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Healthy Skin Needs The Nutrition Of Vitamins And Minerals

By: Holly Dodd

We all want to look our best. Healthy skin makes us look
younger and makes us feel more beautiful. In addition to the
cosmetic benefits of healthy skin there are other health
benefits to consider. Our skin was designed to be a protective
barrier to keep bacteria, viruses and other contaminants from
entering the body. Eating healthy is a great start to keeping
your skin healthy but adding vitamins and mineral supplements
act as insurance.

Free-radical damage occurs in skin just like every other part
of our bodies. Anti-oxidant vitamins, like vitamin A, C and E
are essential in warding off this damage. One of the types of
free radical damage is the

Anti-oxidant vitamins, like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E
are important to healthy skin because it is these vitamins that
share in the responsibility of controlling the damage that free
radicals, byproducts of energy production within the body and
of environmental contaminants, produce. Collagen and elastin,
which are fibers that support the skin, are damaged by these
free radicals. As these are this damage occurs, wrinkles and a
lack of that youthful elasticity begin to take place. Vitamin C
is essential in the production of collagen, making it necessary
to the look of the skin and its function. Recent studies have
even found that the combination of Vitamins C and E can be used
to help repair sun-damaged skin.

Small deficiencies of vitamin A can affect skins health and
beauty. In addition to its anti-oxidant properties, vitamin A
helps eliminate dryness and flakiness to the skin. This dryness
makes lines and wrinkles in skin even more apparent than skin
that is hydrated.

Vitamin A's main use though is as a topical treatment for the
reduction of lines and wrinkles and it's been found effective
against severe acne. Recent studies have found skin treatments
that include the combination of Vitamin A and C can in some
cases reverse the damage caused by aging and the sun.

Vitamin B deficiencies can lead to cracking, bleeding and even
skin legions. These legions can be dangerous because they can
allow bacteria, viruses and other contaminants to enter the
body through the skin. Even a little shortage of Vitamin B can
leave skin looking scaly and badly textured. Creams made with
vitamin B have been found to hydrated skin cells, leaving
firmer, healthier looking skin.

If you're plagued by dark circles under your eyes, vitamin K
has been found to help. Some studies claim that creams made up
of both Vitamin K and Vitamin A are more effective than those
made with Vitamin K, but research is still being done on this

The minerals Selenium, Copper and Zinc have also been found to
improve the look and health of skin. Selenium can be used as a
topical treatment or a dietary supplement in an effort to
prevent skin cancer. While Zinc, copper and the addition of
vitamin C work together to keep skin healthy and firm by
forming elastin.

Used correctly by following standard guidelines, vitamins and
minerals can be a great way to keep skin looking young and
healthy. The key is to recognize that these are powerful
substances and care should be taken to use the proper dosage.
Not following guidelines could result in effects that can
result in serious side effects. Used correctly though, vitamins
and minerals can be a welcome addition to your beauty regime.

About The Author: Holly Dodd has been researching and writing
about many consumer concerns such as - She also maintains a
number of websites such as to share
this research.

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