Top Vitamins to Shield Skin from UV Harm

August 18th, 2015

All year round the ultraviolet rays, which cause sun damage can be a menace in the form of  ravaging free radicals. The leading NYC spas know the top vitamins to shield against UV harm that leads to dermal demise. They also have the most trusted tips on sunscreens that protect the skin while outdoors. Their knowledgable about the benefits of using vitamins for protection from within and without can be major skin-savers.

A Rejuvenating Serum that has Vitamins A, C or E offers powerful antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and prevent them from causing cellular breakdown. In addition, taking these vitamins regularly can help repair some of the damage that has already been done. Dermatological research has found that vitamins C and E, as well as selenium protect against skin cancer and sun damage and may actually reverse discoloration and wrinkles.These antioxidants speed up the body’s repair systems and make the skin less vulnerable to further damage.


When applied topically vitamin E has been found to protect the dermis from sun damage, while effectively improving skin texture as well as the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Retinoic acid, vitamin A in its active form, is used widely in anti-aging skin care and has been highly effective in treating skin damage caused by sun exposure. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and makes the dermal surface more taut.

The key to using vitamins effectively to shield from UV exposure is knowing how to combine them. While vitamins C and E  have been found to help prevent sunburn, they are more powerful when taken together. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of vitamin C; while snacking on almonds will deliciously boost your intake of vitamin E. Eating foods high in vitamins and antioxidants will not only decrease sun damage and improve the skin’s appearance but will also contribute to your all-around health and well-being.

For those on the go, taking supplements may be the easier way to get the benefits of these vitamins. Dermatologists recommend supplements containing 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 international units of vitamin E and 100 to 200 micrograms of selenium for the optimal UV protection benefit.

Sun protection is important for the prevention of further damage so wearing sunscreen is important. Look for mineral-based (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) and chemical free ones. Taking vitamins won’t replace the need for sunscreen but will boost the body’s defenses against UV harm.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise exploring the art, social media and blogging scenes…