What Vitamins Promote the Healthiest Skin?

May 16th, 2015

The summer season rapidly approaches and with its arrival it is critical to know what vitamins promote the healthiest skin.  This time of the year brings longer hours of daylight, so the leading NYC spas recommend some proven vitamins to keep dermal health at its most balanced and protected from the elements.

Vitamin A

This is the foundation vitamin for acquiring and maintaining absolute a visibly radiant complexion.  It is in fact a required nutrient that facilitates the overall function of the dermis: it holds the structure of the skin together along with the proteins collagen and elastin.   The Daily Hydrating Cream that is recommended by NYC’s own celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, is abundant in Vitamin A loaded shea and cocoa butters.  These two anti-aging butters restore full elasticity to all skin types while diminishing blemishes and inhibiting the early arrival of wrinkles.

According to WebMD, vitamin A can be affectively applied to treat skin conditions including “acne, eczema, cold sores, wounds, burns, sunburn, keratosis follicularis (Darier’s disease), ichthyosis (noninflammatory skin scaling), lichen planus pigmentosus, and pityriasis rubra pilaris.” Vitamin A  can expedite the healing of wounds, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and shield against the threat of UV radiation exposure.


Vitamin C

This vitamin is revitalizing and essential part of any daily face care diet.  It is the ultimate supplement for protecting the dermis from environmental factors including UV exposure, free radicals, and general pollutants and contaminants.  So applying a Vitamin C Face Wash for regular cleansing is an easy way to shield your skin from potential breakdown when you’re out in the sun during the remainder of spring and into summer.

Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D. of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found that “the antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and it’s role in collagen synthesis make it a vital molecule for skin health.”  Topical ascorbic acid have shown beneficial results in skin cells and some studies have shown that the vitamin may help prevent and treat photo-damage from exposure to UV solar rays.

Vitamin B3

According to a recent article in the Huffington Post titled, Vitamin B3 Could Help Prevent The Most Common Types Of Skin Cancer, an Australian study found that “people who took a specific type of vitamin B3 for a year had a 23 percent lower rate of new skin cancers compared to others who took [a placebo].”  Scientists believe that nicotinamide, unrelated to nicotine or niacin, may help repair DNA in damaged cells due to sun exposure.

It is especially important to be aware of the natural barrier these vitamins provide as we spend more time outdoors during these warmer sun-filled days.  Short of locking yourself indoors for complete protection, there are smart steps you can take to enrich and protect your face from damage for the healthiest skin possible.  Be sure to consult with your choice aesthetician to discuss the full benefits of these nutrients for your specific skin type.


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 social media and blog scenes…