Skin, Hair and Nails

Skin, Hair and Nails

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Life Vitamins Skin, Hair and Nails is the surest way to ensure youthful skin, strong hair and healthy nails.

A variety of vitamins and antioxidants may improve the health and quality of skin, hair and nails. Here are a few of the most effective ones:

Vitamins C and E and Selenium

Research has found that vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, can help protect the skin against sun damage and skin cancer. And they may actually reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging. These antioxidants work by speeding up the skin's natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage.

Vitamin A

Retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin A in the skin and the "gold standard" in anti-aging skin care. Topical retinoic acid treats fine wrinkles, age spots, and rough skin caused by sun exposure. In a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science, researchers found that treatment with retinoic acid restored the elastic fibers that keep skin taut, and reduced the appearance of wrinkles.

Flavonoids

Research suggests that the flavonoids are strong antioxidants that may help protect the skin from cancer and inflammation. A German study in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank hot cocoa with a high flavonoid concentration for three months had softer, smoother skin than women who drank hot cocoa with a lower flavonoid concentration. Another study, this one in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that women whose skin was treated with green tea extract were more protected against the adverse effects of sunlight exposure.

B Vitamins

The B vitamins are essential for cells throughout the body, including skin cells. It's important to get enough of foods rich in B vitamins, such as chicken, eggs, and fortified grain products, because a B vitamin deficiency can lead to dry, itchy skin. Research is showing that some B vitamins are beneficial when applied to the skin.

 

Other Antioxidants

 

Many other plant-based extracts are being studied for their positive effects on the skin, either when ingested or applied topically. Examples are rosemary, tomato paste (lycopene), grape seed extract, pomegranate, and soy. Some experts feel that a blend of many different antioxidants and extracts might be more effective than individual products.