Five Nutrients You Need for Healthy Skin

Good nutrition is important for healthy skin. Macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and lipids and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals play important roles in maintaining the barrier function of skin in the face of everyday challenges like photo damage, dry skin, wrinkles and wound healing.

Five Nutrients You Need for Healthy Skin

Five Nutrients You Need for Healthy Skin

Topical application of vitamins and minerals complements a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet to promote healthier, younger-looking skin. Incorporate these five nutrients into your routine to help keep skin healthy:

Vitamin A (also known as retinol) is a retinoid, an agent used on the skin to diminish the signs of aging. Vitamin A promotes skin cell turnover, thickening the skin, and decreases collagen breakdown. Dermatological research has found that topical vitamin A improves:

  • Acne
  • Wrinkling
  • Brown spots
  • Rough spots
  • Pre-cancerous skin conditions

Vitamin C: With its antioxidant properties and role in collagen production, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is important for skin health. Vitamin C protects the skin against damage caused by free radicals. Topical application of vitamin C for at least 12 weeks has been shown to:

  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Decrease roughness of the skin
  • Increase the production of collagen

Vitamin E, another antioxidant, protects against UV radiation and free radicals that come in contact with your epidermis. Topical vitamin E prevents inflammatory damage, reducing skin swelling, skin thickness and reddening after UV exposure. Topical vitamin E also has moisturizing effects, improving your skin’s natural moisture and texture, making it softer and smoother.

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) is also an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent. Vitamin B3 increases the production of ceramides and fatty acids, two important components of your skin’s protective barrier. Studies have shown topical niacinamide to be effective in treating acne. According to Dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, MD, niacinamide may help reduce the signs of sun damage.

In a series of studies, 50 women who showed signs of facial photoaging (e.g., fine lines and wrinkles, poor texture and hyperpigmented spots) applied a niacinamide cream to half their face and a placebo cream to the other half twice a day for 12 weeks. The topical niacinamide improved elasticity and the skin’s appearance (reducing fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, blotchiness and yellowing).

Zinc: Applied topically, zinc oxide remains on the upper layers of the stratum corneum (the top layer of the epidermis), without being absorbed into the skin. Zinc oxide protects the skin from photodamage by absorbing and filtering ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB), reducing the amount of harmful radiation that penetrates your skin. Zinc oxide is a safe and effective physical sunscreen. Topical zinc oxide may also enhance the wound-healing process.

Skinfuse Micro-Needling Protocol

These five vital nutrients are also key ingredients in the SkinFuse micro-needling protocol:

Surge 1 Collagen Boost, a once-weekly emollient that enhances your skin’s repair process and improves your skin’s appearance. It contains vitamin A (retinyl safflowerate), vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), vitamin E linoleate and niacinamide—a nutritional powerhouse for your skin!

Rescue Calming Complex, a hydrating gel that soothes and protects your skin and reduces inflammation. It contains vitamin E (tocopherol linoleate/oleate) and niacinamide.

Fortify Vita C Serum, a serum containing niacinamide and vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate).

Reclaim Hydrating Support, a moisturizer with vitamin E (tocopherol linoleate/oleate), niacinamide and zinc.

Zinc Oxide 21%, a physical sunscreen, contains zinc oxide and vitamin E (tocopherol linoleate/oleate).