Vitamins A to… K — what are the best vitamins for healthy skin?
by Rebecca Giorgilli
A year ago
It's not a conspiracy, our bodies need vitamins to function. For example, we need Vitamin C to strengthen our blood vessels and support immunity — so we eat fruit. We also need Vitamin D for strong teeth and bones, and so we eat mushrooms, egg and yolks or get ourselves some sunshine.
But as we always say at Thalia, your skin is your biggest organ, and it cries out for vitamins just like your insides do. But with 13 essential vitamins out there, which ones are essential to healthy skin?
The answer is, well… all of them are. Of course, some are needed in higher quantities than others, and the amount the body naturally produces varies from person to person.
In the same way whole foods contain Vitamins, so do pure plant oils. This is why we have made it our mission to pack our products with as many skin-loving vitamins as possible, in their rawest, cold-pressed and freshest forms possible, for maximum efficacy.
Let’s start at the beginning of the alphabet. Vitamin A. Acclaimed for its ability to regenerate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, most people associate this Vitamin with Retinol. And yes, while this synthetic version applied topically has shown to be beneficial for wrinkles, there is a serious downside. Vitamin A at high levels can be toxic, and its synthetic derivative has been known to cause severe skin sensitivities, dryness, peeling and redness.
As we always say, nature knows best. So we made it our mission to unearth the best natural forms of this skin regenerating Vitamin and include it in both our Awakening Serum and Cleansing Truth. The sources?
Bring on Seabuckthorn Berry CO2 extract. It delivers the richest known plant source of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), while Rosehip C02 extract is another bountiful source of trans-retinoic acid. Retinoic acid, the acid derivative of Vitamin A, is the active ingredient found in Retin-A or Tretinoin. Even better, our Rosehip is extracted from the entire plant, which contains Vitamins A, E and C. (Standard Rosehip oil does not contain Vitamin C — this is a common misnomer!)
Benefits of Vitamin A for your skin:
- Prevent acne
- Normalise the appearance of pigmentation
- Promotes healthy collagen, making the skin look firmer
- Hydrates skin
- Create a more youthful and radiant look
- Maintains healthy dermis and epidermis (top two layers of the skin)
Vitamin B isn’t just any regular vitamin, there are eight different classes of B vitamins — all of which come from different sources and have a variety of skincare benefits.
To go through each one would fill a whole separate article, but the entire complex helps to combat free radical damage, aid anti-ageing and help prevent skin conditions like acne and eczema.
We ingest this vitamin via whole grains, meat or legumes, but you can also apply it to the skin through Camelia Seed, a favourite of Japanese Geisha’s for centuries, and found in our Clarifying Cleansing Oil.
Benefits of Vitamin B for your skin:
- Help prevent darks spots and blotches
- Repair skin damage
- Combat free radical damage
- Supports skin conditions like acne and eczema
For some reason whenever we think of vitamins, our first thought usually goes Vitamin C — probably because it’s in a lot of the food we eat, like citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and spinach.
What you may not know is that it’s already found in high quantities in your skin, helping collagen production and fighting cancer with its antioxidant properties.
But, if you feed your skin with more Vitamin C, you can reap yet more benefits, like fending off the signs of ageing, reducing wrinkles, and preventing dry and damaged skin.
Given the importance of this vitamin to the skin, it was imperative for us to include it in all of our products in its purest form. This is why we only choose organic plants and oils to ensure the vitality and energetic life force of each precious mineral remains intact.
Find it within our Seabuckthorn Berry C02 Extract, organically sourced from Germany, our Rosehip C02 Extract and Camellia Seed Oil.
Benefits of Vitamin C for your skin:
- Neutralise free radicals
- Fend off the signs of ageing
- Reduce wrinkles
- Prevent dry and damaged skin
- Repair damaged skin cells
Vitamin D can affect more than just your bones, it can affect your skin as well.
The sun is, of course, our main source of Vitamin D for the skin, so don’t be afraid to spend some responsible time in the sun.
However, it’s like anything in this world — all in moderation. Too much sun can be harmful to your skin, while healthy levels help to prevent it from prematurely ageing and treat conditions like dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema.
Benefits of Vitamin D for your skin:
- Fend off the signs of ageing
- help skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism
- Treat skin conditions like dry skin, psoriasis and eczema
As we all know, too much sun can be detrimental to your skin’s health, and this is where Vitamin E comes in — it is a vital component in keeping your body balanced during your time outdoors. It absorbs harmful UV rays when applied to the skin, while also nourishing, hydrating and neutralising free radicals.
Normally, the body produces vitamin E through sebum, an oily substance emitted through the skin’s pores. If you find you have dry skin, it’s usually because you don’t produce enough of it.
At Thalia, we want to provide your skin optimal nutrition through powerful botanicals, to bring all skin types back into balance.
Our Awakening Serum contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil: an extremely rare and precious liquid silk which contains incredibly high levels of Vitamin E.
Meanwhile, our Clarifying Cleansing Oil is mixed with Argan Oil: freshly pressed and hand turned on a stone wheel by the Berber women’s co-operative in Morocco, it is famed for its remarkably rich levels of Vitamin E.
Another unsung superhero you might not be familiar with is Tamanu oil. This supremely rich and silky nectar delivers a deep infusion of moisture, and has incredible regenerative abilities. It has shown to be especially effective with the treatment of acne. Find it within our Cleansing Truth.
Benefits of Vitamin E for your skin:
- Reduce inflammation
- Combat against the effects of free radicals
- Absorb harmful UV rays
- Hydrate and bring into balance dry and oily skin
Last, but not least, Vitamin K is essential in aiding the body’s process of blood clotting, which helps heal wounds, bruises, and areas affected by surgery.
But it can also help certain skin conditions, like stretch marks, spider veins, scars, dark spots and circles under your eyes.
Its effects on the skin are more limited than Vitamins E and C, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo this essential mineral.
Find it within our Prickly Pear Seed Oil. Renowned for its ability to reduce dark circles and fine lines.
Benefits of Vitamin K for your skin:
- Reduce stretch marks and scarring
- Limit dark spots and circles under eyes
- Help heal wounds, bruises and areas affected by surgery
Our bodies crave balance, and there are many nutrients that we are either lacking or simply cannot manufacture on its own — and that’s why we believe an all-natural all-encompassing skincare regime is an incredible way to topically nourish both your skin and your soul with all vitamins it needs.
To your blossoming xxx