Our skin is constantly exposed to elements and circumstances that can cause aging and overall unwanted inflammation. Whether these factors are external (like the sun), or internal (like our body stopping the production of collagen), there’s only so much control we can account for when making our skin a top priority.

But! What if we told you, by implementing routine practices into our everyday health and nutrition, we could benefit our skin? Our skin relies on certain vitamins and minerals to keep elastic and reduce any onset of inflammation – making us look younger and healthier. We spoke with Dr. Gretchen Frieling, Board-Certified Dermatopathologist, about the four essential vitamins she recommends introducing into your routine to benefit your skin health. Read on to learn how easy it could be to take your skin health into your own hands.

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1Vitamin C

Here’s why: When reading the ingredients list on your favorite skincare products, we may be surprised to see how often vitamin C is used as a prime ingredient. According to Dr. Frieling, “Vitamin C is present in both the epidermis and dermis, and it is an antioxidant agent. Vitamin C is also an essential part of collagen synthesis. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it is responsible for providing the skin with its structure.” Additionally, many studies have shown that Vitamin C fights inflammation throughout the body – making your skin appear younger!

How to best consume: Along with taking a supplement or vitamin capsule, “vitamin C is present in many fruits and vegetables such as kale, broccoli, oranges, kiwi, and papaya,” says Dr. Frieling. “You really have a large variety of delicious ways to include more vitamin C in your diet. If for some reason, you just don’t have the time or the bandwidth to eat more fruit or veggies throughout the day, many doctors and health professionals are fans of emergency-c packets in the morning.”


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