By: LAUREN BALSAMO
1. Vitamin A
You know this as retinol. It smooths skin texture by speeding up your natural skin-cell turnover process and increasing collagen and elastin production (proteins that keep skin firm), explains US-based derm Joshua Zeichner, MD, who says you should apply it at night (it’s deactivated by sunlight). TRY: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair.
2. Vitamin B
Get familiar with two types: first, B5 (panthenol) is used in creams and gels (like Olay’s) to hydrate, while B3, niacinamide (in Lakmé’s), brightens your skin tone and minimises breakouts by regulating both pigment and sebum
production,” says US-based celeb facialist and product formulator Renée Rouleau. TRY: Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel, amazon.com and the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Serum.
3. Vitamin C
Dealing with dark spots or hyper-pigmentation? Fade it with Vitamin C. The ingredient suppresses melanin activity (by both lightening pigment, and preventing it from forming) and also stops existing spots from getting darker, explains Renée. TRY: Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Illuminating Serum.
4. Vitamin D
Applied topically, this antioxidant can protect skin from environmental aggressors (like UV and pollution) and even prevent wrinkles by promoting skin-cell turnover, says Dr Zeichner. TRY: Murad Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil, amazon.com.
5. Vitamin E
Dry, dehydrated skin will love E’s nourishing and moisturising effects. Its emollient properties help smooth rough, scaly patches, explains Rouleau. TRY: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil.
6. Vitamin F
F stands for fatty acids (like linoleic acid). They fill in the cracks between surface skin cells to improve barrier function, essential for preventing bad stuff like dirt and bacteria from penetrating skin and good stuff like moisture from escaping, explains Dr Zeichner. TRY: Joana Vargas Daily Serum, amazon.com
This article was originally published in the July 2018 issue of Cosmopolitan India.