Usage of Vitamins in personal care formulations has been proven to actually improve not just the appearance of the skin, but the health of the skin as well. We now have products that renew, restore, and rejuvenate—not just cleanse, protect, and moisturize.
The primary vitamins used by cosmetic formulators includes vitamin A, B, C, D, E, F, and K.
Vitamin A i.e. Retinol
- Its the closest thing we have to fountain of youth. - normalizes keratinization which helps reduce roughness and wrinkles
- fades hyperpigmentation marks, treat acne
- Reverses photo ageing/damage
- Generally found in products as retinyl palmitate, retinal esters
Vitamin B3 i.e. Niacinamide (Niacin)
- boosts ceramide production and strengthens the skin's moisture barrier function
- Lightens pigmentation caused by acne
- Best vitamin for dry and sensitive skin
Pro-vitamin B5 i.e. DL- Panthenol
- This one is a precursor which is converted to Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) in our skin
- Improves hydration in skin and hair
- Relieves inflammation
Vitamin B7 i.e. Biotin
- Biotin works great to strengthen hair and nails
- Its benefits for skin are debatable and has been linked to breakouts in some people while improving skin conditions in others
Vitamin C i.e. Ascorbic Acid
- protects agains free radical damage
- regenerate collagen
- Evens the skin tone
- L-ascorbic acid becomes unstable when comes in contact with Oxygen and water. Stable forms of Vitamin C for skincare formulations are ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and trisodium ascorbyl phosphate
Vitamin E i.e. Tocopherol
- reduce appearance of scars and dark marks
- protects the skin from pollution, UV damage and oxidative stress
- Improves moisture retention
- Solves 90% of skin issues
Vitamin C and E work in tandem, to heighten the effects of the other.
What is your favorite Vitamin in skin/haircare product? Let us know in the comment section.