2 Common Nutrients For Your Skin
These 2 common nutrients are better for your skin when you use them together
First, as an antioxidant, vitamin E helps defend your skin from the sun. It soaks up ultraviolet light, helping to keep free radicals from damaging your skin. While it can't absorb all types of UV rays — it's most effective against light in the UVB spectrum — it does provide an additional layer of protection when used in conjunction with a UVA defense. So it's a good idea to combine vitamin E with vitamin C. This combination makes vitamin E even more effective against UV damage, whether you take the vitamins orally or apply them topically. They've been shown to work together to decrease sunburn, DNA damage, and skin pigmentation after UV exposure.What's more, when you take vitamin E orally, the vitamin C helps keep vitamin E stable, so it's more able to continue its antioxidant activity.
Combining vitamin E with vitamin C and vitamin D has other benefits as well. Scientists are looking at vitamin E's ability to improve skin water-binding capacity. What they've found so far indicates the vitamin E could be useful as a moisturizing agent and to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by pollution.
Because of these many benefits, it's a good idea to use vitamin E topically in addition to taking it orally. The unesterified form seems to be the most consistently effective for topical application. This form is the most similar to natural sources of the vitamin. If you want to keep your skin safe from damaging UV rays and the stresses of inflammation, make sure your skin care treatments combine both vitamin E and vitamin C.