Check Up: How to have healthy skin

December 06, 2017

Nicolette is 23 years old and emails Check Up requesting information on the best vitamins for a healthy skin.

She is tired of a spotty skin and wants to ensure that she is on the right track with her diet to ensure good and healthy skin.

Taking care of the skin is an essential part of the health regimen of most women. And for those who didn't know, the skin is our body's largest organ!

First things first! Please limit the sunlight (ultraviolet / UV rays) which is reaching your skin. UV rays are harmful to the skin and protective sunscreen should be applied several times a day.

Vitamins can help the skin look healthy and youthful, and prevent or retard the formation of dark spots, wrinkles, and excessive dryness.

n Vitamin D plays an important role in the skin tone. It can be increased in the diet by eating breakfast cereals and yogurt, and drinking orange juice. Salmon, tuna and codfish are also great sources of Vitamin D.

- Vitamin C's role in collagen synthesis helps keep skin youthful and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C is obtained from citrus products such as oranges, cherries, strawberries, and grapefruits, and is also found in broccoli and spinach.

- Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It protects against sun damage, wrinkles and dark spots. It is found in nuts and seeds like almond and sunflower seeds. It is also very useful when applied topically.

- Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and with the healing of wounds and bruises. It can be obtained in the diet by increasing intake of kale, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, and green beans.

While vitamins are essential for skin care, your daily diet may already be supplying more than enough. What you eat matters! But no matter what you eat, wear sunscreen.

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