Vitamins work in Cosmetics?

It is well known what vitamins, minerals and some other substances can do for our appearance. For example: vitamin E and bio-carotene (red/orange pigment found in fresh fruits and vegetables) protect the skin from the ultraviolet light of the sun and tanning beds. And vitamin A and pantothenic acid help repair damaged skin.

vitamins work in cosmetics?

Related to this, vitamin deficiency can lead to skin and hair abnormalities. For example, people may suffer from eczema, when they are deficient in vitamin B2, B6 or B8. A deficiency of the latter vitamin can even lead to hair loss. A shortage of vitamin A can cause your skin cornification. As we have seen on the previous pages, vitamin deficiencies can disappear wit a balanced diet and supplements. A third way to absorb vitamins is through the skin with cosmetics. This only works with high concentrations of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Below you will find 3 examples of what vitamins can do in cosmetics. 

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Everybody has to go through puberty in his life and everybody knows how annoying pimples can be at that age. Some people suffer a bit more from it than others and some handle it more sensibly than others. The one who is very fanatically squeezing out every pimple runs the risk of leaving scars, that will remain visible for the rest of your life. A lotion with high concentrations of vitamin A (retinol) can offer a solution here. Retinol promotes cell division and with the new cells the skin can become visibly smoother. Due to the high concentrations of vitamin A, the use of this lotion is not without danger. For this reason, in some countries this cream can only be obtained on doctor's prescription. Although the smoothening effect of retinol has been scientifically proven, it is questionable whether lotions with a low concentration of this vitamin will really ensure smooth skin.

Vitamin C and E.

On this page we talked about antioxidants and free radicals and how harmful free radicals are to skin cells. By means of creams containing vitamin C and E (antioxidants) the cosmetics hope to have found a means to fight these free radicals.

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Shampoo with Vitamin B5

A form of vitamin B5 (panthenol) is often added to shampoo. This vitamin ensures that the hair retains moisture better and thus dries out less quickly. This gives the hair more shine and volume.


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