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Vitamin B for Youthful, Radiant Skin

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The vitamin B complex. It may be fair to say it’s the vitamin complex that puts the ‘B’ in beauty. Sure Vitamin A is the “gold standard” when it comes to aging, and vitamin C and E are both powerful antioxidants, but when it comes to strengthening skin, hair, and nails, you can’t really beat the B vitamins. Let’s have a look at this beautifying octet and see why B vitamins are so essential for youthful skin, healthy hair, and tough as nails.

Vitamin B
First thought to be one vitamin, later found to be eight, the B vitamins work together to keep our bodies working like the well-oiled machines they are. B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B8, B9 and B12 all perform slightly different functions that help provide nutrients to our bodies and prevent everything from memory loss to migraines. However, lately vitamin B has been coming into attention from the beauty world, with a large number of studies showing how vitamin B’s inclusion in face creams can be a key component in the prevention of aging.

Nicotinamide, a vitamin B-3 derivative, in particular, has been shown to help the upper layer of skin retain moisture, with less dryness, flakiness, and fine lines, and has demonstrated skin brightening properties when added to moisturizers.

B Vitamins For Skin
Dull and unhealthy skin and certain chronic skin issues have all been associated with a vitamin B deficiency. B-12 regulates pigment location and production which can prevent darkening of the skin on certain parts of the body related to hyperpigmentation. Vitamin B3 can be used to minimize the appearance and degree of severity in some skin conditions, and B5 can help with acne by breaking down oils.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, supplementing with B5 can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels to promote healthy skin indirectly, and can, more specifically help to prevent acne by breaking down the oils in these compounds. Vitamin B5 has also been linked with a fast healing of wounds, especially when combined with vitamin C.

B Vitamins For Hair
B vitamins metabolize food, which means nutrition goes to the whole body, hair follicles included. B1, B2, B3, and B5 deficiencies can all result in weak hair follicle cells, and lack of B9, or folic acid, can slow cell division in follicles, slowing down growth.

Vitamin B7 or biotin, otherwise know as the “beauty vitamin” can help maintain strength, tone, and texture of hair and can even prevent hair loss caused by poor thyroid health and biotin deficiencies. Biotin can also be used to treat cradle cap in infants.

B Vitamins For Nails
Strong nails require a number of B vitamins to stay healthy. Vitamin B12 or riboflavin helps with iron absorption necessary for nail health, too little of which results in white, thin, brittle nails, and even abnormal nail growth. B12 also plays a role in the formation of red blood cells, hence the prevention of anemia, one of the symptoms of which is unhealthy nails. Vitamin B9, or folate, helps with the development of new cells, which contributes to nail growth.

Sources
While the body usually produces its own vitamin B, food sources include fish, meat, and vegetables. Fish has the highest B content, with salmon, tuna, trout, and cod topping the list. Lamb, poultry, eggs meat, and dairy are also good sources of Vitamin B and certain fruits, vegetables and legumes also rank high on the list. Avocados, pomegranates, and berries are all high in Vitamin B, as are green leafy vegetables, potatoes, and squashes. Soybeans, lentils, and kidney beans also have high concentrations of the vitamin.

What do you think? Does Vitamin B complex put the “B” in beauty? Let us know!

Top Family Care Ingredients

With the end of summer approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the back to school basics. You have to spend time browsing through the stores for all of the school supplies, new clothes because your kids have outgrown last year’s, and of course, the lunch bags. Amidst all of the planning and preparation that goes into back-to-school time, it becomes all too easy to make the health of your family a priority. However, making sure your entire family is receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals they need. Back-to-school also means back to classrooms full of runny little noses, not enough hand washing and exposure to all kinds of germs. Vine Vera compiled a list of the ingredients that make for a healthy, happy family.

Calcium rich foods

Calcium
Every member of your family requires calcium. Your children need calcium to help grow strong, healthy bones and adults in the household need calcium to maintain strong bones. As you age your stores of calcium decrease significantly, so it is important to continue replenishing your body’s store of calcium. For children, the more calcium they get at younger ages increases the amount stored for when they eventually age and begin to lose calcium. You can get calcium from dietary sources like dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, salmon and leafy, dark greens like kale.

Vitamin C rich foods

Vitamin C
You probably are already aware that you need vitamin C to support healthy immune function, and you know you can get it from oranges. However, vitamin C does far more than improve immune system functioning. Vitamin C also helps strengthen blood vessels, providing antioxidant benefits such as fighting free radicals, increasing skin elasticity (great for the adults in the house) and helping your body absorb iron. Of course you can grab some oranges to get vitamin C, but you can also include items such as kiwis, goji berries, grapefruits, strawberries and red and green peppers.

Vitamin B rich foods

B Vitamins
B vitamins are an essential ingredient for all members of your family. These vitamins are largely responsible for energy production, and you’re going to need it as the school year starts. B vitamins also have some of the same benefits of vitamin C: they improve immune function and help with iron absorption. You can get your B vitamins in whole unprocessed foods like whole grains, lentils, potatoes, chili peppers and bananas.

Bowl of fresh spinach.

Iron
Iron is an important ingredient for your whole family. It naturally builds muscle and maintains healthy blood. You can add iron to your family’s diet by eating organ meats such as liver, clams and oysters. If your family, or a member of your family, is vegetarian there are still good sources of iron. Vegetables like soybeans, beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds and lentils all have significant levels of iron.

Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps your immune system as well as improving your blood circulation. It is also an antioxidant that helps your body fight free radical damage. One of the greatest, and tastiest, sources of vitamin E is almonds. You can also add vitamin E to your family’s diet through tomatoes, sunflower seeds and sunflower and safflower oils.

Keeping your family healthy does not have to become your full time job. Incorporating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables helps ensure your family are getting all the ingredients they require for their health.

Level Up Your Skin Care Ingredients

The various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your skin needs to be it’s healthiest come in a variety of forms. For instance, retinol (vitamin A) comes in many forms ranging from retinyl palmitate to tretinoin. Figuring out which form of a specific ingredient you need is tricky business, and ultimately will depend on your skin and it’s needs. However, we have a bit of a guide here that explains the different forms of ingredients and how they may, or may not, be what you want to look for in your skin care.

Chemical formula of Vitamin A on a blackboard

Vitamin A
Vitamin A, or retinol, has long been considered one of the most effective skin care ingredients in the fight against aging. Additionally, there are numerous acne treatments that harness the power of retinol. According to skin experts, retinol can be broken into certain potent compounds known as retinoids. Vitamin A, retinol and retinoids are terms that are usually used interchangeably, but each has its own regulations and distinctions. Retinol is labeled as a cosmetic ingredient and can be used in any formulations. The other forms of retinol that are rated as cosmetic-grade and can therefore be used in any formulation include retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinaldehyde.

Which one is right for you? It depends on your skin and your needs. Basically, in order to be effective retinol must be broken down into retinoic acid to be most effective to your skin. Retinoids, then, must be broken down from retinyl acetate to retinol to retinoic acid. Retinoic acid in these forms are mostly used in over-the-counter skin products. For severe skin issues, consult a doctor or dermatologist about the use of prescrition retinoids such as adapalene, tazarotene and tretinoin.

Sliced oranges.

Vitamin C
Another vitamin with tons of skin benefits is vitamin C. The “best” form of vitamin C is ascorbic acid (or L-ascorbic acid). Perhaps because this form of vitamin C has the most research on skin benefits, this is the form of vitamin C that most frequently appears in well-formulated skin care products. Ascorbic acid helps produce new and younger looking skin and fades problems like sun damage or post-acne marks.

Other forms of vitamin C include ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, retinyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphates. These are all derivatives of vitamin C that come with their own unique benefits, but largely include the repair and protection of free radical damage.

Chemical formula of vitamin B3.

Vitamin B
There are many types of vitamin B that are included in skin care and beauty products, many of which are used to treat specific skin care concerns. Vitamin B3 is also known as nicotinic acid and niacinamide and is a form of vitamin B to look into if you require skin care that focuses on anti-aging properties.

Vitamin B5 is another common ingredient in skin care and is also referred to as pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid may help with acne issues and has been proven to provide hydration and healing properties to the skin. Panthenol is the alcohol form of pantothenic acid and is a frequent addition to beauty formulas for its humectant properties. It improves the barrier function of the skin and helps improve the cells responsible for creating collagen.

The cosmetic and beauty industry is an ever-changing business always featuring new technology and improved ingredients. Ultimately, the forms of ingredients that you desire will depend on the needs your skin has. However, with a little help from Vine Vera, you can get started on discerning what ingredient forms are best for you.