We all have our skincare routine that works for us, but sometimes our skin needs a little extra help than what we’re giving it. Ensure your skin remains healthy and happy for a long time with these essential (and natural) supplements!
Vitamin D Is a Requirement for Healthy Skin!
We know what you’re thinking: vitamin D, don’t I get that from the sun? You do! The right amount of sun (and therefore the right amount of vitamin D) plays an integral role in skin protection and rejuvenation. It helps skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism, as well as enhances your skin’s immune system and protects against premature aging. Too much sun, however, can actually speed up premature aging and lead to cancer, so moderation is key.
Calcitriol, a man-made version of the vitamin, may even help treat psoriasis. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology found that applying calcitriol in the form of a topical cream reduced the amount of skin inflammation and irritation in people with psoriasis and produced few adverse side effects.
We recommend doing the following to get enough vitamin D in your system to keep your skin radiant and healthy:
Get 10 minutes of sun exposure every day (peak times are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
Eat fortified foods like breakfast cereals, orange juice, and yogurt
Eat foods naturally high in vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, and cod
Vitamin C to Protect Your Skin
If you follow our blog, then you know we’re a huge cheerleader for vitamin C. It does so much more than help shorten flus and colds and help with allergies!
Vitamin C is one of the most common vitamins in the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis) and the innermost layer (the dermis). It has cancer-fighting properties, and its role in collagen function means it helps keep you looking young and wrinkle-free.
On top of that, vitamin C can enhance the effectiveness of sunscreen by acting as a shield for your cells against damage. It can even help prevent dry skin too — so if you’re going to be spending a day in the sun any time soon, take plenty of vitamin C beforehand to help protect yourself from burns and blisters.
Vitamin C is super easy to get too. You can give us a call and one of our registered nurses will come right to your home with a hydrating IV jam-packed with vitamin C. You’ll be protected for days to come! You can also get it from:
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons
Fruits and vegetables like strawberries, broccoli, spinach
Some anti-aging creams
Over-the-counter vitamin supplements (though check with your doctor before taking them!)
Zinc For Amazingly Healthy Skin
If you didn’t think zinc would be on the list, we don’t blame you. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your skin. In fact, you likely never thought of it before, unless you know of its burn-healing properties. However, zinc is found in every single cell in your body, and more than 100 different enzymes need it to function. Skin cells are particularly dependent on zinc’s powerful properties—in fact, your epidermis has the highest concentration of zinc (six times more!) than any other layer of your skin.
So what does it do? Zinc protects your skin, period. It lessens the formation of damaging free radicals so your cells can continue to produce collagen, keep its firmness and structure, and stay healthy.
Like vitamin C, zinc is also effective at boosting sunscreen’s properties. It’s designed to stop UV rays from penetrating your skin entirely and doesn’t absorb deeply when used as a lotion. This makes it the perfect sunscreen ingredient for kids and adults with sensitive skin. Just look for “zinc oxide” in the ingredients!
Zinc does even more than that. It helps reduce inflammation caused by acne, oil, and other free radicals that irritate your skin. It’s even helpful at clearing up acne flare-ups and preventing pores from clogging in the first place.
Zinc is commonly found in foods, but not all of its forms are easily digested. That’s why we recommend using topical creams or taking it through an IV for optimal absorption. Both methods completely bypass your digestive tract, so it can go exactly where it needs to help protect your skin. The main difference is that zinc through an IV stays in your system longer than topical creams and you don’t have the fear of washing it off before it’s fully absorbed.
If you’re interested in getting both zinc and vitamin C in an IV treatment, give us a call! We’ll be happy to help you and our service is 100% mobile, meaning you don’t have to brave the summer heat at all. Book an appointment online or give us a call at 602-755-9525 today!