A skincare routine is essential for keeping skin healthy and glowing as we age, but it’s not just limited to anti-aging creams and lotions. Dermatologists have explained the link between two essential vitamins and brighter, plumper and firmer skin.
Doctor Jaffer Khan is an expert dermatologist and board-certified plastic surgeon who founded International Aesthetics, who starred in the Netflix television series Dubai Bling. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “Ageing is basically largely genetic. In my opinion, it accounts for about 70% of the changes.
“However, there are things we can do to reduce the manifestations of aging on the skin and a lot of that depends on our habits as well as protecting our skin from the environment.”
Not “paying attention” to your skin’s needs is one of the “biggest mistakes” people can make, Dr. Jaffer explained.
“It’s like anything else if we had an outer covering, say, for example, your clothes, if it’s not looked after then obviously the life of the material and the fabric is affected,” did he declare.
“Similarly, the skin is the largest organ in the body and requires adequate hydration, adequate protection and nutrients to promote its rapid turnover, as we renew our skin cells quite frequently and although this decreases with age, a daily skin care routine and a healthy lifestyle can definitely prevent the worsening of skin health.”
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It starts with a healthy, balanced diet rich in two essential vitamins. Dr Jaffer said: “A healthy diet rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, along with adequate fluid intake and regular physical activity, all help the skin.”
There is a wide range of plant-based foods and animal products rich in vitamin A. These include salmon, eggs, dairy products such as milk or cheese, carrots, tomatoes , sweet potatoes and leafy green vegetables.
Most people get enough vitamin A from their diet, and although there are supplement options available, the NHS warns that some research suggests that having more than an average of 1.5mg per day of vitamin A for many years can affect your bones, making them more likely to fracture when you are older.
Vitamin C can be obtained by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, but experts at Very Well Health point out that it might not be enough to get that youthful glow. This is where topical applications come in.
Doctor Elif Benar (@drelifbenar), a celebrity dermatologist, told Express.co.uk: “I recommend my anti-aging super serum which contains hyaluronic acid to boost collagen, and my professional serum with vitamin C to protect against damage caused by the sun – it’s a powerful antioxidant that reduces hyperpigmentation, to help brighten the skin. Vitamin C serum in the morning, anti-aging serum in the evening every day. Perfect.”
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Vitamin C can be found in a number of products, including serums and creams. When applied topically, Vitamin C is absorbed directly into the top layers of the skin, allowing it to quickly get to work smoothing the skin, reducing fine lines and dark spots.
Specialists of Very good health said: “When applied topically, vitamin C accelerates the production of collagen and elastin, which help keep skin plump and firm. Topical vitamin C can help prevent premature aging of the skin, by giving the skin a youthful and smooth appearance.”
Research also suggests that you don’t need high levels of vitamin C to produce positive effects, in fact, products with concentrations below one percent may still provide benefits for the skin.
Similarly, vitamin A can also be applied topically. Many creams, serums and oils contain vitamin A or retinoids.
The application of such creams can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, according to experts from Health line. It can also cause “new skin cells to grow” which can smooth your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
However, before embarking on a new skincare routine, Dr. Elif says it’s essential that you take note of your skin type and individual needs.
She explained: “A common mistake is mixing too many products and choosing non-medical grade beauty products.
“It could cause irreversible damage to your skin and you should ask your dermatologist to create your tailored skincare routine.”