For good healthy skin, what you pit inside the body is as important as what you apply outside. Diet is extremely important for the good health of your skin. Here are some ways you can improve your skin by taking a vitamin rich diet.

Vitamin A
It assists in the functioning and repair of the skin cells. It is a potent antioxidant that improves the skin elasticity and resilience. Include lots of colorful vegetables in your diet like carrots and spinach along with fortified milk or fortified soymilk. For topical application, look for products containing Retinoids. Do remember to wear sunscreen while using retinoid based products to help guard the skin’s increased sun susceptibility.

Vitamin C
It helps in the repair process of skin tissues and is used extensively in anti aging products. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin as well. Including Vitamin C in your diet will also help prevent cancer as it eliminates the free radicals that attack the DNA. Eat tomatoes, citrus fruits and dark, leafy veggies. For topical application look for products containing ascorbic acid.

Vitamin D
Also called the “sunshine vitamin” this vitamin can be created by the skin from cholesterol when exposed to sunlight. It helps with the skin’s healing process and supports bone structure. However, don’t take it as an excuse to sunbathe all day. Only a small amount of Vitamin D is required by the body. It’s also found in fish oils, egg yolks, butter and fortified milk.

Vitamin E
In skin care products, it is often used in combination with Vitamin A to protect the skin from the sun’s rays. It is also known to heal damaged tissues. As far as diet is concerned, Safflower Oil is known to contain high amounts of Vitamin E. Also, avocadoes, butter and egg yolks are rich in Vitamin E.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has authored several articles about skin care products like Anti-aging Skin Care Products, Sun Tanning & Sunscreens and so on.