Skin-care lotions and the vitamins they contain



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Most ladies are not completely aware of their skin’s needs and how to satisfy them. This is a guide to the effects different vitamins have on the skin. It will help you choose the cream or lotion that will give you maximum nourishment.
Vitamin A
This vitamin inhibits wrinkle formation, strengthens the defenses of the skin, giving it more elasticity and improving cell metabolism. It also helps in the growth of hair and nails and regulates the secretion of the sebaceous and sweat glands. Vitamin A deficiency makes the skin dry, flaky and prone to cracking.
B Vitamins
They are very helpful against skin diseases, the presence of which is often indicative of a B vitamin deficiency. They also play a part in metabolism, pigmentation, hair growth and the proper functioning of the sebaceous glands. A deficiency in vitamins of the B group is linked to cracking of the corners of the mouth and in the area of the nails. Vitamin B5 (panthenol) is often used as an ingredient in lotions designed for the skin of the face and neck area. Provitamin B5 can be found in toning lotions, cleansing milk, hair masks and lip products.
Vitamin C
Very helpful in tissue regeneration, vitamin C has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. It stimulates the production of collagen, takes part in the processes of pigment formation and carbohydrate metabolism and regulates the expansion of the capillaries. In vitamin C deficiency, skin becomes rough and dry and seems prematurely aged. This vitamin is used as an ingredient in organic lotions, eye-area cosmetics and facial masks.
Vitamin E
Strengthens the defenses of the skin and participates in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Vitamin E helps in the absorption of vitamin A and vitamin D, which is why it is often accompanied by them. Skin with vitamin E deficiency acquires a faded, dull look. This vitamin is primarily used in the preparation of nourishing lotions in the form of oil solutions, as well as in hand and nails care cosmetics.
Vitamin F
It participates in the fat metabolism of the skin, preventing peeling and flaking. If vitamin F is deficient, the skin becomes dry and flaky; the hair becomes thinner and dandruff forms. Vitamin F is added to nourishing lotions, organic hand lotions, hair products and rejuvenating or anti-aging cosmetics.
When buying vitamin lotions, you should consider the following:
Vitamins in cosmetics are not very stable and are easily destroyed. In order to preserve them, the cosmetic companies use complex technology, which is why such lotions are not cheap.
If you cannot afford expensive vitamin lotions, you will need to supplement the nourishment of your skin by eating more raw fruits and vegetables and using face masks with natural ingredients.
In cosmetic products containing more than 5 vitamins, the concentration of each vitamin is most likely minute.
Take caution if the label describes many biologically active additives. Many of them do not work together well and can have side effects.
Some vitamins may cause discomfort in people with very sensitive skin. Always test a new lotion before using it. Apply some of the lotion to the inner part of your wrist and see how you will react to it in a day.
Even the best nourishing lotion can be hazardous in large amounts, because the skin loses its ability to produce the substances it needs, as well as its natural immunity.




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