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Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy. I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that is fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthen hair and nails, give natural shine and gloss to hair, and help to fight or prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil- available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts. Most of these may be obtained through food sources, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns; I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Although aging is inevitable, we can put our best effort forward and try to prolong it as long as possible. There is no permanent solution to the aging of your skin other than a facelift, botox or some other kind of surgery, there are ways to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant for the best possible you.

1. Cleanse: Cleansing is very important. When choosing a cleanser, it is important to choose one that skin type and any skin conditions you may have. Therefore if you have oily skin, normal skin, combination skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, choose a cleanser that notes this on the bottle before purchasing. It is also important if you have any skin conditions such as eczema or acne that you choose based on those needs. Your cleanser should be free of any irritants as these will only dry out your skin and age your skin more quickly. Make sure your cleanser is pH balanced and full of good ingredients for your skin’s needs.You should follow cleansing with the use of a toner as this will remove any excess dirt from your skin as well as restore whatever moisture was stripped from your skin during cleansing.

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2. Moisturize: The second step in your skincare regimen is moisturizing. Moisturizing is essential to anti-aging. If you have oily to oily combination skin, this does NOT mean that you should never moisturize. Although certain creams may be too heavy for your skin type, you still need to restore the moisture back to your skin to protect and nourish your skin, preventing premature aging and overly dry, irritated skin. Those with oily or oily combination skin as well as oily or normal to sensitive skin, especially breakout prone skin should refrain from using heavy creams and instead opt in for a gel based moisturizer or a water based one. This will ensure you get the moisture that you need without the added heaviness on your skin, which may irritate or produce too much oil or shininess on your skin, therefore causing a breakout or other skin issue. For those with normal or dry skin, creams or gels are okay, but make sure if you have especially dry skin to pay special attention to moisturizers with extra strength moisturizing benefits.

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3. Treat: It is important to treat whatever skin conditions you may have, especially acne and/or wrinkles. For wrinkles on mature skin, be sure to either use a moisturizer with anti-aging benefits or otherwise an anti-wrinkle serum or cream,whichever you prefer. I personally prefer serums as they are usually safe to use for all skin types and less heavy on the skin. As for acne, an acne treatment gel on your breakouts is important to tame redness, irritation or other symptoms and root problems causing your breakouts.Some ingredients that are beneficial for both wrinkles and acne include but are not limited to niacinamide, retinol, retinyl palmitate, resveratrol, and DMAE.For any irritation, redness, or other inflammatory conditions, ingredients such as chamomile, green tea, lavender, and salicylic acid are all calming to the skin. In terms of salicylic acid, if you have especially sensitive skin, make sure the content of salicylic acid is below 10% as it may cause drying.

4. Protect: Lastly, protect your skin. All of it. This means not only your face, but also your neck and decollete area/chest, arms, legs and any other exposed skin not protected by clothing. This is important as it maintains the elasticity and firmness of your skin as well as the skin’s texture. Remember that consistency is key and you should use a body lotion with an SPF 15 or more on your body (I use a body lotion with SPF rather than two separate lotions/sunscreens as it cuts down on time) and an SPF 30 or more on your face. Also, in terms of your face, if you use a moisturizer with SPF 15 then also layer than with another light sunscreen, this adds a layer of protection to your skin. All of this will prevent premature aging and ensure your skin is in the best possible condition that it can be.

The Best Ingredients Based on Skin Type or Condition:

Normal Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Olive Oil, Ginseng, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Almond Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Fruit Oils, Lavender Butter, etc.

Oily Skin:Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Salcyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycerin, etc.

Oily/Combination Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, Kojic Acid, etc.

Dry Skin: Niacinamide, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Soy Butter, Kokum Butter, Almond Butter, Shea Butter, Lavender Butter, etc.

Sensitive Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Glycerin, etc.

Dull/ Uneven Skin Tone:Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Niacinamide, Green Tea, Chamomile, & Lavender.

Aging Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.

Redness/Irritation: Salcyclic Acid (If sensitive skin, do not use!), Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, & Niacinamide.

Acne: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Salicyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will get back with you! Thank you for reading and good luck!

So, after much perusing online for a cheaper alternative to the ultra expensive and over-priced line of Skinceuticals, I have finally found the perfect solution: Cosmetic Skin Solutions. This surprisingly reasonable alternative to Skinceuticals carries the almost all the same serums/treatments that are made with the same exact ingredients as the Skinceuticals line, but for a fraction of the price. They are not carrying all of the Skinceuticals line, but do carry most popular treatment items. I recently purchased their Phyto + Gel, CE Ferulic Serum and Hydrating B5 Gel. After using these 3 in rotation and sometimes combination or as night or after-mask treatments, my skin has improved greatly. The texture of my skin has improved and softened thanks to the Hydrating B5 Gel and my under eye dark circles and discolorations are greatly improved if not nearly eradicated thanks to the Phyto + Gel and CE Ferulic Serum. I definitely recommend this line of products as a cheaper alternative to Skinceuticals for all those who want the benefits of these serums, but are on a budget or don’t want to spend the money for the pricey Skinceuticals line.

Below is a comparison of the Cosmetic Skin Solutions items I purchased with their Skinceuticals equivalents as well as their ingredients lists:

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum= Cosmetic Skin Solutions CE Ferulic Serum

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Ingredient List (as stated by Www.SkincareRX.com):

Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

Cosmetic Skin Solutions CE Ferulic Ingredient List ( as stated by Www.CosmeticSkinSolutions.com):

Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate

Who is CE Ferulic Serum for? Normal to Dry Skin / Combination Skin in Winter

Skinceuticals Phyto + Ingredient List (as stated by Www.SkincareRX.com):

Water, Thyme Extract, Arbutin Glycoside, Glycerin, Uva Ursi Extract, Kojic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Citris Bioflavanoid Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Herbal Fragrance.

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Phyto + Gel Ingredient List (as stated by Www.CosmeticSkinSolutions.com):

Water, Thyme Extract, Arbutin Glycoside, Glycerin, Uva Ursi Extract, Kojic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Extract, Citris Bioflavanoid Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Herbal Fragrance.

Who is Phyto + Gel for? All Skin Types


Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Ingredient List (as stated by Www.SkincareRX.com):

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantothenic Acid, Pheonoxyethanol

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Hydrating B5 Gel Ingredient List (as stated by Www.CosmeticSkinSolutions.com):

Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pantothenic Acid, Pheonoxyethanol

Who is Hydrating B5 Gel for? All Skin Types / Good Alternative to Cream Moisturizers for Combination to Oily Skin

If you don’t know what either Skinceuticals or Cosmetic Skin Solutions are, feel free to check out either of them at the below websites:

Skinceuticals Line

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Line

Good luck!