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One Vitamin to Keep Your Skin Youthful and Smooth

A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins is the best way to keep skin healthy, young, and smooth. These include vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Among these, the single most effective nutrient in combating the signs of aging is vitamin A.

Vitamin A is found in most quality skin care products, and for good reason. It has antioxidant properties, which protect the skin cells from damage caused by free radicals and the sun. It is the best overall fighter of the signs of aging, and supports smooth and supple skin.

The active component, retinoid, in vitamin A works by binding to receptors in the skin. The top layer of skin sloughs off, leaving room for new cell growth. This evens out skin tone and thickens the layers of skin. Wrinkles become smoothed and the skin feels firm.

Vitamin A can be applied topically and is available in both prescription and over-the-counter creams. Retinoid creams should always be applied at night. Sunlight inactivates vitamin A and may increase the chances of sunburn. Retinoid creams not only prevent wrinkles, but actually get rid of existing wrinkles.

It is also important to intake sufficient vitamin A by eating foods that contain high amounts. The health of the skin is dependent on dietary vitamin A. A deficiency can cause dry, flaky skin that lacks the ability to repair itself. Most fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A. Dairy products also contain beneficial amounts.

Studies have shown the vitamin A is the single most effective method of restoring the skin’s natural collagen and elastin fibers. These fibers are responsible for keeping the skin taut, firm, and wrinkle-free. It is also helpful in treating age spots and rough skin. Eat more fruits and vegetables and apply a nightly cream that contains vitamin A to have youthful and smooth skin.

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