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It’s no argument — Good nutrition and the right supplements will benefit your health. But have you ever thought about what the best vitamins for healthy, radiant skin are? It’s important to know that only a percentage of what you ingest will benefit your skin. Using the right ingredients topically will give you the best results for skin repair and protection.

Take a look at these top four vitamins for your skin to see how they benefit you — and why you should be using them in your skincare routine.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A protects against UV damage while slowing signs of aging. When applied topically, it can stimulate collagen production, which strengthens your skin and makes it appear smoother. It also helps protect against infection, while strengthening fibroblasts, the cells in the deep layers of skin that keep your skin healthy and firm. Without enough vitamin A, your skin may suffer from dryness, and you may even notice that wounds take longer to heal.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B helps hydrate your skin, while reducing redness by increasing the strength of your skin’s outer protective barrier. With a stronger barrier, your skin is optimized to keep moisture in, while fighting against irritants.

Vitamin C

The collagen in your skin declines with age, which leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sun exposure, smoking, and free radicals can accelerate the decline. Topical vitamin C helps to slow the decline while boosting collagen production. This results in a decrease of fine lines and discoloration. Sunspots can even fade with topical vitamin C.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps your skin retain its natural moisture, while also providing more protection from UV rays by neutralizing free radicals. The powerful vitamin also helps to prevent wrinkles from forming, and it treats current wrinkles as it improves collagen production. It also helps with cell regeneration. It prevents and repairs free radical damage, leading to a lightening of brown spots.

Skin Damage

The sun’s UV rays are responsible for causing much of the appearance of aging in skin. When the vitamins A, B, C, and E work together, they provide a protection for your skin. The result? A fresher face. The four vitamins combined provide anti-inflammatory agents that calm skin and reduce exposure-induced irritation.

Always protect yourself from the damaging effects of sun exposure by wearing a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Now that the days are getting shorter, and the sun’s rays aren’t quite so relentless, you may be tempted to skip the sunscreen. But the sun can still burn, even when summer is over, so keep sunscreen as part of your daily routine.

And as you gear up to enjoy fall and winter outdoor activities, remember to reapply sunscreen when you spend the day outside. When you get back home, apply an after-sun lotion infused with vitamins A, B, C, and E designed to soothe and moisturize you skin after a day in the sun.