Here’s Exactly What Each Vitamin Does For Your Skin

We have long been told about the benefits that Vitamin's reap on the body; they are fundamentally responsible for a healthy, functioning physical network. After passing through the muscular and circulatory system, the skin is the last organ to receive ingested vitamins. In order to better enrich your skin, topical application of vitamins and minerals have grown in popularity. Here the experts break down the A-Z of the most important V's.


Vitamin A - “Also known as Retinol, it can help increase the appearance of firmness, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, significantly improve uneven skin tone as well as smooth and refine the surface of skin. Apply at night-time, limit use to once or twice a week and gradually increase frequency as tolerated.” - Linda Blahr, Head of National Training at SkinCeuticals 

Vitamin B3 -  “This vitamin helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation, redness associated with rosacea and blotchy spots.” - Dr. Marko Lens, Founder of Zelens

Vitamin B5 - “With powerful properties that lock in moisture, B5 is optimal for all skin types. To hydrate, use a light moisturising serum with Vitamin B5 - especially in the morning or under make-up, to make it last longer.” - Linda Blahr

Vitamin C - “Vitamin C is an incredible, multi-beneficial ingredient. It works to build collagen, even and brighten skin tone, improve texture and helps to combat the environmental damage that skin is exposed to on a daily basis.” - Dr. Tom Mammone, VP of Skin Physiology & Pharmacology at Clinique 

Vitamin D - “Through its powerful antioxidant properties, Vitamin D supports lackluster skin, vibrancy, spots and boosts elasticity with anti-inflammatory effects.” - Abigail James, Facialist & Wellbeing Expert 

Vitamin E - “Another well-loved skincare essential for boosting hydration, it’s a vitamin essential for preventing free radical damage that leads to pigmentation and damaged elastin. It hydrates, prevents water loss, soothes and reduces inflammation so it is good for both sensitive and aging skins.” – Abigail James

Vitamin K - “It has the ability to strengthen the walls of blood capillaries and is generally used in eye creams to reduce the appearance of dark circles, tighten and support. I favour applying eye products in the morning before your moisturisers.” - Abigail James

Omega - “Omega acids have excellent moisturising properties and help reinforce the skins barrier function.” - Dr Marko Lens

Zinc - “Zinc helps reduce skin inflammation and irritation whilst providing broad-spectrum sun protection that prevents burns and sun damage. It also improves wound healing and prevents bacterial infections as well as treating acne breakouts.” - Linda Blahr