The following vitamins and minerals can be found in foods, supplements and topical forms such as creams and lotions. In addition, do not forget proper hydration by consuming water. Water will increase hydration and flush out toxins that could affect the quality and texture of your hair and skin.
The B Vitamins aren’t just for helping reduce stress, they are a wealth of goodness for promoting hair growth, as well as maintaining the overall health of your hair. B vitamins can be consumed by the intake of supplements, as well as found in various foods such as meats, fish, legumes, bananas, nuts, etc.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – Increases the circulation in your cardiovascular system, promoting blood flow to your hair follicle allowing for healthy hair growth.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – Increases the oxygen flow to your red blood cells and is essential for healthy hair.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Helps to release protein into your blood stream, which builds strength in to the hair shaft.
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – Promotes a healthy nervous system and fights against infections that could target the scalp that leads to hair loss.
- Vitamin B7 (Biotin) – Produces fatty acids that strengthen the hair follicle.
- Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) – Increases the cell production of cells that are found in the hair shaft.
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – Normalizes the function of the nervous system and promotes healthy production of red blood cells needed for hair growth.
Fatty Acids – Essential fatty acids come in a variety of forms such as fish and flaxseed oils. Taken internally, these oils can prevent hair from turning brittle that can lead to breakage and eventual hair loss.
Zinc – A mineral that helps to normalize hormones, Zinc is excellent for battling shedding of the hair. Shedding usually happens from a hormonal imbalance such as stress.
Generally speaking, all of the B Vitamins are just as essential to the skin as it is to hair. Therefore, taking Vitamin B supplements will target both areas in prevention for damage and loss. One additional B Vitamin worth noting is Vitamin B3, which increases hydration in the body that will lead to the reduction of redness to your skin, particularly around the eyes.
Vitamin A – This vitamin contains incredible antioxidants that combat the signs of aging in the skin. The properties contained in the vitamin will help protect from outside factors such as environment that can age the skin, as well as combat dryness internally.
Vitamin C – Oxygen flows freely to the blood cells, boosting the immune system. Because Vitamin C boosts your immune system it is incredible in combating the signs of aging. You can find Vitamin C in numerous topical forms such as serums. Dermatologists love Vitamin C because it also targets damage created from the sun, as well as lightens any dark spots.
Vitamin D – A fatty acid that promotes healthy skin cell production. Healthy skin cells will create firm elasticity to the skin that will prevent sagging, but this vitamin is also well known for helping people with Vitamin D deficiencies in climates where the sun doesn’t shine as much.
Vitamin E – Help’s to prevent damage from free radicals such as UV rays and helps to promote moisture to the skin. This is an essential vitamin to combat dryness. Vitamin E is also beneficial to the skin on the scalp.
Vitamin K – An essential vitamin to use on the skin around your eyes. Vitamin K in a topical form, such as a cream, helps to reduce the color of dark circles creating a brighter effect around the eyes. It is also helpful with making bruises go away faster.
Coenzyme Q10 – Acts as an antioxidant that will combat wrinkle causing free radicals such as the sun and environmental pollution.
Copper – This mineral helps to strengthen the elasticity of the skin, preventing wrinkles and sagging. There are several creams and serums on the market that contain copper peptides. Aside from aiding the skin in retaining its elasticity, copper also helps with reducing the scars and blemishes.
Magnesium – Reduces inflammation to the skin, preventing puffiness and redness to the skin.
Sulfur – Excellent in combating bacteria, sulfur will aid in the prevention of acne and blackheads. It comes in topical forms that is applied to pimples or affected areas.