What are the effects of topically applied vitamins on my skin?

Many vitamins used in our skin care products are included primarily to provide anti-oxidant defence against free radicals. 

The incidence of these reactive, airborne compounds is growing, and when they attach to your skin they oxidise, causing damage. A simple analogy is a sliced apple. Left unprotected, the flesh of the apple quickly turns brown as it reacts with the air, but lemon juice (a potent anti-oxidant) squeezed over the apple will dramatically slow this process. 

While providing anti-oxidant protection, some vitamins can also assist in hydrating and softening the skin.

Was this article helpful?