Published: Wed March 13, 2013
Categories: Top 5 Advice
The skin is a window into health and what does and does not go into the body will most certainly impact the colour, texture and luminescence of the skin. Combine nutrient rich diet advice with high quality skincare ingredients and you have guaranteed client satisfaction. However, when the skin is deficient of certain vitamins there are clear signs that can help you diagnose what you or your customer might be lacking in.
Here Skinstitut’s Managing Director, Fiona Tuck gives us her Top 5: Common Vitamin Deficiency Signs.
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A promotes proper repair and maintenance of the skin, and deficiencies can result in a dry, flaky complexion.
Vitamin A deficiency signs:
2. Vitamin E
- Dryness, flakiness and sensitive skin.
- Premature ageing and poor cell regeneration.
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin. When combined with vitamin A, vitamin E is especially effective at preventing certain skin cancers. Vitamin E also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and when applied topically, soothes dry or rough skin
Vitamin E deficiency signs
3. Vitamin C
- Poor wound healing.
Vitamin C is highly effective at reducing free radical damage, such as that caused by overexposure to the sun or pollution. C is especially effective at protecting the skin from overexposure to the sun when combined with vitamin
Vitamin C deficiency signs
4. Vitamin B
- Premature ageing.
- Dull skin.
- Dilated capillaries & highly vascular conditions.
Vitamin B is essential to skin health; this vitamin is beneficial for hair and skin because it increases blood flow to the cells.
Vitamin B Deficiency signs
5: Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Redness and irritation in the skin, particularly around the nasolabial folds.
- Cracks at the corners of the mouth (See the picture to the right).
- Dermatitis type rash, particularly when under stress.
- Hypo and Hyper pigmentation may occur with chronic low vitamin B intake.
EFAs are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility, but because the body cannot produce its own EFAs, they must be obtained through the diet in wild-harvested fish oils.
EFA deficiency signs
What do you think? What are some of the side-effects you’ve noticed in yourself or your skincare clients when they are deficient in certain vitamins? Do you notice a difference when you treat them through a mix of nutrition and topical treatments?
- Dandruff, dull skin, dehydration and dryness,
- Sensitivity, keratosis pilaris (chicken skin appearance on the backs of the arms and legs)