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Make Sure Your Skincare Contains These 4 Vitamins if You Want Healthy, Radiant Skin


    Keep your skin well nourished with these vitamins.

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    It is always important to ensure your skin gets enough vitamins to keep it looking healthy and youthful for a longer period of time. The next time you pick up a new skincare product, make sure it has one of these vitamins in it to help treat common skin concerns such as dullness and enlarged pores. To help you get started, here are four different vitamins you need to add to your regime.

    Vitamin C for dull skin

    Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients to give you radiant, clear skin. Known for its brightening effects, it reduces the production of melanin to lighten acne scars, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It also has exfoliating benefits to help remove dead skin cells so your skin will feel softer and smoother and can better absorb the rest of your skincare.

    Try: Skin Inc Vitamin C Serum ($68)

    Skin Inc Vitamin C Serum, $68

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    This serum combines vitamin C with vitamins B6 and E to help minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and balance sebum production to give you a smoother, clearer complexion. It also protects skin against breakouts and reduces the over-production of melanin for a brighter, more even complexion.

    (Also Read: 6 Best Vitamin C Serums For More Radiant Skin)

    Vitamin B3 for enlarged pores and dehydrated skin

    Also known as niacinamide, it is a skin-restoring ingredient that helps to reduce enlarged pores, fight signs of ageing and treat uneven skin tone. It also boosts the production of ceramides to ensure skin is plump, helps skin maintain an optimal moisture level and protect it from harmful environmental aggressors. Niacinamide also helps to regulate oil production so you don’t have to worry about excess shine.

    Try: Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 30PA++ ($77, Sephora)

    Dr. Jart Cicapair Re-cover SPF 30PA++, $77, Sephora

    Photo: Dr. Jart

    A green-to-beige colour correcting treatment that transforms to a beige coloured cream once applied onto skin to correct redness, cover blemishes and protect skin from environmental damage. It also includes tiger grass, an active ingredient used for centuries to restore and support damaged skin and inflammation. If that’s not impressive enough, this cream also helps improve moisture levels to replenish fatigued skin with an infusion of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

    Vitamin E for dehydrated skin and protection against UV damage

    Apart from hyaluronic acid, vitamin E is also known for retaining moisture in skin. It is also rich in antioxidants and is commonly found in sunscreens thanks to its ability to fight and neutralise free radical damage and calm skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Try: The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion SPF30/PA+++, $36.90

    (Also Read: 12 Nourishing But Lightweight Facial Oils That Won’t Feel Sticky in Singapore’s Heat)

    The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion

    Photo: The Body Shop

    This lightweight milky emulsion leaves your skin moisturised, soft and protected, without a white cast. It is infused with bio-fermented hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and claims to hydrate skin for up to 48 hours. It also fights free radical damage to protect skin from environmental aggressors.

    Vitamin A for its anti-ageing properties

    A more common and active form of vitamin A is retinol and it is known to improve cell turnover, unclog pores, boost collagen production, smooth skin and even out pigmentation. Thus, making it one of the best ingredients to look out for in any anti-ageing product.

    Try: Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream, $160

    Shiseido Vital-Perfection Wrinklelift Cream, $160

    Photo: Shiseido

    Formulated with pure retinol, this targets the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dullness typically associated with smiling. It also features the brand’s RetinoVP8 technology, which delivers retinol deep into the epidermis, to effectively improve visible wrinkles to reveal a clearer, more youthful-looking complexion.

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