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5 Vital Beauty Vitamins and Beauty Supplements
Beauty goes hand in hand with health. In order to look good, one has to acquire bright eyes, clear complexion, silky shiny hair & a slim body¸ which is possible only when the diet is rich in certain essential nutrients. A vitamin rich diet plays a more dramatic role in beauty of a person than any of the cosmetic concoctions. A lot of people actually pay a good deal of money just to make themselves look more attractive and feel better about themselves, but what they don’t know is that they can actually achieve beauty by keeping fit and staying healthy. Apart from being ingested in the diet, vitamins can also be applied externally to nourish the skin. All vitamins have specific and vital tasks to perform.
Role of Vitamins in Beauty
Vitamin A helps to improve the condition of hair & eyes. Dry skin & dandruff are two common symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency. Eyes are usually the first affected part of the body, if the diet is short of vitamin A. That is why it is suggested that people who use their eyes a lot (watching TV, reading, writing etc.) should increase their Vitamin A intake. Common beauty and skin complaints such as acne, whiteheads & blackheads can also be rectified by a proper vitamin A intake.
B complex vitamins are very important for healthy hair. A deficiency of these may result in poor hairgrowth, dry scalp, dandruff & premature greying. In this context, those who would like restore their hair colour, would be interested to know that greying has been linked with a deficiency of Para-amino-benzoic-acid (PABA) in the body. Its external application as hair-cream is found to be effective in restoring the hair colour.
Vitamin C provides resistance to our body against infections. It also helps the skin to remain firm, apart from maintaining the health of the teeth.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, which include the teeth & the nails. A deficiency of this vitamin results in soft, ridged or chipped nails & dental decay.
Vitamin E is available in the market in the form of capsules. These capsules can be pierced & the vitamin applied on the skin to remove wrinkles, scars, stretch marks & brown age-spots. Vitamin E ointment applied regularly also heals burns.
These vitamins can be taken as external supplements in the form of syrups, tablets or capsules –but only under medical supervision, when there is a definite deficiency in the body. Otherwise it is better to take them in their natural form from the diet.
Over dosage of vitamins is known to result in hairloss, abnormal growth of bones especially of the skull, enlargement of glands like liver and spleen and neurological and muscular disorders.
Vitamins from food
Vitamin A is available in green leafy vegetables (mint, spinach, coriander, etc.), red and yellow vegetables and fruits (carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin, mangos, papaya, etc.), eggs, meat, milk and butter. Beaten egg applied externally, is a very popular and effective conditioner-which also helps to get rid of dandruff.
Vitamin B-Complex is present in all cereals (rice, wheat, etc.) & pulses (dals, rajma, cholay, etc…). Besan (gram flour) is used as a face pack to enrich the skin, & for hair to control dandruff.
All citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are rich in vitamin C. Apart from these, amla, guava, & green leafy vegetables also provide this vitamin. Orange peel, lemon juice etc. used in herbal face packs, cleanse and tighten the skin improve its texture and impart a healthy glow.
Vitamin D’s best source is sun light & also milk and milk products.
Vitamin E is present in cereals, dark green leafy vegetables and liver of animals and fish. It is also available in yeast (khameer) used for fermentation of bread.
In the next post, we shall see some beauty vitamins recipes. 🙂