We all know the importance of vitamins in keeping bodies feeling healthy and happy.
Performing hundreds of roles in our bodies—everything from keeping our bones healthy to boosting our immune system—they can also be a not-so-secret weapon in your daily skincare routine.
From their nourishing qualities to their ability to give us a stronger skin barrier, and even smooth our skin by reducing rough skin texture, adding topical vitamins into your beauty routine can boost the effectiveness of your products.
But which ones are the best?
Here, we explain three of the most powerful (and most popular) members of the vitamin alphabet—vitamin C, vitamin B3 and vitamin E—that can help banish dull, stressed and rough skin to give you your healthiest skin yet.
Vitamin C is your skin's best antioxidant friend, helping to strengthen the skin's barrier and reducing the damage caused by external stressors.
It helps to neutralise the free radicals produced by environmental factors that cause oxidative stress to our skin (think sun exposure, pollution and an unhealthy diet).
These free radicals harm the skin, leading to water loss and damage, leaving our skin looking rough, textured and prone to signs of premature ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin C not only works to "mop up" these damaging free radicals, but it also boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps our skin plump, firm and youthful looking.
Plus, vitamin C works to decrease discolouration and hyperpigmentation, thanks to its ability to block the action of the enzyme responsible for producing melanin, resulting in pigmentation.
Also called niacinamide, vitamin B3 is known for helping maintain a strong skin barrier. A skin cell energiser, the antioxidant enhances the processes that keep our skin looking healthy and smooth, like boosting the production of ceramides to help skin retain moisture.
Vitamin B3 is particularly helpful in repairing damaged DNA and can fight off the early signs of ageing like fine likes, wrinkles and discolouration. As a bonus, it has an antibiotic-like effect, helping to improve skin congestion for smooth, healthy skin.
A staple in many skincare products, vitamin E is your one-way ticket to hydration station. The moisturising antioxidant guards the skin's barrier (so your skin barrier is stronger) and improves hydration.
That means, smoother, healthier skin. Plus, its moisturising benefits help reduce rough skin texture, for softer skin.
Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E protects the skin from oxidation caused by free radicals in the environment and those released by our bodies by working with the natural, protective oils our skin already produces.
A Powerful Trio For An Antioxidant Boost
Want to pack a powerful antioxidant punch? Choose products that are formulated with a combination of all three vitamins, like the new Olay Regenerist Antioxidant (Vitamin B3, C, E) collection.
Made with Olay's most active and scientifically advanced formula, this antioxidant-rich collection combines vitamin B3, vitamin C and vitamin E to strengthen the skin barrier for smoother skin.
Formulated with 99 per cent pure grade niacinamide, a highly stable form of vitamin C (Ethyl Ascorbic Acid) and the most biologically active form of vitamin E, the collection instantly hydrates for soft and smooth skin for up for 24 hours, and visibly improves rough skin texture for skin that looks healthy and smooth.
In fact, after just two weeks of use, 89 per cent of users had smoother skin*, and up to 40 per cent stronger skin barrier against external environmental stressors†.
Try the Olay Regenerist Antioxidant (Vitamin B3, C, E) Serum to strengthen and hydrate for 24 hours, giving you smoother skin. Apply after cleansing and before moisturising, giving the serum time to fully absorb into your skin before continuing your routine.
Pair with the Olay Antioxidant (Vitamin B3, C & E) Moisturiser for an extra antioxidant boost. Just apply evenly onto a cleansed face every morning and night, followed by an SPF product.
Brought to you by Olay.
* Consumer agreement study, 98 subjects, UK 2021
† vs. no treatment. Consumer study, Singapore 2021