Jandri Barnard is a speaker at the SCFSA Online Skin Health Symposium

Topic: Vitamins for the Skin

PhD Dietetics

Vitamins can be beneficial to your skin. As vitamins are essential to your health and body functions, vitamin deficiencies can cause adverse effects on the skin. Vitamins C and E play important roles in protecting the skin from the sun, as do vitamins A and D. Deficiencies in these antioxidants can increase the risk of skin damage, including skin cancer, and are necessary for skincare. Vitamin K is essential in aiding the body’s process of blood clotting, which helps the body heal wounds, bruises, and areas affected by surgery.

But the body also needs minerals like zinc, chromium, calcium, and iron in the diet for the growth and maintenance of bones, cells, and tissues. As antioxidants help in the healing of wounds, reducing inflammation, and treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Phosphorus and magnesium are also important, but a diet of sufficient calcium intake will provide enough phosphorus and magnesium to the body.

Phytonutrients or phytochemicals are naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants that provide health benefits to humans by helping to prevent ill health or diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Antioxidants are natural or synthetic chemical constituents that protect human cells from the harmful effects of free radicals by removing their power to create damage to the cells in the body.


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