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8 Powerful Ingredients for Younger-Looking Skin

If you’re like many women, you probably find it hard to consume the daily recommended servings of all your fruits and veggies. Popping a multivitamin every day can be an easier way to get your fill of nutrients that are essential for good health.

Think of the following product recommendations as healthy supplements for your face — they’re chock-full of glow-boosting ingredients that will instantly give you a healthier-looking complexion. That’s because applied topically, vitamins and minerals are powerful anti-agers. Look for these ingredients on your skin care labels for brighter, younger skin.

Vitamin C
Found in citrus fruits, vitamin C doesn’t just fend off colds — it also stimulates fibroblasts, which help make wrinkle-reducing collagen. Additionally, vitamin C helps fade pesky brown spots by inhibiting tyrosine, an enzyme necessary for melanin production.

But not all forms of vitamin C are equal. The skin only absorbs l-ascorbic acid, so be sure to check the label before purchasing a product with vitamin C.

Vitamin D
The sunshine vitamin has been used in medications for years to treat psoriasis because it helps ease inflammation — and now it can be found in the skin care aisle. Vitamin D works to modulate the control of skin cell growth, inhibits skin cell proliferation, and calms the immune system.

Vitamin A
This highly effective anti-aging vitamin — which comes in forms including over-the-counter retinols and prescription retinoids — is as close as you’ll get to the Fountain of Youth in a bottle. It’s the only topical that’s FDA-approved to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A corrects epidermal atrophy, which is thinning of the skin, making it a little thicker. If you had to pick one topical ingredient, this would be it, suggest skin experts.” Retinols can be irritating (especially when you first introduce them into your regimen), so start out with a gentler formula.

Calcium
Although it’s most well-known as the ingredient in milk that bolsters bones, calcium also has major skin benefits. Calcium regulates cell turnover by stimulating certain enzymes, giving you plumper skin. Calcium also helps improve skin barrier function, which protects your skin against invading pathogens and locks in moisture. People with dry, fragile skin in particular benefit from calcium-rich skin care products.

Niacinamide
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is found in lots of foods including green veggies. It’s a hydrating, repairing agent that improves skin barrier function and helps produce ceramides. One can’t overstate the importance of barrier function — it’s the door to your house. What’s more, it also fights acne. Niacinamide helps soothe redness and improves acne scarring.

Copper
Research shows that applying copper peptides promotes collagen and elastin production, both of which act as firm, foundational layers of the skin. If you don’t have copper, you don’t have collagen.

Zinc
While zinc’s greatest skin care achievement is wound-healing, the zinc oxide found in physical sunblocks is one of the most effective sun protection ingredients on the market. Zinc oxide is even better than titanium dioxide because it has a wider spectrum of sun protection. The new micronized versions are more easily absorbed.