About the benefits of vitamins written many scientific papers and said
a lot of words. Everyone knows that vitamins are not only beneficial for
our health, but also necessary for its normal
functioning. Deficiency of some vitamins is detrimental
on the body’s work and the person’s well-being, can lead to
irreversible effects and even death. But one thing when we
use vitamins with food, and quite another when applying cream with
vitamins on the skin. How effective are vitamins in cosmetic
compositions? Is there any sense from them, or is this another
- What are vitamins and why are they needed?
- Vitamin Groups
- Vitamins for the beauty of our skin
- How justified is the introduction of vitamins in cosmetic
- Many or few?
- Eat or spread?
What are vitamins and why are they needed?
Vitamins are low molecular weight organic compounds,
necessary for the life and activity of a heterotrophic organism
(an organism receiving complex substances with food, incapable of
The word “vitamin” in its name already carries the symbol of life,
as it comes from the Latin word “vita” – life. Literally it
means “a substance necessary for life.” Daily
the concentration of vitamins in the body is small, but with their lack
dangerous pathological changes occur. Overwhelming majority
vitamins are not synthesized in the human body, so they
must regularly come with food. The exceptions are vitamin D,
which is synthesized by ultraviolet rays,
vitamin A, which is synthesized from its predecessors,
vitamins K and B3, which are usually synthesized in
sufficient quantities of intestinal bacterial microflora
Vitamins in the body perform a large number of functions and
tasks. They take part in the processes of assimilation of nutrient
compounds, improve the immune system, promote growth and
restore cells and tissues of the body, increase vitality
and make our skin beautiful.
Vitamins are divided into two groups:
- fat soluble A, D, E, K;
- water soluble B, C, PP, P, H, N.
Fat-soluble vitamins are accumulated in adipose tissue, in
liver and do not need daily use, and with their excess
Water soluble vitamins do not have the ability to accumulate in
body, and their excess is excreted in the urine. Therefore there is
the need for their regular intake. AT
in the case of water-soluble vitamins, avitaminosis most often occurs (their
lack of body).
All vitamins come to our bodies with food and
food additives. Getting into the digestive tract, they
absorbed into the bloodstream and spread to all organs and tissues.
Vitamins for the beauty of our skin
Our skin, like any other organ, also needs
vitamins. Their deficiency instantly affects our external
the form. For example, a lack of vitamin C makes your skin dull and dull,
Vitamin A deficiency contributes to dry skin and loss of elasticity.
Vitamin E deficiency makes the skin defenseless against ultraviolet
radiation and free radicals, and this leads to destruction
collagen and elastic fibers. B vitamins promote
growth of nails and hair, making them strong and healthy.
In other words, vitamins are necessary for the human body in
whole and in particular skin. This is an axiom that never needed
evidence. The question is: how effective are vitamins?
cosmetic preparations? Are they able to pass the protective layer
Everyone knows that the main function of the skin is barrier-protective. Thats
eat it protects the body from the harmful effects of the environment.
The skin successfully resists mechanical, chemical and infectious
factors. For this reason, it is very difficult to bypass the top layer.
epidermis for both harmful substances from the outside, and for cosmetic
drugs that are not drugs.
How justified is the introduction of vitamins in cosmetic
Unfortunately, here lies another cunning producers
cosmetic preparations. Let’s look at this question by
First, the vitamins have a large molecular weight, which is not
allows them to pass through the protective layer of the epidermis.
Secondly, they are not used in cosmetic preparations.
vitamins, and their derivatives, but even they are not able to go
protective line. But manufacturers claim that in deep
penetration is not necessary. The presence of vitamins is enough
epidermis. It is from here that they will “lead” the processes on
deeper level. Do not forget that manufacturers –
true storytellers who can invent any story for
increase your profits.
Thirdly, not all vitamins are able to survive in the cosmetic
drug. The manufacturer can faithfully make them into the cream, but
they may not reach the skin, having collapsed still in the bottle.
Fourth, even assuming that the vitamins are safely
passed the protective layer of the epidermis, plays a big role
concentration in a cosmetic composition. Vitamins should not just
present in the cream, and be in a certain concentration. BUT
as the introduction of vitamins in the cream is not a pleasure
cheap, most often they are just formally present there. how
they are usually marked on the packaging, only for decoration
packaging. It turns out that the vitamins in the cream is really
exist, but their effectiveness is silent. In order to
to avoid such “troubles”, it is necessary to make a cream
the concentration of vitamins, that is, it is necessary to indicate on the package what
vitamin in what concentration is in this cosmetic
Fifth, when choosing a cream should pay attention to how
marked vitamins in the composition of the cream. If there is an inscription
“contains vitamins A, C, E, D”, then, most likely, these vitamins in
there is no cream. Just another marketing trick. Should know that
vitamins in cosmetic products is indicated by the following
in the following way:
- Vitamin C is designated as ascorbic acid, sodium
ascorbyl or sodium ascorbyl phosphate (longer stored in
- Vitamin B3, or PP, is listed
cosmetic cream like niacinamide;
- Vitamin A as retinol acetate and retinol palmitate, retinal,
tretinoin, isotretinoin, alitretinoin;
- vitamin b5 is referred to as pantothenic acid or
- vitamin b6 as pyridoxine;
- calcium is introduced in the form of calcium chloride and pantothenate
In cosmetic products, all vitamins are artificial.
origin, as natural vitamins from fruits and vegetables are not
able to remain in the cream. They quickly collapse and lose their
properties, therefore their synthetic analogues are added to the cream.
Many or few?
There is another problem that is being actively talked about.
specialists. And specifically – overdose of vitamins or otherwise
– hypervitaminosis. When ingested vitamins really
there is a threat of hypervitaminosis, but how real and dangerous
an excess of vitamins with local use? In this matter of opinion
specialists divided. Some argue that the risk is really
There is, others argue that this is nothing more than fiction. Who
right? Let’s see.
- Vitamins with high molecular weight are not capable
pass through the stratum corneum of the epidermis. Therefore they just
remain on the skin surface.
- The high cost of vitamins makes them impossible to plentiful
entering into a cosmetic composition. Above we wrote about it
in more detail. If it is very expensive, then manufacturers are unprofitable.
- Household cosmetic products for home care do not have
active ingredient composition. This composition is usually found in
professional cosmetics, which is used in aesthetic
clinics under the supervision of a cosmetologist.
For this reason, it is safe to say that overdose
vitamins in the cream – is impossible. Not worth it
to be afraid of
Eat or spread?
Another important question: is the action exaggerated?
vitamins as part of a cosmetic product? The composition of the cream
includes not only vitamins, but also other components. Improving skin
characteristics is not due to vitamins, but with the help of other
ingredients that stimulate blood circulation, retain moisture,
softening the upper layer of the epidermis. Action of vitamins in
cosmetic cream is greatly exaggerated. This method of admission
vitamins in our body does not radically affect the condition of the skin and
not a major source of vitamins replenishment. Vitamins
make in the composition of cosmetic products, not because they
effective, but for marketing purposes.
There is one single vitamin that is good.
“absorbed” by the skin – this is vitamin A. Its low molecular weight
facilitates passage through the stratum corneum, which makes it effective
cosmetic preparations based on it. You might as well be
use vitamin A capsules for outdoor use.
application. However, applying the pharmacy form of vitamin A, it is necessary
Remember that there is a risk of an allergic reaction.
Many experts are inclined to believe that vitamins are more
effective in nutritional supplements, and even better in natural form,
when they enter the body with food. Therefore correct
balanced nutrition – the best source of vitamins for health
our body and the beauty of our skin.
So, the vitamins in the cream also do not contribute to the improvement
skin parameters and skin rejuvenation. This is another marketing.
trick to deceive unsuspecting consumers.
In conclusion, we can say that in the future there will be
all new “revolutionary” drugs and substances about which we
with delight will tell marketers and advertisers.
Just do not forget that our body remains the same, and
biological laws of its functioning remain unshakable.
Beauty and youth are a combination of many factors. Main
among them are: an active lifestyle, a full sleep,
balanced nutrition, sports, moderation in everything and