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It can be difficult for some of us to get all of the vitamins we need from our kitchen cupboards alone, and we may need to introduce vitamin supplements to keep our bodies healthy and balanced.
Whether you’re looking to beat a winter cold, banish the dullness from your skin or thicken your hair, here you’ll find a range of vitamins to help you achieve real results.
We’ve also got a range of supplements that can easily be taken in liquid or gummy form to give you and your children vital vitamins and minerals, hassle free.
Which vitamins are good for the skin?
Skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important that you provide it with all of the essential vitamins it needs to stay vibrant and healthy.
With the amount of different vitamins on the market, it can be difficult to know which ones will benefit your skin and which ones won’t.
There are four main vitamins that your skin will love - vitamin D, C, E, and K, and with regular use, you could see a reduction in dark spots, acne or acne scars, rough patches, wrinkles, redness, and dryness.
You can take these vitamins orally or integrate them as part of your skincare routine in the form of topical cream or serum.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much vitamin C should I take per day?
Our bodies do not produce vitamin C naturally, so integrating it into your diet with fruit and vegetables, or supplements, is important to stay healthy.
If you are between the ages of 19 to 64, the NHS recommends an amount of 40mg per day, but to not exceed 1000mg.
If you take too much, the side effects are likely to be mild, but always speak to a doctor or pharmacist if you think you may have taken too much vitamin C.
Does biotin cause acne?
Biotin doesn’t directly cause acne, but it could stop your body from absorbing other vitamins which may be keeping your acne under control.
One theory is that biotin supplements could lead to acne because it interferes with the way your body absorbs vitamin B5, which is essential for healthy skin.
However, no scientific studies have found sufficient evidence to suggest that biotin or vitamin B5 deficiency is a cause of acne.
Some research suggests that biotin and vitamin B5 could actually help to treat acne.
In which food is vitamin D found?
There are lots of food that can provide you with vitamin D, including fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel; dairy products, soy milk, orange juice, and cereals.
However, it is very difficult to get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D through your diet alone.
The NHS recommends people in the UK should take a 10 microgram supplement per day, but don’t exceed 100 micrograms (4,000 IU).
How long does it take for vitamin C to work?
You should start to notice vitamin C working in as little as 24 hours if you’re looking to reduce the symptoms and length of a cold.
If you’re taking vitamin C for your skin or well-being, you may begin to notice a change in 3 weeks.
Can you treat acne with vitamin B12?
It’s not recommended to treat your acne with vitamin B12; in fact, a 2015 study revealed that it may cause acne by altering the bacteria that live on the skin.
Although it’s uncommon to break out due to vitamin B12, if you’re looking for a vitamin to treat your acne, this isn’t the one - vitamin B12’s main benefit is keeping your blood and nerve cells healthy.
Which vitamin deficiency causes hair loss?
There isn’t just one vitamin deficiency that can cause hair loss; having a lack of iron, vitamin D or zinc in the body can cause your hair to fall or thin out.
Iron provides nutrients and oxygen to your hair follicles to help them grow; if you don’t have enough iron, your hair will stop growing and eventually become thin.
Vitamin D also plays a key role in the creation of new hair follicles, helping to maintain the hair’s thickness and prevent it from falling out.
Not having enough zinc in your body can cause a similar reaction to having a lack of iron, and could damage your remaining hair by causing it to break.