Vitamins in Your Skincare? Here's What You Should Know. 

Knowing which vitamins do what is essential for building your skincare routine. Before you start loading up on supplements, let’s be clear: we’re talking about vitamin-infused skincare. Get ready to relearn your ABC’s as we go through the best vitamins for skin and how you should be using them to perfect your complexion.


Vitamin A – For Fewer Lines & Wrinkles

Vitamin A is most often referred to as retinol, which is a derivative of vitamin A. You can think of retinol as the MVP of your anti-aging skincare routine. Your skin absorbs it in the form of retinoic acid, which tells your skin cells to behave like younger, more effective cells. Results include increasing cell turnover, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes and discolorations, and overall improvement in the appearance of skin tone and texture—we weren’t kidding when we said MVP.


Who Should Use It

Retinol-based skincare can cause some irritation when you first start using it—we’re talking redness and a bit of flaking. You can start building up your tolerance by using it once or twice a week in your late 20’s and upping the ante in your 30’s and beyond. Because retinol is such a strong exfoliant, it can leave your skin more vulnerable to UV damage. Remember to only use it at night and limit your exposure to the sun. Always use an SPF! 

Our Top Picks

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Advanced Repair Retinol Eye Cream
Chantecaille Retinol Intense + In Botanical Microspheres
Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Retinol Fluid

Vitamin B5 – For Healthy Hydration

You may also see this listed as pantothenic acid on the back of your bottle. Vitamin B5 is an essential nutrient that reinforces and repairs the skin’s natural barrier. A natural humectant (a water-binding substance that attracts and retains water) B5 is your go-to for amping up hydration. That extra shot of moisture is also praised for its skin-soothing abilities.

Who Should Use It

Anyone who needs extra hydration or wants to soothe away redness. Skin that’s treated with vitamin B5 may appear plumper and more dewy. Because the skin’s natural moisture barrier starts to weaken somewhere around your 30’s and 40’s, you may want to consider adding it to your routine around then.

Our Top Picks

M-61 Hydraboost Line Reducer
One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

Vitamin C – For Brighter Skin

AKA ascorbic or l-ascorbic acid—vitamin C is a preventative antioxidant that can help neutralize free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors like UV-damage and pollution. This type of free radical damage is one of the main factors causing the visible signs of aging (those would be wrinkles, sagging skin and dark spots—all the things we don’t want to happen.) The beauty of vitamin C is that it can help protect your skin from this damage. It can also give a brighter appearance to skin that’s looking dull or needs help with treating hyperpigmentation.

Who Should Use It

Anyone can use it and it’s wise to apply it daily under your SPF to boost your chances of fending off free radicals.

Our Top Picks

M-61 Vitablast C Serum
La Mer The Brilliance Brightening Essence
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser