Multivitamins That Are Good for the Skin

The right multivitamin will keep your skin looking young and healthy.

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Popping a daily multivitamin is an easy way to get essential nutrients right where they belong. If healthy skin is your goal, and of course it is, pick multivitamins that contain a few essential ingredients to nourish your outermost layers and keep your face looking healthy. Choosing the right multivitamin helps promote healthy new skin growth, making your skin look as young and fresh as it did before you hit puberty.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is your go-to vitamin when it comes to keeping your skin looking stellar. You'll find vitamin A in numerous topical skin creams that are designed to fight acne and reduce the signs of aging. But you also can take vitamin A in your daily multivitamin to get its skin-boosting benefits. Vitamin A helps promote new skin growth, sloughing away dead skin cells that can cause clogged pores, and generating new, healthy skin cells, to give you a glowing, dewy look. Adult ladies need 700 mcg of vitamin A per day, according to Medline Plus. So look for a multivitamin that contains at least this much.

Vitamin C

The health gurus at MayoClinic.com say that getting plenty of vitamin C can keep your skin looking young. Taking vitamin C also can reduce the appearance of any scars you may have. So what are you waiting for? Find a multivitamin that gives you a healthy boost of C. Vitamin C increases your skin's collagen production -- who needs injections? Find a vitamin that includes 75 mg and pop that pill daily to keep your skin looking youthful.

Selenium

If you can find a multivitamin that contains selenium, snatch it up, especially if you are a sun worshiper. Daily selenium can protect your skin from the sun and possibly even ward off skin cancer. As an added beauty bonus, get enough selenium and you'll be treated to improved skin quality and elasticity, according to the "Today" show website. Shoot for getting 55 mcg of selenium from your daily multivitamin.

Niacin

Check your multivitamin bottle to make sure you're getting plenty of niacin, aka vitamin B3. Niacin helps your body build new skin cells, which you need to replace the dead ones as they slough away. If you are deficient in niacin, your skin can become irritated and inflamed. Get too much niacin, and you may break out in a rash. Aim for getting just the right amount of vitamin B3 from your multipill -- 14 mg per day will do it.

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