It’s time to B proactive with your skin – here’s why using vitamin B internally and externally could be the key to better skin

How well do you know your A, B, C’s?

Our new blog series will take you through the need-to-knows of three key skin-loving vitamins – vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C.

This week, we’re talking about all things vitamin B. The myriad benefits of vitamin B include everything from combatting hyperpigmentation and busting breakouts, to softening skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minus the irritation that often comes with using high dose retinol (vitamin A) or unstable vitamin C (but more on those later).

There are eight different classes of vitamin B, all of which are derived from different sources and offer a multitude of skincare benefits.

This includes vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B9(folate or folic acid), and vitamin B12 (cobalamin).

Chances are you’ve heard of a handful of those forms of vitamin B, many of which are readily available from wholefood sources, such as dairy, meat, fish, vegetables, seeds and nuts.

When taken internally, a vitamin B complex can help maintain energy levels, support brain function and cell metabolism, as well as promote a healthy, radiant complexion.

Symptoms of a vitamin B deficiency include heightened sun sensitivity, acne, rashes, dry and flaking skin, cracked lips and wrinkles.

Typically, a vitamin B complex is water soluble, meaning it isn’t able to be stored by the body, which is why it’s essential to include vitamin B-rich foods in your daily diet or supplement accordingly.

In skincare, vitamin B is a powerful antioxidant that works to nourish skin and treat signs of ageing. The forms of vitamin B most commonly found in topical skincare include vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin).

Vitamin B3 and vitamin B5 are suitable for all skin types and can be used both day and night. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, look out for products containing vitamin B3, or if you have normal to dry skin consider vitamin B5 as your new go-to.

So what do each of these skin-saving vitamins actually do?

Vitamin B3 reduces inflammation, signs of ageing, blemishes, and supports the function of the skin’s barrier, vitamin B5 helps to hydrate and nourish, while vitamin B12 works on a cellular level to increase cell regeneration and promote wound healing.

And where should you include them in your skincare regime?

Vitamin B3 is commonly found in acid-based toners or exfoliants, and pairs well with anti-acne or anti-ageing ingredients like retinol to help reduce the irritation it may cause.

Vitamin B5 is often found in hydrating serums, and works well with just about any skincare ingredient. Apply a vitamin B5-based serum after a toner and before any cream-based lotions for maximum absorption.

Vitamin B12 can be applied topically to combat inflammation, dryness and acne, as well as more severe skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

You’ll find these powerhouse vitamins and more contained within Aspect Dr Multi-B, $140, a high-performance serum that works to clarify and fortify the overall appearance of skin.

Suitable for all skin types, Aspect Dr Multi-B contains:

  • Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) to nurture stressed-out skin and boost skin recovery
  • Antioxidant Tocopherol Acetate for hydration
  • Homeo-Shield (also known as fucus serratus extract) an oceanic brown algae derivative that supports the function of the skin barrier for optimal protection against environmental aggressors and prevents trans-epidermal water loss
  • Vitazymes B Complex, a polypeptide blend of B vitamins, including niacinamide, panthenol and folic acid
  • Homeo-Soothe (ascophyllum nodosum extract from seaweed origin), revered for its calming and soothing properties
  • Canadian Willowherb Extract, an antioxidant that soothes and comforts
  • Aspect Signature Blend, a certified organic Australian superfood complex

For best results, dispense one pump into hands and apply to skin twice daily after cleansing. Layer with any other Aspect Dr serum to fast track results.

Note: Aspect Dr Multi B may contain traces of gluten; also contains marine extracts.

This season, purchase any two skincare products at Mooi and receive a free Aspect Dr Multi B. Terms and conditions apply. This offer is valid on any full-sized product from Aspect Dr, PCA and Cosmedix. The products purchased must be different. Offer available while stocks last.

For more information, visit Mooiskin.co.nz.