What it’s known for: Stimulating collagen production, reversing UV damage, reducing hyperpigmentation.
How it works: Vitamin C protects against free radical damage, which is caused by UV rays, pollution, smoking, and other environmental factors. It also speeds up skin’s renewal process, reducing signs of past damage, such as fine lines and dark spots. For the ultimate sun damage prevention, Dr. Berger recommends applying vitamin C in the morning, right before your sunscreen.
Find it in: Yes To Grapefruit CC Cream, willa® Face Friendly Clear Face Moisturizer.
What it’s known for: preventing dryness, protecting against free radicals, calming inflammation
How it works: Vitamin E reduces water loss in skin cells, which keeps dryness at bay. Like Vitamin C, it also neutralizes free radical damage. We recommend taking Vitamin E lotion on any beach trip, since this anti-inflammatory antioxidant really helps skin look “less red and inflamed after UV exposure,” according to Dr. Berger. Take that, sunburn.
Find it in: Secret Agent Beauty Secret Lip Affair, (MALIN+GOETZ) vitamin e face moisturizer.
What it’s known for: Reducing wrinkles, controlling acne, reducing symptons of psoriasis.
How it works: Vitamin A strengthens skin cells and increases the production of collagen—two key factors in the battle against fine lines and wrinkles. This powerful antiager sheds off the top layer of skin cells, which is why Dr. Berger recommends applying vitamin A only at night, since “using it during the day can sensitize skin to UV exposure.”
Find it in: derma e Refining Vitamin A and Glycolic Scrub, PETER THOMAS ROTH Mega-Rich Body Wash.
What it’s known for: Improving skin elasticity, stimulating cell turnover, boosting radiance.
How it works: Daily sunscreen use is a must, but that healthy habit can sometimes lead to vitamin D deficiency. One of the signs of this is a dull complexion. Applied topically, vitamin D promotes cell regeneration and overall skin health. This nutrient also has major anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal choice for itchy skin sufferers, especially during the dry winter months.
Find it in: Masqueology 7D Moisture Cream, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil.
What it’s known for: Soothing redness, increasing hydration, fading dark spots.
How it works: Vitamin B3 (aka niacinamide) helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, so irritants that inflame sensitive skin and rosacea can’t find their way in. It also stimulates the renewal of cells on the skin’s surface, resulting in less noticeable dark spots. Niacinamide puts the kibosh on dry skin by encouraging the production of ceramides, naturally occurring lipids that keep skin looking young and supple.
Find it in: NIA24® Skin Strengthening Complex, DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum