Consumers should not be hoodwinked by manufacturers regarding the ingredients in cosmetics and have every right to expect some form of affirmation as to the success of these products when being purchased.
The popularity of the inclusion of vitamins in skin creams and lotions, hair products and even toothpaste will allow for this article to examine the results of some of research done to reach a conclusion.
The primary vitamins used by cosmetic formulators are A, B, C, D and E.
This vitamin belongs to a group of compounds called retinoids, the pre-curser being beta carotene. It is unstable when exposed to light.
VIT A has to be introduced to the skin in low levels progressing to higher levels, which, if used initially can cause nasty flare-ups with redness and intense burning.
Success has been achieved with severe acne with deep seated lesions. The treatment however, results in intense dryness of the skin.
Retinol is thought to assist in the reduction of inflammation and to regulate the growth of the epidermis.
Of all the vitamins, VIT A has been clinically proven effective in the anti-ageing process.
A number of B derivatives which make their way into cosmetics, include Panthenol [B5] and Niacin.
Panthenol acts as a humectant and can provide some moisturising effects for skin and hair.
The idea that VIT B thickens hair is dubious and this notion may result from a build-up of wax found in some conditioners which coats the hair shaft.
A biologically active form of ascorbic acid, which is not very stable, and better to ingest for good health than to apply topically. A naturally occurring anti-oxidant and protecting ingredient neutralising free radical scavenging.
VIT C plays a major role in collagen, found in skin, hair and nails, but topical effectiveness cannot be guaranteed.
A topical paste made of ascorbic acid can relieve the discomfort of these viral outbreaks, but if in doubt a dermatologist will give professional advice.
This is a steroid derived hormone also produced in the skin upon exposure to sunlight. It may be useful as an addition to sunscreens and has shown some positive results in the treatment of psoriasis. Tests have proven that VIT D has no anti-ageing properties.
This too is a naturally occurring anti-oxidant, which acts on free radicals. VIT E is said to prevent premature skin ageing and the suppression of Ultra violet erythema, being reddening of the skin.
As far a skin softening goes, plain mineral oils give the same result.
VIT E capsules taken internally can certainly benefit one's health. At one time it was thought that opening a capsule and applying the oil to the skin would act as a rejuvenator. Subsequently it has been thought that the skin is not receptive to the penetration of this oil due to a molecular structure not being fine enough.
This fat soluble vitamin plays an important role in blood clotting. Some believe that application of this oil would reduce under eye circles and "spider veins" but this has been discredited.
In conclusion, vitamins play a vital role in keeping one's body healthy, but certain myths have to be expelled.
As long as consumers believe that vitamins in cosmetics are an advantage, products will continue to be sold and future research could come up with some very interesting results
These beneficial vitamins have certainly been incorporated in our products.