Beginners' Guide to Vitamin - The ABCs of Skincare

by Larissa Tsui

Vitamins are micronutrients that keep us functioning properly and support skin and hair health. Vitamins travel through our bloodstream and to all our different body parts. So, by the time it reaches our most outer layer - the skin - its efficacy is reduced. This is why including vitamins in our skincare products and applying them topically should be sought after too! It's an efficient way to target specific areas and concerns. It's not uncommon to get confused between all the different types so, let's run over what some of the most common vitamin ingredients in our skincare help us with 💊

Vitamin A

In skincare, vitamin A, or retinoids as you may know it as, is the ultimate anti-aging ingredient. It stimulates collagen production which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It boosts cell turnover, as it advances the shedding of old skin and stimulates the generation of newer, healthier skin. This helps to fade hyperpigmentation, even out skin texture and even minimises enlarged pores. Vitamin A allows our skin to look plumper, firmer and younger too!

By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream


An “A-mazing” night cream for vitamin A beginners! Formulated with retinol, it has all the benefits I mentioned above that are delivered as you sleep. Though vitamin A has many beneficial properties, it can be harsh for some. It’s amazing that this cream also contains bakuchiol too! Studies show that bakuchiol has the same benefits as retinol, without the irritation. The combination of bakuchiol and retinol also makes this cream less irritating. But to be super careful, we would recommend slowly integrating it into your skincare routine. Start by using it 2-3 times a week and build up slowly. As retinoids can increase sun sensitivity, we would recommend to use it only at night time and don’t forget to apply sunscreen! Also note that vitamin A is not safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding so it should be avoided by baby moms'.

Vitamin B3

Known as niacinamide, vitamin B3 helps stressed-out skin and boosts skin recovery with its wide range of benefits. Niacinamide rescues our skin by regulating oil production, reducing inflammation and inhibiting melanin production. As you can see, it’s a multitasking ingredient that can help with all skin types! Brighten, acne-fighting, and reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines are just some more of the benefits. It’s truly an ingredient that can be incorporated into any skincare routine yet helpful for all skin concerns.


Tiam Vita B3 Source

Packed with 10% niacinamide, this serum is the ultimate brightening serum. The high-concentration niacinamide formula provides all the wonderful properties niacinamide has effectively. With so many skin benefits just from this one vitamin ingredient, you might be surprised to learn that it’s actually quite gentle on the skin!

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5, or panthenol, as we often see in skincare hydrates and nourishes the skin to keep skin healthy. Panthenol has the benefit of acting as both a humectant and an emollient. Humectants attract and bind water to the skin and penetrate deeper layers of the skin. While emollients create a protective barrier that helps lock in hydration and prevent water loss. Along with its great hydrating benefits, panthenol also has anti-inflammatory properties and aid in wound healing. This makes panthenol good for soothing irritated skin and conditions such as eczema, rosacea and as an acne treatment too.


Etude Soon Jung 2X Barrier Intensive Cream

Panthenol is a moisturiser particularly good for those with dry or flaky skin. And this lightweight moisturiser that contains panthenol and madecassoside makes it even more effective. The addition of Madecassoside helps to soothe irritations and repair damaged and irritated skin too. This cream could be the saviour for dry or sensitive skin looking for barrier repair, calming irritation yet is super moisturising. 

Vitamin C

One of the best-known brightening ingredients. Vitamin C helps to brighten skin tone and dullness. It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects and combats environmental damage, such as UV rays and pollutants, as it neutralises skin-damaging free radicals. Not only does it battle free radicals it also inhibits the production of pigment in the skin, thus, aiding in hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. With continued use, you can achieve brighter skin with vitamin C.

COSRX The Vitamin C Serum

This highly concentrated serum contains 23% pure vitamin C to improve skin complexion by brightening and restoring dull, uneven skin tone. It also has the addition of tocotrienol, which inhibits melanin production to clear blemishes for much more effectiveness in brightening the skin. This is specially good for daytime use because the antioxidant helps to protect from UV rays and pollution. Just make sure to apply sunscreen along with it!

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, is an all-rounder ingredient with moisturising, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient is also an antioxidant that fights free radicals and sun damage. It hydrates and strengthens the skin barrier because it also acts as an emollient. Additionally, with its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to soothe and calm skin. 


Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask

This mask is formulated with Tocopheryl Acetate and niacinamide as its key ingredients to be the multitasking skin-improving product. With a pudding-like texture that turns into an essence-like texture when in contact with skin, it adheres well to the skin to make sure each ingredient sinks into the skin to deliver all the benefits. Use it as a sleeping mask or a light moisturiser to get healthy and strong skin! 



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