Vitamin B complex road to youthful skin

Vitamin B complex is water soluble and can’t be stored by the body. We have to incorporate daily sources of vitamin B in order to have an optimal skin care and health benefits. There are many  types of vitamin B that comes from different sources that is good for skin care. For a healthy skin make sure you are getting vitamin B through your diet and your skin care regimen.

Vitamin B1 Thiamine has powerful anti-aging properties and helps increase circulation to reduce toxins for a healthy glowing skin. B1 protects your skin from free radicals, wrinkles and age spots. Natural sources you can include in your diet are spinach, legumes, sesame seeds, and pork. Vitamin B1 deficiency can affect the skin and cause hyper sensitivity that leads to redness, dry skin and acne.

Vitamin B2 Riboflavin maintains the growth of tissues for a healthy cell turn over. Revitalizes the skin and prevent breakouts. Natural sources are milk, whole grain, green leafy vegetables and eggs.

Vitamin B3 Niacin helps maintains the condition of the skin. B3 helps many problematic skin issues like rosacea, eczema, wrinkles and hyper pigmentation. It Great sources of B3 are fish, meat and mushrooms. When B3 is applied topically will reduce fine lines making the skin feel soft and smooth to the touch.

Vitamin B5 Panthothenic acid helps the skin retain moisture, reduce oil and prevents acne. The skin stays hydrated making it appear plumper and healthier. B5 is found in peanuts, avocados and tomatoes.

Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine promotes the formation of red blood cells to repair skin cells and regulates hormone that prevents acne breakouts. B6 rich foods are fruits, shell fish and nuts.

Vitamin B7 Biotin protects your skin from acne rashes and dermatitis. Food that contains high sources of B7 is cauliflower, chicken and yeast.

Vitamin B9 Folic Acid contains antioxidants that reduce levels of oxidative stress and free radicals. Helps eliminate toxins from the body reducing acne break outs. Please consume garbanzo and lentils in moderation.

Incorporating skin care products containing vitamin B can assure your daily need of this essential vitamin.

Combining all of this will greatly improve your overall health and beauty. Please let us know if you noticed a difference in your skin and health by trying these tips and leave us a comment.

Asia’s Best Kept Beauty Secret: Rice

As an Asian, I love the smell of freshly cooked rice. I would stick my face near the bowl of rice and feel the steam on my face. Ah… my pores are opening up and it’s time to clean out the impurities on my skin. That’s what I would do every time I have a bowl of freshly cooked rice in front of me.

Besides rice being a big part of the Asian diet, rice can be used for skincare benefits. And no, we don’t put rice on our faces, we use rice water. Yes, water that comes from cleaning the rice. Many Asians, especially the Japanese, use rice water in their skin care routines to keep their skin looking flawless.

What’s so good about rice water? Rice water contains many minerals and vitamins that have great beauty benefits. It does a wonderful job brightening skin and shrinking pores. It acts as an acne healer by gradually reducing redness and helps in dealing with eczema. It is also great for removing any dirt and impurities in your skin. Rice water can be used on all skin types. Whether you have dry or oily skin, rice water can help enhance the feel and look of your skin.

Where can I get rice water? I recommend making it yourself because it is chemical free and fresh. The quickest way to make rice water is by simply saving the water after you’ve rinsed the rice clean. Pour out the water after the first rinse to clean the rice from dirt. For the second rinse, let the rice soak in the water for a while and pour the rice water into a clean jar. The second method is to boil the rice and strain out the excess water. The rice water should be white and has a high concentration of nutrients.

Use the rice water as a toner and it will keep the skin smooth and radiant. Oh, I forgot to mention that rice water also help keeps your hair healthy, smooth and shiny too. 😉