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Vitamin A Critical for Beauty

Updated on August 1, 2010

Vitamin A is a crucial vitamin for healthy skin, hair, and eyes. It is also important in the prevention and clearing of skin infections including blemishes, and it's critical for blood circulation which helps keep the skin glowing and healthy.  

Also, did you know that Vitamin A also helps your eyes adjust to light changes when you come in from outside and helps keep your eyes, skin and mucous membranes moist which is how they should be?

A lack of Vitamin A can show up as dry skin, dandruff, early onset of wrinkles, or acne and visual fatigue.  It can also show up as dull, dry hair including dandruff.  Ridging and peeling fingernails also are a symptom of this vitamin deficiency.

Luckily, you can get this Vitamin in just eating healthy.  You may also want to consider a vitamin supplement if you know you aren't taking the time to eat healthy foods or if you notice the above mentioned symptoms and need some relief.  You don't want to overdo it on this vitamin though as vitamin A stores itself for a few days in your fatty tissues and having too much of it can cause problems all their own.  A good rule of thumb is 800 mcg for women and 1000 mcg daily for men.

Natural Sources of Vitamin A for Beauty

  • Cod liver oil - Yuck, right?  You can take this in a pill form though and you won't even notice it.
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Papaya
  • Melon
  • Pizza contains tomatoes, and dairy products from cheese.  So keep pizza as your top fast food and eat it guilt free!

Papaya and melon also make great natural beauty products, so eat some and smear some on your skin, including your face.  Wait for about twenty minutes and rinse off.  If you mash it up and mix it with a couple tablespoons of honey, you have an excellent spa product that will leave skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.  Using an egg is also a popular beauty ingredient for natural skin and hair treatments.

If you feel you need a supplement, then find one that has a bit less than your daily intake, or only take it once every couple of days.  This will give you the amount that you need in your body without overdoing it.

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