Skin Health

Lutein Vitamins and Skin HealthJust like our eyes, lutein is found deposited throughout our skin from the vitamins we take and leafy green vegetables we eat. Within the skin, lutein can be found in both the epidermis (outer layers) and dermis (inner layers). As we know, lutein provides both antioxidant benefits and blue-light absorption functions. These benefits can be found throughout the depth of the skin. Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, and the only one that gets 100% exposure to the sun and elements.

A recent clinical study showed that daily intake of just 10 mg of lutein noticeably increased skin elasticity, skin hydration, and skin lipid content. While this is the only study done thus far to show a relationship between lutein vitamin supplement use and skin hydration, skin elasticity, and skin lipids; its easy to see that future studies will likely replicate the results with what we know about the properties of lutein vitamins and lutein’s natural occurrence in all layers of the skin.

Exposure to the harmful light rays and environmental pollutants that assault our eyes and skin daily can create reactive oxygen cells and damaging free radicals in the skin. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant, which fights the harmful effects of free radicals in our cells, along with naturally blocking the absorption of blue-light. Along with increasing skin elasticity and skin hydration, lutein has also been shown to increase skin lipids, which directly reduces unsightly age wrinkles and improves overall skin health. Skin provides protection for our internal organs, regulates body temperature, and plays a large role in our immune systems; so it’s easy to see why promoting skin health is of utmost importance.