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Dull skin, cracked lips or dry hair? Perhaps a supplement can help. Since there are many to select from and all are not created equal, which one's? See what a couple of experts have to say. (click on images to read more).

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free-radical damage that leads to fine lines,” Dr. Soheil Simzar says, (Clinical instructor of Dermatology at UCLA). Just be careful: High doses can cause bruising. “I recommend my patients take it as recommended by their primary physicians,” advises Simzar, which in most cases is 30IU. Eat foods like avocado, olive oil, and wheat germ.

Vitamin C can improve hair growth, fight dandruff, stop hair loss, and lead to thicker hair,” while a deficiency can cause split ends, says David Bank, MD, (director of the Center for Dermatology in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.).. A study found that people who took a vitamin E and C supplement appeared to have less dryness and tighter, brighter skin after four months. Women 19 and older should take 75 mg a day, while men 19 and up should take 19 mg a day, Bank says. “Vitamin C increases the amount of iron absorbed in the body.

Omega-3s found in fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel, regulate oil production and help keep your skin moist. “They also delay the skin’s aging process to prevent wrinkles,” Bank says. One 2005 study found that EPA, a type of omega-3 found primarily in fish oil, helps block the release of ultraviolet-induced enzymes that eat away at your skin’s collagen, causing lines and sagging skin. Omega-3s can boost your hair’s shine, prevent your strands from drying out, and keep you young.

Biotin is a B vitamin that supports your skin, nerves, digestive tract, and metabolism. Supplements can be used to help reduce hair loss and encourage nail growth. It can be found in foods like peanut butter and bananas. “Individuals with type 2 diabetes should also look into taking a biotin supplement."

Hope this has helped some in your journey to healthier skin and hair. Until next time, take care and look good!!!

Information By Beth W. Orenstein - Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH -

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