Vitamins C and E have specific roles in your skin's health. Vitamin C helps reduce the effects of sun damage, which dries out skin and reduces its elasticity. Vitamin E helps repair rough or dry skin, including skin damaged by sunlight. Both are available in oral and topical supplements, but generally topical applications are more effective since the skin ends up receiving a higher concentration of the nutrients.
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Take one supplement each (about 200 mg) of both vitamins C and E each day. You can take these at separate times or together at the same time, preferably on an empty stomach to facilitate the most efficient digestion of the vitamins. Drink 8 ounces of water with the pills.
Wash your skin prior to applying any topical applications. Vitamins trapped in the oils on your skin or deflected by dust or dirt will be of no value to your skin.
Apply a generous amount of vitamin C or E topical cream to your skin and rub it in gently with your fingers. You can use a cream that contains both vitamins or use separate creams. Rub in the cream until you have a thin layer of cream covering your skin.
Apply topical creams once or twice daily, depending on your personal preference and how damaged your skin is.