Bioactive Compounds for Skin Health: A Review

Nutrients. 2021 Jan 12;13(1):203. doi: 10.3390/nu13010203.


Human skin is continually changing. The condition of the skin largely depends on the individual's overall state of health. A balanced diet plays an important role in the proper functioning of the human body, including the skin. The present study draws attention to bioactive substances, i.e., vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, polyphenols, and carotenoids, with a particular focus on their effects on the condition of the skin. The aim of the study was to review the literature on the effects of bioactive substances on skin parameters such as elasticity, firmness, wrinkles, senile dryness, hydration and color, and to define their role in the process of skin ageing.

Keywords: antioxidants; bioactive substances; nutraceuticals; phytonutrients; skin care; skin health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use*
  • Carotenoids / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Minerals / therapeutic use*
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Vitamins / therapeutic use*


  • Antioxidants
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Carotenoids