Both natural skincare products with vitamins in them, as well as vitamins from your diet and vitamin supplements can help your skin to look younger. In fact, many people have developed a two pronged approach to their skincare: they use natural skincare products topically, while at the same time eating a vitamin-rich diet and adding a few important supplements - especially antioxidants, whey and omega 3 fatty acids..
Natural Skincare with Vitamins
There are many different natural skincare and organic skincare products out there that can help you age more gracefully, and keep your skin looking younger for a longer period of time. These typically include ingredients with potent vitamins and antioxidants. You need to be careful when looking for a brand - many cosmetic companies will put the word “natural” or even “organic” on their label, when in fact much of their ingredients are synthetic, which can age you faster over time!
One natural skincare brand that we highly recommend is Revel� by Emerald Essentials. This natural and organic skincare line is hypoallergenic and contain nutrients that can breathe life into your skin while pulling out toxins. These natural skincare products are fast-acting and results-oriented with the ability to radically transform your skin, improving its health, appearance and longevity.
Relev� Organic Skincare has been proven to dramatically:
- Reduce the effects of aging, improve wrinkles, and tighten sagging facial and neck skin
- Enhance your skin's smoothness, suppleness and sheen
- Correct skin health issues such as acne
- Reduce large pores, puffy eyes and dark circles
When you put a wealth of nutrients onto your skin, you fuel your cells with new life...and the effect are astounding!
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However, perhaps you have heard the saying: “Beauty comes from within.” If you eat right, including getting the right amounts of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, your skin will be healthier and stay younger-looking than if you were not eating right.
Berries and Salmon: Full of Antioxidant Vitamins and Skin-Nourishing Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fruits, especially berries, are really good for helping you to keep your skin looking healthy and young. So try adding berries like cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries to your diet.
In addition, many find that a natural, food-based antioxidant supplement can be very beneficial. We are exposed to so many toxins today, that most of us have more free radicals, and those free radicals can be quenched by high levels of antioxidants, that can be difficult to obtain with just diet alone. Especially because antioxidant levels go down in foods the longer they take to get from the ground to your mouth! One food-based supplement high in vitamins and antioxidants from berries that we highly recommend is RawBurst.
Last, but not least, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are very important for your skin, so if you have access to a clean source of wild-caught salmon or sardines, try adding that to your diet, 1 or 2 servings per week. For those who want to take an omega-3 supplement, we highly recommend Moxxor, a supplement made from the very potent greenlip mussel oil, a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3’s. Carlson fish oil is another good choice.
Antioxidant Vitamins and Natural Skincare
Antioxidant vitamins are critical for keeping your skin looking younger, and can be helpful both taken internally as well as applied to your skin directly. Antioxidants can not only protect your cells from free radical damage, but in addition, can help boost your collagen levels. Some of the helpful antioxidants include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C Complex
- Vitamin E Complex
Vitamins A is an excellent antioxidant, and also works as a helper in the repair and regeneration of cells, including skin cells. Many people think they are getting all the vitamin A they need by eating beta carotene rich foods like carrots, but this is simply not always the case. Despite what many doctors claim, vegetable sources of vitamin A like carrots and mangos do not contain true vitamin A. If you are healthy, you body can convert the beta carotene in these foods to true vitamins A, but for many of us today, this conversion process is at least somewhat impaired. Your body has to convert the to vitamin A, and sometimes this conversion is not very effective. There are very few good sources of direct, true vitamin A in our diets today, but liver and cod liver oil are two of them. You can also find a natural vitamin A supplement made from fish oil, like the Carlson brand.
Vitamin C is very important for producing collagen. If you don’t get enough vitamin C, your skin bedcomes less elastic and you can then exhibit sagging skin. Vitamin C and other antioxidants also protect against free radical damage, which can cause premature aging of the skin. Please remember that Vitamin C is NOT just ascorbic acid. You need foods high in vitamin C and its companions: bioflavonoids and rutin. If you don’t think you get enough, consider a food-based supplement, like Raw Burst.
Bioflavonoids are also antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Rutin helps to detoxify the body and prevent free-radicals. Some feel that rutin also helps to keep your collagen levels high, and prevents sun damage as well as wrinkles.
All these vitamins are highly recommended in their natural forms, and vitamin C and E should really be taken as part of a complex. Some foods that are high in antioxidants include:
- Red wine, grapes (high in resveratrol)
- Tomatoes (lycopene)
- Green Tea (polyphenols)
- Grape Seed Extract
Other Antioxidants: Selenium, Zinc & Whey Protein
Selenium is a mineral, but also a potent antioxidant, and can be very useful as it helps add to skin elasticity. Zinc and silica are also good for your skin, with zinc especially helping with acne issues.
Last, but certainly not least, whey protein, if you buy the non-denatured type (most whey on the market today is denatured and toxic), helps to boost your body’s ability to make glutathione, a potent antioxidant. In fact, many researchers call it the “master” antioxidant, as it can help your body reuse other antioxidants, like the vitamins A, C and E mentioned above.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Fish Oil and Natural Skincare
Most people either don’t have a clean source of fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon or sardines, or they simply don’t like fish! In fact, you do need to be very careful about eating too much fish that is contaminated with mercury and PCB’s, so many people just decide to supplement with fish oil, cod liver oil or krill oil. Moxxor is one brand that we highly recommend.
Whey Protein and Skin Health
The ingredients in whey protein also help to build healthy collagen, which we tend to lose as we age. Collagen helps to give our skin a smooth and youthful appearance, so a whey supplement can be very useful in keeping your skin looking young. But watch out, most whey protein is denatured, and does not work as well. In fact, consuming denatured whey may actually age you faster. One brand of un-denatured whey we highly recommend is Action Whey.