It was discovered long ago that healthy eating, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of sleep are not only the key to good health, but are also instrumental in keeping skin young and beautiful. Following these practices with a viable sunscreen and a nutrient rich skin cream can also promote skin elasticity and stave off wrinkles a bit longer. However, there is one important beauty product that has been overlooked.
While we know vitamin supplements can boost energy levels, help fight colds, and keep one active, it seems supplements have another benefit. Certain supplements are actually a prominent weapon in fighting aging. In fact, some supplements are so effective in counteracting the effects of aging, they might be seen as a sort of secret weapon.
The fact that certain vitamins and minerals fight aging is no secret. Obviously, it has long been known that fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, promotes a healthy level of good cholesterol, keeping the heart functioning as it should. Coenzyme Q10 is a natural antioxidant produced by the body which promotes cell growth, and protects against cancer. Vitamin C plays a large part in maintaining a healthy immune system, and is usually our “go-to” vitamin when feeling under the weather.
However, in addition to the obvious health benefits, these basic supplements also play a significant part in keeping the body’s largest organ, the skin, young and fresh. For instance, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil not only keep your heart healthy, but are so rich in healthy fats, they actually reduce skin dryness. Fish oil capsules not only keep skin moist and youthful, but add shine and luster to hair, making it stronger and healthier. In fact, it has been suggested that those suffering from dandruff may see improvement upon taking fish oil capsules.
As vitamin C is boosting the immune system, it is also protecting the skin against sun damage, and as a result, skin cancer. It is possible vitamin C also reverses sun damage, lightening sun spots and softening wrinkles. This antioxidant stimulates the body’s ability to repair itself, and preventing further damage. This super vitamin has proven so effective when ingested, some lotion manufacturers have incorporated large amounts of vitamin C into their products to enable it to be applied topically.
While Coenzyme Q10 has been used in hospitals for years, it has recently been determined to be a true wrinkle buster. With aging, comes a reduction in the amount of Coenzyme Q10 the body produces. Recent studies have found that applying this antioxidant topically seems to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. After all, being an antioxidant that stimulates the growth of new cells, it certainly seems this would be of tremendous benefit to the skin.
Finally, vitamin A, is perhaps the most effective secret beauty product one can keep in the arsenal. When ingested, vitamin A, found in a number of fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and carrots, can improve eye function and boost immunity. As a topical retinoic acid, it is a superstar in minimizing the appearance of fine wrinkles and lightening age spots. It has been found that retinoic acid actually restores elasticity to the skin, keeping it firm and taut. For years, dermatologists have been prescribing retinoid cream for a plethora of skin issues such as acne and clogged pores. It seems only natural that retinoic acid would lead the battle against aging.
In short, a healthy lifestyle is the key to maintaining not only inner health, but outer beauty. While creams and lotions can help moisturize dry skin, the true answer to preserving skin elasticity and a healthy glow is the same thing we use to keep our bodies strong: vitamins. By eating well, taking supplements, and applying antioxidants topically, we can truly continue to look as good as we feel.