In our two previous articles in our Anti-aging Skin Care series, we discussed what comprises aging skin, provided a very simple explanation of how it happens and we talked about the causes of it. We also addressed the pharmaceutical options available for reversing the effects of the appearance of aging skin as well as the medical and cosmetic procedures that are also being used to treat this malady. This third article in our series will address the natural skin care options, such as, diet and vitamins and minerals that can help to remedy the aging skin problem.
What about my diet?
There is good deal of research available, both past and present, to support the use of vitamins and minerals for better health all over your body, including your skin. The research surrounding natural skin care and improving the condition and healthy appearance of your skin doesn’t really draw a line between what you eat versus vitamins and minerals that are applied topically in the form of facial creams and lotions, saying that vitamins and minerals in all forms play a vital role in a healthy complexion, whether those vitamins and minerals are obtained through creams and lotions or by our diet.
My research took me to a WebMD article that stated that your skin is a “fingerprint” of what is happening inside your body. It went on to say that “…all skin conditions from psoriasis to acne to aging are manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.” It sounds like “feeding your skin” can’t be anything but beneficial for your overall “you”.
Eating a diet that is rich in vitamins A, E, C, K and B complex will also help in a more natural approach to skin care. It goes without saying that the old adage “you are what you eat” definitely applies here. Consuming a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables will infuse your body with the vital nutrients that it needs to nourish each and every cell in your body. When all the different cells are adequately nourished and function properly, many body functions and conditions will improve…especially your skin. While giving nature all of the required fuel for those cells could be your best, healthiest and safest option, it won’t be the fastest way to improve your appearance but take note of some of the results of the research noted below.
New research provides data to demonstrate the tremendous power of anti-oxidants in general and how some specific nutrients can produce important differences in the look and feel of your skin and even in how it ages! Basically, if you combine a good diet with the correct dietary supplements, you can achieve and maintain healthy skin and even look years younger, by applying skin care nature’s way.
For example, one of the newer dermatologic discoveries which have dermatologists excited is about vitamin C and E. Studies have shown increased power to counter the effects of sun exposure. Topical application of vitamin C and E can produce photoprotection that can reduce the risk of skin cancer associated with prolonged sun exposure. When vitamin C and E are combined into a lotion, they provide an extremely high degree of protection against sun exposure damage. The use of natural vitamin E supplements (400 mg per day) decreases wrinkles and photo damage as well as improves visible skin texture.
All of this being said, this doesn’t mean we’re giving you carte blanche approval to consume huge amounts of these nutrients and then bake yourself in the sun. The dermatology experts recommend using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 25 and limiting your sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. They’re also recommending the use of these antioxidant vitamins to help maintain healthier skin that is supple.
In the next article in our series, we will discuss more about vitamins and minerals, diet in general and even some natural cosmetic products that can aid in your journey through the jungle of natural skin care options.