We all want healthy, radiant, age-less skin and a clear complexion, but most people don’t realize that achieving beautiful skin requires a step beyond applying high quality cosmetic products to our skin. The truth is that our skin cells also require specific nutrients during their development to enable them to mature into fully developed, smooth, soft skin. Attention to a few key nutritional strategies can literally transform your skin and your complexion within 30-60 days.
Most people don’t realize that the single most important factor that influences the softness and smoothness of skin are small hormones, known as prostaglandin hormones. These hormones are made within each of our skin cells from the unsaturated fats that we consume in our diet.
The consumption of high fat meat and dairy products, as well as the use of corn oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower seed oil and mixed vegetable oils, leads to a build up of a type of unsaturated fat within our skin cells known as arachidonic acid and linoleic acid.
These fats promote the production of prostaglandin series-2 hormones (bad hormones) that make our skin dry, rough, scaly and bumpy. Unfortunately, many of us have a lot of these foods in our diets causing us to make a lot of these bad hormones and therefore causing us to have poor skin quality.
However, if we provide our skin cells with different types of unsaturated fats, the ones that cause our bodies to make prostaglandin series-1 and 3 (healthy hormones), our skin will become smoother, softer, and more radiant within the first 30-60 days of ingesting these fats.
The fact is that eating a fat known as GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) found in borage oil in high concentrations, and other fats derived from omega-3 fats found in fish and flaxseed oil, encourages the production of healthy hormones that will make our skin very soft and very smooth, quickly.
In order to make sure you get enough of these good fats into your diet, I recommend eating more fish, chicken, turkey and soy products in place of high fat meat and dairy products and switching to the use of olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil.
However, to really optimize the production of the healthy hormones, we should consider using an essential oils supplement that contains 400mgs. of borage, flaxseed, and fish oils (1200mg in each capsule). I suggest taking 2-3 capsules per day which invariably will make your skin feel more elegant and give it a more radiant and youthful appearance.
Beauty from the inside - out
One of the least appreciated aspects of a good nutrition program and the use of dietary supplements is the impact they have on skin appearance and texture and their ability to slow down skin aging and wrinkling. This may sound like a foreign concept at first, but clinical and experimental studies have shown that the right diet and supplementation program can make our skin look younger, improve complexion, give our skin a more elegant feel, and yes, even reverse some of those fine lines, shallow wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes.
The simple truth is that what we eat and the supplements we take affect our skin to a significant degree. For many years the cosmetic industry has tried to develop all sorts of lotions and potions to treat skin from the outside in. But, that just doesn’t make any sense in most cases.
Skin cells are developed deep below the outer layer of the skin and need a multitude of vitamins, minerals and essential fats from within our bodies in order to form and grow as healthy as possible. Most topical lotions cannot provide the building blocks required to nurture beautiful, healthy skin.
Slowing down skin aging and wrinkling
Scientific studies have recently proven that antioxidant supplements help to defend skin against premature aging, sun damage, and the development of wrinkles. Antioxidants, such a vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and selenium, have all been shown to reduce skin damage induced by ultra-violet light derived from sun-light and tanning beds.
Essentially, skin cells extract these antioxidants vitamins and minerals from the bloodstream. The higher the intake of these antioxidants, the higher becomes their concentration with skin cells. Once inside the skin cell these antioxidants intercept free radicals generated from ultra-violet light, which are known to speed up the aging of skin, encourage wrinkle formation, and cause DNA damage linked to skin cancer.
Recent human studies have shown that when individuals take antioxidant vitamins for several weeks, at dosages that exceed those attainable from food alone, they experience significantly less skin damage from ultra-violet light exposure than occurs in individuals not given the antioxidant supplements. Individuals taking the antioxidant supplements show less sunburn reaction, and fewer signs of skin damage associated with aging, wrinkling, and DNA mutations.
This doesn’t mean that you can take antioxidant supplements and lie in the sun and not worry about skin damage and skin cancer. We still need to reduce exposure to ultra-violet light by limiting our time in the sun and wearing protective clothing and good protective sunscreens
However, the evidence suggests very strongly that taking antioxidant supplements should also be considered an important step in protecting our skin from sun damage and premature aging over our lifetime. My recommendation is that we take a high potency multivitamin that contains the following daily dosages: vitamin A-2,500 IU, beta-carotene-10,000 IU, vitamin C-1,000 mg, vitamin E-400 IU, selenium-100 mcg, zinc-15 mg, as well as a B-50 complex and all other vitamins and minerals at reasonable doses.
H.A. –The Essential Skin Nutrient That Reverses Fine Lines
The final natural nutrient that is essential to maintaining the youthful appearance of the skin is Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.). Skin cells normally make H.A., but after the age of twenty we make less and less as we age. In fact by the age of 50, we only make 50% of the H.A. we made as kids. Babies have the highest concentration of H.A. giving them that beautiful, soft, supple skin.
H.A. acts as a sponge in our skin to retain the water it soaks up from our bloodstreams. Therefore, a decline in the amount of H.A. in our skin reduces our ability to hold moisture within the cells. This causes the skin to dehydrate and shrivel up, contributing to the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet.
Researchers have recently discovered that by applying a special type of encapsulated H.A. on to the skin’s surface, it can penetrate down to all of the skin’s layers thereby replenishing them with optimal amounts of H.A. This type of H.A. is one of the few topical agents that actually helps to improve skin quality and doesn’t need to be taken orally to have a substantial effect.
This H.A., in essence, reverses the aging process of the skin by binding H.A. to water molecules, plumping up the skin and acting like a natural filler agent. The result is that fine lines on the face, crow’s feet, and shallow wrinkles are reduced to a significant degree.
Four natural ways to keep skin looking youthful
From the available scientific evidence and from my own experience, I suggest that we use the following natural therapies if we wish to enhance the softness and smoothness of our skin, help prevent skin damage, reverse fine lines, crow’s feet and shallow wrinkles, and slow down the aging process of the skin,:
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