10 Ways to Improve Your Skin Right Now
I’m thankful I’m relatively healthy and fit. But is it okay if I also want my skin to look good, at least as good as my age? How about better than most people my age?
Of course, we all do! Here are some of the things that I do to help keep my skin looking young and — and help keep me healthy! These strategies can work for you, too.
1. Eat berries almost every day, or take a berry extract. Berries contain ellagic acid, aconcentrated amounts of ellagic acid. This compound helps to prevent sun damage to skin by blocking production of enzymes that break down collagen in damaged skin cells. The result: less redness, thickening and wrinkling of the skin.
2. Exercise. It improves blood circulation everywhere, including your skin. People who exercise have thicker skin — literally. Additionally, exercise can help you sweat out many of the toxins that surface through skin, making dull skin appear vibrant over time.
3. Take CoQ10. Research has shown that CoQ10 fights wrinkles. This powerful antioxidant encourages the turnover of new skin cells, protecting them from sun damage and minimizing wrinkles. CoQ10 can be found in both oral and topical forms, allowing you to create a system of defense from the inside out.
4. Take vitamin E and use it on your skin. It helps reduce damage from the sun. There is also evidence that vitamin E can help reverse some skin damage. There aren’t many things you can say that about.
5. Get plenty of vitamin C, from foods and supplements. Your body needs vitamin C to make collagen, the connective tissue that plumps up the structure underlying your skin. It, too, helps reduce sun damage. I get vitamin C from my multi as well as from fruits and vegetables, however I’ve heard amazing things about topical vitamin C serums. Have you tried those yet?
6. Take fish oil and flax seed oil. We don’t need many epidemiological studies to tell us that fish oil prevents wrinkles–we can see quite clearly that cultures with high intakes of fish have supple, wrinkle free skin. EPA, an omega-3 found in fish oil, can fight suppress the type of aging damage in your skin that causes sagging and wrinkles. Both fish oil and flax seed oil help to keep skin moist and my hair shiny and healthy. The skin on my feet and hands never cracks.
7. Drink green tea. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect against skin damage and even skin cancer.
8. Eat plenty of orange stuff. Winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, even corn and tomatoes have compounds that protect your skin and your eyes, like beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Eating foods high in these compounds can build up an internal sunscreen!
9. Take biotin. This B vitamin is essential for healthy nails and hair. Biotin is involved in cross-linkages and elasticity in this keratin (shell-like) tissue. It’s even used to help keep horses’ hooves and turtles’ shells strong. Lots of people don’t get enough, and the result is soft nails and thin hair.
10. Avoiding doing the things that have been proven to accelerate skin aging! These include smoking, scowling, eating tons of sugar, getting too much sun and letting your weight yo-yo.
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Article updated on: January 22nd, 2013