Skin and body care reverses the visible signs of aging and improves how people see and react to us. Nature and time continue to take their toll on you. Keeping your skin and body with a healthy glow and youthful appearance is an ongoing process.
Aging, disease, and injury are some of the forces that can directly affect the way you look and feel. Aged skin has a texture that looks flat, dry and devitalized. Your skin, when exposed to the elements, becomes damaged.
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Supplements and Skin Care Products for Healthy Skin
Supplements and skin care products for healthy skin include a multivitamin and mineral, antioxidant nutrients to counteract free-radical damage, and the essential fatty acids. Water intake is essential to healthy skin tissue. Fiber helps prevent colon stagnation and general body toxicity, which easily affects the skin. Vitamin C provides more antioxidant free-radical protection in the blood and body fluids, and helps to reduce some of the aging effects of smoking, air pollution and chemicals.
Vitamin E and selenium also perform this function, especially with regard to fats. Selenium may also reduce the risks of skin and other cancers. Zinc is needed in cell repair and enzyme production, and to keep the immune function strong. Silica is thought to strengthen the skin, hair, and nails. The B vitamins are essential to healthy skin.
Taking a nutritional supplement containing beta-carotene, plus other carotenoids such as lutein and lycopene, helps protect the skin against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, according to a recent study in Journal of Nutrition (2003;133:98-101). Preventing damage to the skin may lead to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer in high-risk groups. In Europe, one of the most popular uses for carotenoid supplements (primarily beta-carotene and lycopene) is for skin protection during the summer sunbathing months (�inside-out� sun protection).
Essential fatty acids are vital to skin tissue health; these are found in olive oil and flax seed oil.Omega-3 fish oil, another essential fatty acid has some nourishing qualities for the skin, besides protecting against cardiovascular disease. The amino acids are essential to protein building, cell division, and tissue health and repair and are certainly very important for healthy skin.
As we age, our body loses its ability to make collagen, thus, it starts to break down. This is why our skin sags and wrinkles; hair becomes thinner, dull, or lifeless; our joints are stiffer and less flexible; and we have softer, less tone bodies. Supplementing with collagen protein is believed to provide the body with the amino acids necessary to manufacture and support collagen. It also helps significantly with weight loss.
Kelp is packed with easy-to-absorb proteins, vitamins, minerals and lipids. Kelp protects against environmental pollution and wards off aging by nourishing and moisturizing the skin. The seawater in seaweed is similar to human plasma, so it's an ideal way to get the nutritive benefits from the sea, vitamins A, C and E and the minerals zinc, selenium and magnesium we need through the process of osmosis. Kelp cleanses, tones and soothes the skin and regenerates body tissues, offering a new vitality and helping to maintain a youthful appearance. It also improves circulation, which has a positive effect on local fatty overloads and helps maintain the tone of the tissue. No wonder kelp is used to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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