Everyone, especially women, wants youthful, healthy skin. Attaining this is as challenging as maintaining it.
Ageing, an imbalanced diet and stress could adversely affect one’s skin condition. Worse yet, your skin is constantly exposed to harmful free radicals from environmental pollutants, most significantly, UV light. These free radicals attack the skin by breaking down collagen, causing pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Collagen is an important protein naturally present in our connective tissues. This integral part of our body system gives skin its strength and elasticity. However, as we age, collagen production inevitably decreases. Our skin loses its ability to retain its elasticity and begins to wrinkle and sag.
Most skin care products in the market are mainly focused on serums, creams and lotions that are applied on your skin.
Research shows what you put into your body is as important, if not more. According to experts, feeding your skin from the inside out will help you reap better benefits.
“There is a lot of important new research showing tremendous power of antioxidants in general, and in some specific nutrients in particular that can make an important difference in the way your skin looks and feels – and even in how well it ages,” says nutritional supplement expert Mary Sullivan, RN, co-founder of Olympian Labs. “When combined with a good diet, the right dietary supplements can help keep your skin looking not only healthy, but also years younger.”
SUN-PROOF YOUR SKIN NATURALLY
Did you know that tomatoes could be your best defence to keeping your skin looking young and safe from sun damage? Tomato is a rich source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can scavenge free radicals and reduce the inflammatory response to UV damage, thereby preventing visible signs of skin ageing.
Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment responsible for the red colour of fruits and vegetables. In addition to UV protection, numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-rich food with a reduction in the risks for prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration.
A BBC new report also revealed that lycopene obtained from tomatoes is an effective antioxidant and can protect the skin from UV damage and sunburn.
GETTING A NATURAL GLOW
With an antioxidant power 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E, oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC) is credited as a potent antioxidant to counter free radicals that wear down cellular tissues.
Grape seed and pine bark are two good sources of OPCs. They can help reduce inflammation, stabilise the walls of blood vessels and improve blood flow and nutrient delivery to the skin for a healthier, brighter complexion.
OPCs have also been linked to protection of collagen and elastin proteins, keeping the skin elastic, smooth and wrinkle-free.
NOURISH YOUR SKIN
Drink plenty of water and practice a balanced diet to stay hydrated. Supplementing your diet with essential fatty acids is also beneficial in rejuvenating and nourishing skin cells.
Borage oil, extracted from the seeds of borage plant, is one of the richest sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which plays a role in restoring moisture and smoothness of dry skin.
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