As we age, we look for ways to maintain beautiful skin. While there are many good anti wrinkle creams on the market, one of the most important things we can do is work on our skin from the inside out. This includes skin supplements and anti aging supplements.
Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is a must. This provides the nutrients that we need not just for beautiful skin, but for our overall health in general. When we have good health, it will be reflected in our skin. Fruits and vegetables are filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients that provide the building blocks for our internal health. Studies show that we eat far fewer fruits and vegetables than we should. Try eating the recommended 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. (A serving is generally thought to be about a ½ cup.) Get as many colors in your fruits and vegetables as possible. This ensures that you are getting a good spectrum of antioxidants in your daily diet.
In addition to consuming 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, it is important to reduce or remove as much sugar from your diet as possible. Sugar not only promotes weight gain, but it contributes to the breakdown of the collagen in our skin.
The sugar in our bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) The collagen and elastin, (the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic), are the most vulnerable to the AGES. AGES can cause the collagen and elastin to become dry and brittle. This can lead to sagging and wrinkling of the skin.
Even if we have a diet with adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables, we still may be missing some important nutrients.
Two important nutrients for our skin are omega-3 fatty acids which are most often found in fish oil and flax seeds, and omega 6 fatty acids which are found in pure seed oils. Adding these to your diet in sufficient quantities and the correct ratio (2:1 omega 6s to omega 3s) can be a real difference maker!
While it is easy to find good omega 3 supplements today, good omega 6 supplements are a little more difficult to find. It is often said that we get too many omega 6 fatty acids in our diet, but the problem is also that not only do we get too many, but we get the wrong kind. We tend to get the processed omega 6 fatty acids from bakery goods and other processed foods. These do not help our skin. Instead, we need to get omega 6 oils from pure, raw sources such as evening of primrose oil or borage oil.
After much research, I believe that parent essential oils are the most effective way to consume essential fatty acids. They can make a wonderful difference in your skin and provide many other benefits as well!
There are several other supplements that I have found to be very effective:
Schizandra is an adaptagen and has been used for many years as an overall body tonic in Asia. It helps to balance the body and is one of the most important herbs in China. Schizandra is renowned as a beauty tonic in Asia and is considered to be a youth preserving herb.
It has been very popular with the wealthy men and women of China because of its youth preserving and rejuvenating effects. Because schizandra has been used for so long, it is believed to be safe and effective. Note, it took several months before I could see a significant difference in my skin. It has also helped my nails as well!
You may find that the prices vary greatly for schizandra. The reason is that most of the schizandra is grown in northeast China and it is difficult to get. Because the demand within China is so great for this herb, another very similar herb, schisandra sphenanthera, is grown to meet the demand outside of China. Schisandra sphenanthera is similar, but grown in southern China and isn't as quite as potent as the true schizandra.
I have tried both herbs and have found even schisandra sphenanthera to be effective. But for the best results, try the tradional schizandra. The link below is for one of the most potent schizandra supplements on the market. It is manufactured to retain it's full potency and is the real stuff!
Pearl powder has a long standing reputation in Asia as a powerful beauty product. It has been used for 2000 years by Chinese royalty and was only available to the very wealthy. It is extremely rich in minerals, amino acids and co-factors that make it a powerful anti-aging supplement.
According to Ron Teeguarden, author of "The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs", pearl promotes the regeneration of new cells and makes the skin smooth, fine, elastic and naturally beautiful. It is extremely rich in minerals, amino acids and co-factors that make it one of the best anti-aging substances. Constant use can help assure that the skin will age much more slowly and that it will not be easily harmed by either time or the elements. Pearl is one of the great secrets of the most beautiful women of the Orient.”
I have been taking this supplement for a couple of months and I have seen a dramatic difference in my skin. My pores have become smaller and finer. My skin seems to be more "plumped" and moist. The wrinkles have smoothed out.
To be honest, I had started taking the schizandra a couple of months prior to starting the pearl powder, so it may be a combination of the 2 supplements that is making the difference. Regardless of whether it is the combination or just the pearl powder, I have noticed a big difference!
Until recently, pearl powder was not really in a bioavailable form. With newer technology, the absorption rate is up to 92%, making it a valuable supplement. Pearl powder is considered safe for long term use.
After researching different companies that sell these Chinese herbs, I believe that the Dragon Herbs Company is one of the best. They sell the highest grade herbs on the market instead of the commodity grade herbs. They do most of the manufacturing themselves to assure the best possible product. They make both supplements as well as other Chinese herbs.
Another good company in the Jing company. Both companies' products can be found on-line at The Raw Food World.
Add some fermented foods to your diet. Our internal body ecology can help ensure that the good bacteria in our system outweighs the “bad” bacteria. This boosts our immune system and adds a glow to our skin. If you haven’t tried fermented or cultured foods, think about adding some homemade yogurt or kefir to your diet. Or you can make your own cultured vegetables (sauerkraut or Kim-Chi are examples of fermented vegetables.)
Many of the cultured products sold in grocery stores are very mild and don’t contain the full spectrum of cultures that are needed to provide us with the amount of good cultures that we need. It isn’t difficult to make your own, and there are many good starters on the market to begin this process.