Numerous scientific studies have shown that specific nutrients are beneficial to the skin’s health and appearance. Some are absolutely essential. The body must have certain amino acids and vitamin C in order to build strong collagen fibers and new skin cells.
Starting years ago when low blood levels of the antioxidants vitamin A and E were found to be associated with acne, scientists began to explore the benefits or ill effects of dietary habits. There is still a great deal of debate about which diets are best. But, there is a general consensus that eating more fruits and vegetables is beneficial, while eating too many simple carbohydrates causes ill effects.
So, there’s your first deep skincare tip. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They provide the safest forms of vitamin A, E and other antioxidants.
One of the first drugs for treating acne was a synthetic version of vitamin A. It could be applied topically or taken orally, but it caused severe adverse reactions, including birth defects if it was taken orally.
The only prescription wrinkle cream in the US today is the same synthetic version of vitamin A, but it causes redness, itching and irritation. Studies comparing the effects of the synthetic version to natural carotenoids found in plant extracts have concluded that the plants work just as well, but without causing the negative side effects.
Vitamin E creams have long been recommended for preventing age spots and reducing wrinkles. But, most of the vitamin E on the market today is a synthetic molecule derived from petrochemicals. Many petrochemicals are known to cause ill effects.
So, here’s your second deep skincare tip. To keep your skin looking young as the years go by, use a cream containing plant extracts that provide carotenoids and vitamin E, but make sure the ingredients are natural and not derived from petrochemicals.
Coenzyme Q10 is a unique antioxidant found in practically all of the cells of your body, but as you get older, the COQ10 concentration gets lower. You may have seen COQ10 in the supplement section. It is generally recommended for heart health.