In the age of Botox, filler, and plastic surgery, it’s safe to say that we’re obsessed with looking younger and more beautiful. While there’s no doubt that some of these more drastic measures may provide you with instant results, keeping up with a regular healthy diet, chalk full of nutrients and hydrating foods, will provide you with a good foundation for more youthful looking skin, long-term. Here are 5 nutrients that may help to keep your skin looking fresh and beautiful:
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) – Topical niacinamide has been tested in clinical studies and is not only observed to be well-tolerated, but it may also improve the appearance of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and melasma, a common skin condition that produces grey-brown patches on the face. In regard to oral niacinamide, research shows that taking vitamin B3, niacinamide (nicotinamide) supplements, along with sun protection and regular screenings, may reduce the rate of new skin cancer cell development among high risk patients.
Probiotics – Foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut have been touted for their ability to improve gut flora. Dermatology research has focused much attention on the microbiome of the gut, and its connection to healthy skin. Studies show that oral supplementation of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium, may reduce skin itchiness in adults with atopic dermatitis. Topical probiotics are also recommended by some dermatologists (hello yogurt face mask!).
Zinc – This trace mineral may help maintain the integrity of the skin. Zinc can be found in meat, legumes, shellfish, nuts and seeds. Oral supplementation of zinc is often recommended by clinicians in an effort to improve skin ulcers.
Vitamin C – Since vitamin C was discovered as the remedy for scurvy (the pirate disease), there’s been a plethora of research focused on the relationship between this nutrient and skin health. Specifically, vitamin C research has shown that it can greatly assist wound healing and may stimulate collagen formation.
Co-Enzyme Q 10 – As you age, your body produces less CoQ10, which is an essential antioxidant needed for nearly all of your body’s tissues. Recent studies have validated the safety and efficacy of CoQ10 as a nutrient that may improve skin health. Specifically, a recent clinical study showed that dietary supplementation of CoQ10 (50mg-150mg/day) for a 12-week period, may result in several anti-aging benefits like improved skin smoothness and firmness, and reduced wrinkles.
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