Beautiful healthy skin is not only dependent on the products we use on our skin, but also on what food and supplements we take in to our bodies. Actually the question, "what supplements do you take and where do you get them?", consumes most of the emails and texts I receive.
I have written on most of them, but I will re post the ones that I take daily. Before I list them all, I want to show a diagram of what happens to our skin as we age. This is a cross section of our skin. The top pink layer is the epidermis, the middle section with the collagen and vascular tissue is dermis and the bottom section is the hypo dermis.
It's a little hard to read the words below the pictures, but there are 2 gray lines under each picture and the first line points to the collagen (looks like a ball of cotton) in our skin and the second gray line shows the blood flow to our skin. As you can see in your 20's you have plenty of blood flow and collagen. It begins to diminish in your 30's and 40's and by the time you are in your 50's there is very little collagen and and blood flow. The result, wrinkles, which is depicted by the wave portion of the epidermis on the 50+ photo.
This picture of the sliced opened apple shows what happens when you cut it in half and it is exposed to oxygen. This is called oxidation. It begins to age the apple and turn it brown. That is exactly what happens to our skin when we encounter free radicals. Our skin begins to oxidize and age.
Free radicals are produced in the body to aid in metabolic processes like digestion and conversion of food into energy. But they are also found in the air we breathe, food, water, cigarette smoke, car and industrial exhaust, to name a few. When we have too many free radicals they affect the skin.
They speed up aging by breaking down collagen and reduce the amount of oxygen to our cells.
They age our skin. Antioxidants
save our cells from free radicals,
and help slow down
the aging process. There are foods that are full of antioxidants along with supplements you can take. I am just going to tell you about the supplements I take today, I'll save the foods with highest antioxidants for another post!!The supplements I take are for the purpose of helping rebuild collagen and increase blood flow and fight free radicals.
My newest discovery is Phytoceramide. This is a plant derived equivalent of ceramics, a lipid that keeps your skin hydrated and plump in the epidermis part of our skin. We start to loose ceramics as we age just like collagen and blood flow. The result, your skin begins to appear rough and wrinkled. Taking phytoceramide helps restore the outer layer of our skin. These powerful molecules are carried to the inner layer the dermis and then seep into the epidermis and restore the damaged barrier, hydrate, moisturize and help fill out wrinkles.
Most pytoceramides are derived from wheat, but I am not a fan of wheat products so I found one that is wheat free.
In addition to the Phytoceramides I take these also.
Chinese Herb-Pearl Powder
Antioxidant- Sea Buckthorn berry
You can look back through older posts if you want to read about Pearl Powder, Astaxanthin, Sea Buckthorn Berry and Astragalus root. I purchase all of them from Amazon. I also detox with supplements and juicing on a daily basis. All these things along with Real Raw Beauty products continue to improve the overall quality and texture of my skin.
If you have any questions about any of the supplements or products, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,