Ah the search for the mythical fountain of youth! It’s a normal transition of life…reach 30, freak-out about your first few lines and then begin your quest for youth and radiance (well, maybe that was just me!). Unfortunately, with age many things change, including the proteins in your skin breakdown causing wrinkles (urgh!).
The first thing that comes to mind when upgrading your skin-care regime is most likely a pricey, prettily packaged topical range of face creams, and all the add-ons that come with it – right? Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place for these, but if a radiant, healthy and youthful complexion is what you are after, you need to pay close attention to beauty beyond the surface. As the saying goes “garbage in, garbage out” – if your diet is loaded with processed sugary meals don’t expect wonders out of your face cream. A bad diet and lifestyle (smoking, many late nights, too much alcohol and over exposure to sun) will reflect in your complexion. Funny how we are only concerned with these guilty habits once you have reached a certain age!
Are you seeing a reoccurring theme? Yes, DIET is everything! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A well-balanced diet, coupled with the added support of quality supplements designed to nourish the skin (because let’s face it, we don’t eat perfectly every day), together with a natural topical skin care range is the winning formula.
I have seriously temperamental skin, like an 18-month old who has a mind of its own and throws a tantrum every now and then! If you are like me, you despise having to make a decision when faced with an abundance of options – I really struggle with this. I find myself standing in an aisle staring into a sea of supplements and often leave empty handed – total waste of time! You might even be tempted by a quick-fix, like supplements with nasty fillers or even injectables, and spend a small fortune to achieve flawless skin for a short period of time.
“Yes, DIET is everything!”
I’ll save you the effort and frustration of reading and researching every single supplement label and share my cheat notes on how to get your glow-on with 5 Supplements Worth A Spot In Your Beauty Routine:
1. Vitamin C – the skincare superhero
Vitamin C is really the skincare superhero! It’s one of the most powerful antioxidants that protects your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment, which can breakdown your collagen and create wrinkles and sagging. A top professional-grade Vitamin C in the most absorbable form is certainly worth the investment, my pick would be Quicksilver Scientific – Liposomal Vitamin C with R-Lipoic Acid. These two potent antioxidants regulate the production of oil glands, which are the known instigators of clogged pores which create spots. They have the ability to smooth skin by removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, help with puffy eyes, reduce lines, enhance skin colour and minimize pores to achieve the perfect dewy complexion. The fact that your are getting an immune boost daily of the highest quality is a fantastic selling point.
2. Magic Mushrooms
No, not those kind of mushrooms! Reishi, a medicinal mushroom, also known as the “elixir of life”! Reishi mushroom extract contains a high content of polysaccharides, responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water, which is vital for skin repair and regeneration. The extract is known to combat skin inflammation, reduce puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage. Sfera Mycology – Peptan Collagen with Reishi (drinkable powder) is a dynamic combination of Collagen and Reishi is packed with numerous health benefits for skin beauty. Peptan Collagen (type found in human bones and skin) is a primary connective tissue and key protein in the body that ensure cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, cartilage and bone – definitely worth downing in the morning!
3. Collagen – the latest wellness buzz word
Collagen is the latest trend in ‘beauty food’ for a good reason… many reasons actually. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, heals inflammatory skin conditions (including acne, eczema, psoriasis), helps prevent cellulite and stretch marks (okay, sign me up!) and helps speed up wound healing. If you are looking for a skin, hair, and nail health combo, then Good Health – Imaglow Advanced Collagen Formula is for you! Imaglow’s leading formula contains high quality collagen combined with nutrients and bio-active compounds, that help maintain skin elasticity and firmness by enhancing collagen and elastin production. It also supports the repair of fine lines, wrinkles, broken capillaries, spots, dryness and lessens pigmentation.
4. Body benefits of Berries
Somewhere high up in the Himalayan Mountains grow one of the greatest natural health secrets – Sea Buckthorn Berries. The extracted oil of the Sea Buckthorn Berry is full of nutrients which promotes faster cellular regeneration. When used daily as part of your natural skin care routine, this incredible oil will gradually strengthen your skin and restore its useful elasticity, preventing premature signs of aging. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for the treatment and prevention of acne, eczema, psoriasis and sun damage. Bene-Vita – Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Capsules is a convenient soft-gel so you can bypass the experience of swallowing pure oil and still reap the multitude of benefits.
5. Nature knows best
Heard of The Clear Skin book , written by the famous Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock? If not, it’s worth a read in the quest of achieving flawless skin naturally by simply eating the right foods. Sounds simple enough, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little extra help and that’s where Viridian – Clear Skin Complex comes in. Their blemish-banishing formula was inspired by The Clear Skin Cookbook and includes a blend of cleansing botanical extracts, wrinkle-zapping antioxidants, probiotics and skin-enhancing minerals. If you are struggling with inflammation, acne, rosacea, scarring, eczema, psoriasis, early signs of aging, uneven skin tone, redness or flushing, then definitely worth a try.
As you can see, the nutrients you ingest are just as important to your beauty routine (if not more important) as the cleansers, moisturizers, and toners you use. To achieve skin perfection, you need to nourish your skin from the inside as well as outside.
But no routine would be complete without a range of amazing natural skin and beauty products! So take a look at our various ranges…
I don’t know about you?… but I might want to act my age (…well sometimes), but I certainly don’t want to look it (wink-wink)!
Analita Farelo (VitaSoul Blogger)