Beginner’s Guide to Anti Aging and Skin Care

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Beginner’s Guide to Anti-Aging and Skin Care

Yearn for better skin? As the largest organ in your body, your skin is worth the time to take good care of. Here are the 10 best nutrients for younger firmer skin.

1. Vitamin C: We list vitamin C first, as it is absolutely essential to keeping your skin firm as well as elastic. Aging, sunlight and pollution all play a role in removing vitamin C from the skin and consuming more of it, of course, replenishes it. The reasons it works so well include a) its ability to fight free radicals, a byproduct of cell metabolism, b) it helps form collagen, which smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, c) it guards against ultraviolet rays from the sun that can be damaging to the skin. The foods you can eat to boost your vitamin C levels are sweet peppers, oranges, cantaloupe and strawberries, broccoli and cabbage.

2. Vitamin E: This fat-soluble antioxidant is found in abundance in our skin and is secreted through the sebum to the skin’s surface, usually about 7 days after consuming it. In addition to being a potent anti-inflammatory, it also boosts glutathione levels, prevents inflammatory damage and is involved in cell signaling in the metabolic process. In order to have plenty of this in your system for secretion, we suggest eating foods such as spinach, turnip greens, chard, almonds, bell peppers and asparagus.

3. Vitamin D: This is the only vitamin that actually reacts to the UV rays of the sun, which set off its skin-strengthening properties. These include the maintenance of serum calcium, the modulation of cell growth, reducing free radicals when exposed to the sun and protecting collagen and elastin. You can easily get your allowance of this vitamin by eating sunflower seeds, wheat germ, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and vegetable oil.

4. Vitamin A: Most specifically, it is beta-carotene and lycopene that do the skin the most good. Their antioxidant properties are strong, they offer protection against UV light, they repair the cellular structure of the epidermis, and decrease clustering of melanin granules, thus eliminating brown spots. To get enough of this vitamin, make sure you eat plenty of carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, chard, tomatoes and red grapefruit.

5. Vitamin B: Deficiencies in the array of B vitamins can cause dry skin, dermatitis and acne. B vitamins are essential in the skin’s moisture retention, in the anti-aging process, in creating smoother, softer skin and even lightening of dark spots. While not every aspect of B vitamins directly relate to the skin itself, they all work together to achieve overall health that affects the skin outright. Eat a diet full of poultry, lean meats, whole grains, bananas, spinach and asparagus.

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