Slow the Biological Clock
Does anybody really look forward to growing older? Growing older is one thing, but LOOKING older is entirely another! There may not be a lot we can do to stop the hands of time, however there is no need to wear our age on our face.
Aging gracefully should encompass not only looking healthy and vibrant, but feeling as good as you look. It may sound corny, but it is a fact that true beauty emanates from the inside. It comes from feeling good about yourself, taking the best possible care of yourself, loving who you are and what you do, and feeling confident and secure.
All of that doesn't come in a bottle! To a certain extent, the visible signs of aging can be minimized by excellent and focused skin care products. They can definitely help boost our capacity for looking radiant and more youthful. And by boosting the body with some specially selected high-grade supplements, there is no doubt you can improve both skin and health in one shot. However, there is no substitute for taking good care of oneself. What does that mean?
DIET: Care enough about yourself to select the finest quality foods, with a variety of nutrients. Avoid packaged, processed and refined foods. They steal health and radiance. Your diet should be colorful: lots of fruits and veggies and top quality proteins (available from legumes, soy, yogurts) to help build strong, firm skin. Stay away from chemically processed foods with additives. They create a lot of extra work for your body.
VITAMINS: BOTH INSIDE AND OUT
Nutritional therapy can boost our capacity for youthfulness beyond that of food. In many cases, to ingest a therapeutic amount of a nutrient in food form would mean eating unrealistically large quantities of certain foods. Supplementation is an excellent way to ensure there are no minimal deficiencies in the diet and boost the availability of nutrients to the body.
Certain vitamins, classified as antioxidants, help support the skin's ability to rejuvenate itself and to fight off damage caused by sun, smoke, pollution, etc. For a more complete impact, take your vitamins internally and externally! Stabilized vitamin C has been shown to reverse signs of aging caused by sun damage when applied directly to the skin. Don't settle for a cheap substitute, there are none. Traditional forms of Vitamin C are difficult to stabilize and bargain varieties are simply a waste of money.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse nutrient for skin because it helps your body manufacture collagen. Collagen is a protein found in the dermal layer of the skin that gives the skin it's firmness and youthful tone.
The newest breakthrough in Vitamin C is mineral ascorbates. These forms of Vitamin C have many advantages over ascorbic acid. They are beginning to creep into the market in skin care products such as moisturizers and serums. Look out for new products featuring this power-house nutrient. We carry Poly-C, a powerful blend of mineral ascorbates.
It's a good idea to boost your antioxidant level internally with a variety of antioxidants. The body needs them all, no one is better than the other. You can alternate among them, to make sure you get the full range. Go to my Nutrition page for some easy-to-understand tips that maximize both health and beauty.
While I usually don't like blends, because I find they tend to have too little of the good stuff, I do like Cyto-Redoxin Antioxidant Formula, a comprehensive,professional blend of powerful antioxidants that can help you combat aging and look great! It includes potent whole-food extract plus a respectable amount of alpha-lipoic acid and co-enzyme Q10.
ALPHA AND BETA HYDROXY ACIDS
Heard about those alpha hydroxy acids? These acids, derived from a number of fruits, milk and sugar cane, literally eat away at the skin's surface. The result: they eat away at the fine lines, minimizing their appearance, making your skin smoother and more youthful. They also unclog pores, reducing the likelihood of breakouts.
The world of alpha hydroxy acids is a very confusing one, with various manufacturers claiming all sorts of percentages and strengths that may or may not be true or effective. My personal choice: a water soluble, clear gel formulation that is gentle enough not to cause irritation, yet effective enough to cause a noticeable difference. Try Clear Skin Alpha Hydroxy Gel, below. It is time released so as to minimize the likelihood of irritation. This formulation utilizes lactic acid, derived from milk, the mildest and least drying of the alpha hydroxies. Your want to top this with a good moisturizer, since fruit acid gels are not espcailly hydrating, but they do tend to accelerate the benefits of a moisturize that follows them, making them excellent primers.
The Beta Hydroxies are similar in effect to the Alpha Hydroxies, however they are less irritating to the skin. This makes them an excellent choice for skin suffering from acne, since acne is a source of inflammation which can be further irritated by the harsher alpha hydroxies. Salicylic Acid is the most common of the Beta Hydroxies, and it is effective in keeping the pores unclogged while sloughing off those dead skin cells. The most popular beta hydroxy on the market is Salicylic Acid, which is the main ingredient in Rescue Gel.
There is so much more you can do to help slow the biological clock, so look out for continued featured articles, or email us for a copy of our seasonal newsletter. In the meantime, get started! One small step at a time will lead to a more healthful, beautiful you! START TODAY!