There are many obstacles we often forget about when it comes to skin care. Toxins in the air, makeup, diet, sun exposure, and many more all contribute to an unhealthy environment that demands protection for your skin. But where does the best protection begin? There are many cleansers, face-washes, and other products that claim to support healthy skin, but the best protection naturally starts on the inside.
Where to Start?
Vitamins. Minerals. Nutrients. These three words are used in a lot of claims about health. But did you know that skin protection starts with these very same supplements? Essential vitamins like vitamin C can support healthy skin by aiding the growth and repair of skin tissues. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, helping to fight free radicals and protect your skin from oxidative damage. Vitamin E is another antioxidant, like vitamin C, that can help protect your skin from free radical damage, as well as toxins in the air and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It also helps regulate retinol (a form of vitamin A), which is an important component of skin care.
Retinol is used in many topical skin care agents and other anti-aging products because it is key to supporting healthy growth in skin cells. Studies have shown that when retinol is converted to retinoic acid it can help support youthful and radiant-looking skin by protecting the elastic fibers that keep skin taut as well as protecting against age spots and wrinkles. Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is another important and natural antioxidant found in the body that helps protect healthy cells from problems associated with later stages of life. Various factors like age, stress, and medications can cause CoQ10 levels in your body to drop, which can be associated with visible signs of aging that leave your skin cells more prone to free radical damage.
Knowledge and Balance Is Power
Like many areas concerning your health, it’s important to have knowledge of the cause of your problems—such as oxidative damage and lack of proper nutrients—before seeking out the appropriate supplements and products to help combat them. It’s easy to get caught up in the vast amount of products on the market for skin care these days. But in addition to providing topical protection for your skin, you also require natural agents like the aforementioned vitamins and nutrients that support the health of your skin, starting where it counts: on the inside. Everyone yearns for beautiful-looking skin that’s smooth and supple. With the proper knowhow and nutrition, you can take practical steps towards good skin health.