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Essential Nutrients for Youthful Skin

Beautiful, healthy skin starts from within. Unless you have subjected your skin to too much UV radiation over the years, most of the skin damage comes from poor nutrition, acne, stress, smoking, alcohol, drugs and hormonal changes. Although many skin treatments, lasers and aesthetic surgeries are beneficial and sometimes necessary, treatments alone are not going to change your skin’s health and improve its appearance.

There are many things you can do internally to reflect externally. If you are generally healthy and eat and live right, just taking an additional skin vitamin may help you maintain a youthful look. However, the majority of us are not generally healthy, do not eat right, take medications, do not get enough sleep, do not exercise enough or none at all and are nutritionally deplete.

The lack of certain vitamins is more common than many of us think and it can cause varied symptoms. Deficiencies of water-soluble vitamins are generally more likely to occur than fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies. Problems with skin, hair, eyes, mouth, gums, muscles and blood as well as behavior, digestive, neurological and reproductive systems can all occur from a deficiency of any single or several vitamins.

Many people try vitamin and other nutritional supplements they heard about on TV or in the news. They hear something has great benefit and think it will help to solve their problem. Then in one or two months they typically give up and try something new. But our bodies are too complex to react so fast. At least four months are needed to make any significant change. Sticking with a program, provided that it is reasonable, is the best way to benefit your skin and overall health.

Vitamins and minerals needed most to reverse damage and protect your skin include vitamins A, C, E, many of the B vitamins, zinc, selenium and niacin. When it comes to B vitamins, some non-specific symptoms of their deficiencies include dry, rough, cracked, scaly skin and dry, dull hair.

Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are essential for skin health but unless you are undernourished or anorexic you cannot be deficient in proteins.

Resveratrol. There is a natural phenol found in the skin of grapes and many berries and abundant in red wine, called resveratrol that is highly valued for its ability to cause death of cancer cells, including skin cancers. Resveratrol is also known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Countless studies have been done on the wide range of its health benefits. Before you go out and start drinking red wine, you should know that the resveratrol content is highest in organic red wine from certain areas of Europe. However, perhaps the best way to get resveratrol is from a standardized extract on a daily basis.

Antioxidants. Additional skin and health benefits come from a variety of potent antioxidants such as ellagic acid, which also happens to be a natural phenol, just like resveratrol, and it is commonly found in pomegranates.

Essential fatty acids, found for example in fish oil and flax seed, are indispensable for the support of the skin, hair and nails. They are also essential for the structure and function of every cell membrane in the body.

Hyaluronic acid is yet another essential component for the skin. It is best known for its moisture binding ability. In addition, hyaluronic acid is vital for ensuring elasticity, smoothness and vitality of the skin and cell regeneration.

In summary, there is enough evidence to say that combining nutritional support with sun protection, hydration and other skin care treatments, laser treatments, injectables and cosmetic surgery is the best strategy for improving and rejuvenating your facial skin.