When it comes to your skin, sometimes it feels like you just can’t win.
The heat and humidity can leave it feeling greasier than a slice of carryout pizza in the summer. But in the winter, it turns dry and cracked like a loaf of stale bread.
Or, if you’ve been blessed with combo skin, you battle both regardless of the time of year. And as we age, all those extremes can lead to a loss of elasticity and firmness and a new battle with wrinkles and sagging skin.
Many of us fight back with an arsenal of moisturizers, cleansers, and toners. Changing them with the seasons. And having varying degrees of success.
But the latest research reveals a new option. It’s a single natural therapy that could help give your skin exactly what it needs when it needs it.
And best of all, you don’t have to juggle dozens of products. And you don’t have to coat yourself in any sticky lotions or potions to get that relief.
Because this skin trick works from the INSIDE out.
Protect your OUTSIDE from the INSIDE
You may have heard of pine bark extract before. In fact, I’ve mentioned this potent supplement a few times right here in Healthier Talk.
Or you might even be among the growing number of people who take pine bark extract, which research has shown to help…
- enhance circulation
- fight inflammation
- block oxidation
But now, new research reveals yet another powerful benefit. Pine bark extract may ALSO help with those seasonal skin problems. And not just at a specific time of year, but all year round.
The small study tested 100 mg of a common form of pine bark extract during different times of the year in China. And that included the wet and rainy summer as well as the cool and dry late autumn.
In other words, the extract was put through its paces during weather changes, much like the ones we have here in the USA that can wreak havoc with your skin. And the supplement worked like gangbusters, easing the volunteer’s skin complaints.
Ditch dry skin with pine bark extract
During the hot and wet season, skin can REALLY suffer.
But folks who were given this compound had a 7 percent improvement in elasticity and a 7 percent improvement in firmness. Meanwhile, the volunteers who took a placebo had a tiny 0.1 percent improvement in elasticity. Even worse, they had a 0.3 percent LOSS in firmness.
But it was during the cool, dry season that the pine bark’s benefits REALLY stood out.
The folks who took the placebo saw their transepidermal water levels drop by 4.5 percent. Plus, their skin moisture levels plunged by 14 percent. That’s a problem. Because a steep drop in moisture like that can lead to skin that starts to resemble the surface of Mars.
The volunteers who were swallowing the pine bark supplements, however, had an entirely different experience. During the dry season, they had 14.5 percent LESS transepidermal water loss.
In the real world, that means they saw a significant improvement in their skin’s barrier function. That translated into a much more manageable 3.3 percent decrease in skin moisture. And once again, the pine bark group did significantly better in skin elasticity and firmness.
Now keep in mind, this is just one small study. So the usual precautions apply here. We need to see more research before we can declare pine bark a homerun for skincare.
But these results are certainly encouraging. And besides, as I said earlier, pine bark’s benefits are more than just skin deep.
Pine bark can help increase nitric oxide levels, which can pop open blood vessels helping to protect against cardiovascular issues. Plus, that same nitric oxide can help with “down there” problems for the guys. (Click here to discover how pine bark can help erase the bedroom blues.)
And the boost in circulation that users typically see can also help ease or even stop tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
You can find pine bark extract in stores that sell supplements as well as online.