Missing the glowing beautiful skin of your younger years? You’re not alone. Even the least vain among us can have a hard time with the toll that aging takes on our skin.
Some days it feels like there’s a stranger looking back at you in the mirror. But you can put your best face forward—and look years younger—by tapping into the power of skin-friendly supplements.
Say goodbye to dull skin and wrinkles and hello to fresh faced teenage skin with these research proven nutrients.
If you’ve heard of selenium before it probably wasn’t in relation to skin. This mineral is one of the most overlooked nutrients when it comes to turning back the hands of time on skin aging.
Selenium is an essential mineral that functions as an antioxidant in your body fighting the damaging free radicals that contribute to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. 1,2
But as we age free radicals damage all kinds of cell membranes and DNA, including those that make up our skin. Selenium can help protect your skin cells from free radical damage slowing skin aging. Plus, as a natural anti-inflammatory, selenium can also help reduce inflammation, skin irritation and redness.3,4,5
Selenium is widely available online and can be found anywhere that carries supplements. It’s especially effective when taken in combo with vitamin E. Follow the dosage directions on the product you purchase.
You’ll also find selenium in certain foods including Brazil nuts, yellowfin tuna, halibut and sardines.
Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E can help fight off the rampaging free radicals that damage our skin and make us look old before our time. The vitamin helps protect against skin tumors and acts as a natural form of sun protection when you spend more time outdoors.6
Research has found that 400 IE a day of vitamin E over eight months can reverse, and even nearly eliminate, red irritated skin.7 And the vitamin has been tested with some success for treating the skin issues that accompany scleroderma and brown or gray .8,9,10,11,12
Vitamin E supplements are widely available online and in drug stores. Be sure to take it with a meal containing some fat for best results. And you can also raise your vitamin E levels by eating more almonds, pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds and spinach.
But keep in mind, real vitamin E is made up of made up of eight distinct molecule, so if you’re taking a supplement you’re going to want to look for a natural mixed tocopherol form of the vitamin. You can spot a synthetic by looking for the prefix “dl” on the label (the real deal only has a “d” alone).
Because of its antioxidant properties vitamin E is also included in many topical skin formulas as well.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster that just about everybody is familiar with, and most of us associate with oranges. But most folks overlook this common vitamin’s role in skin health.
As a potent antioxidant, C is a first line defense against the damaging free radicals that cause our skin to age. Your body uses C both to help repair damaged tissue as well as support new cell growth.
Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen the protein that provides firmness and elasticity to your skin.13 In other words, C may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and the saggy baggy skin that gives away your age.
Like E, vitamin C provides some natural protection against too much UV light exposure while helping to reverse existing sun damage.14 And according to experts folks who eat more vitamin-C rich food have less wrinkles and age-related dry skin.15
Vitamin C supplements are easy to find in any grocery store, drug store or online. Kale, broccoli, red peppers and oranges are terrific sources of vitamin C. And you will also find C in many topical skin products as well.