The One Anti-Aging Vitamin Your Skin Needs

 

If you are a beauty product lover like me, then you have probably tried about a million products. I have no less than five serums that I currently alternate between to maximize hydration, reduce fine lines and obtain that coveted youthful glow.

 

I know it’s overkill. In fact, you only need 4-5 products in your skincare arsenal for great, glowing skin and to prevent the damage that causes wrinkling, sagging, pigmentation and other effects of aging.

 

If you are going to use one vitamin on your skin, I believe it should be vitamin C. My personal favorite is an antioxidant serum with a 10% concentration of pure vitamin C from SkinCeuticals called Phloretin CF.  Vitamin C serums are absorb more readily by the skin than creams and other formulations, so you really are getting the most effective product with a serum and not wasting your money on something that doesn’t work.

 

antioxidant serum, topical vitamin C

 

So why is vitamin C *the* skin vitamin of choice, you ask?  Well for starters, there is a ton of research supporting the abilities of this powerful antioxidant to reduces the signs of aging and prevent further damage.

 

Studies have shown that topically-applied C can:

  • Reduce pigmentation (goodbye unattractive age spots)
  • Protect your skin from damaging effects from the sun 
  • Aid in collagen synthesis (hello firmness and elasticity)
  • Reduce inflammation, helping with conditions such as acne & rosacea

 

While vitamin C isn’t the only vitamin that an help give you great younger-looking skin, it’s a really important one. If you are only going to invest in one topical skin product, then topical C will give you a lot of bang for your buck.

For additional benefits, take a multivitamin with at least 100 milligrams of vitamin C and eat foods rich in C like papaya, bell peppers, broccoli and strawberries.

 

Do you want to learn more about how you can get the amazing skin you’ve always wanted?



3 Easy Ways to Get Younger Looking Skin

younger looking skin, reduce wrinkles

Out of the 20,000 – 25,000 genes that comprise the humane genome, researchers have discovered that approximately 1,500 have to do with the aging process. While we can’t influence our genes, there are still many measurable actions that we can take to have great looking skin. Want to know what you can do to keep your skin looking youthful as long as possible? Keep reading…

1. Stop Smoking. Yes… here is yet another reason to QUIT smoking. As you age, your body naturally breaks down collagen which is why skin wrinkling occurs. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and breaks down collagen, causing your skin to age prematurely. Did you know that in as little as 2 weeks after quitting, your circulation begins to improve? Becoming an ex-smoker has many benefits.

Bioderma sunscreen, sunscreen from France

courtesy of Bioderma

 

2. Wear Sunscreen. Beware, sun worshippers! Not only does sun exposure cause premature aging, it is the leading cause of skin cancer. Trust me… I remember days of basking in the sun. Most of us have been there! After having a few moles removed and biopsied in later years, I’m much smarter about wearing sunscreen year-round. Take a lesson from someone who has been there… always apply sunscreen before exposure to sun and reapply often. Don’t forget the backs of your hands, your neck and your lips.

3. Drink more H2O. If your skin lacks moisture, you’re going to have problems. Make sure and drink eight glasses of water per day – more if you are exercising, flying, drinking alcohol or other activities known to cause dehydration. Use a moisturizer that has both hydrating and strengthening effects to maximize moisture retention. Eating foods high in water content like strawberries and broccoli is another way to boost hydration, and with these two in particular, you’ll get a boost of vitamin C as well.

Do you want to know more about easy ways you can get gorgeous, younger-looking skin?