You’ve probably seen advertisements everywhere you look revealing the latest anti-aging ingredients for your skin, promising quick, visible results to baby boomers whose skin is starting to show signs of age. Do these anti-aging supplements really work as well as what they claim? What supplements really do help fight your skin’s aging? These questions are everywhere these days and the proposed information can even be conflicting, especially with the internet and it’s broad reach.
As aboomer myself, I am always interested in seeing how I can maintain healthy and youthful skin. People often ask me, “Tina, what’s your secret? What are you taking?” Unfortunately, I’ve come across very few anti-aging supplements that are visibly effective. Not too long ago, there was a lot of hype out there about collagen supplements. It was asserted that these supplements could boost your skin’s natural elasticity and make you look several years younger. There was actually no scientific research that proved this was true, and when my girlfriends and I gave it a try, we didn’t notice any difference in our skin. Several other supplements are also ineffective and a waste of money.
In the end, though, I’m happy to say that I’ve found some great ways to take the years off my skin. First, I highly recommend Omega-3 fish oils. Not only is this supplement great for your skin, but studies also show that it may reduce risk of cancers and cardiovascular disease, boost immune function and brain health, and alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and even depression and anxiety. I have noticed that it is particularly effective in beautifying skin and nails. If you haven’t been taking fish oil, you may be missing out on some of the best anti-aging supplements available. Also be sure to work Omega-3 into your healthy diet in foods such as salmon.
A good multi-vitamin supplement is also crucial to promoting beautiful, youthful skin. This supplement will help make up for any deficiencies in your diet. Vitamins B, D, and E are three of the most essential nutrients when it comes to keeping skin youthful, and many women are found to have deficiencies in these.
A result of deficiencies, particularly in these vitamins above, is not only poor health and increased risk of major health concerns such as cardiovascular disease and breast cancer, but dry, dull-looking skin, accelerating the signs of aging skin and resulting in unwanted fine lines and wrinkles.
It is important to realize that taking supplements won’t change your skin overnight; it requires patience and time before you start to see results, but after about eight weeks, the results you’ve been waiting for will be visible in your more youthful, glowing skin.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Studies show that most people are dehydrated and don’t even know it. By the time you feel thirsty for water, you’re already significantly dehydrated. You should be sure to sip water all day long and shoot for eight glasses of this essential nutrient every day. Particularly rewarding is the fact that rehydrating skin can often improve its appearance and increase its youthfulness in just a couple of days.
Unfortunately, there is no overnight fix that will take twenty years off your skin—just yet, anyway. Maybe a miracle anti-aging supplement will appear on the market some day, but in the meantime, nothing beautifies your skin like classic nutrients found in fish oil and multi-vitamins and a glass of refreshing water.
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