Our skin is exposed to any number of risks from the environment – such as UV radiation, smoke, stress, and industrial pollutants that produce free radicals. For this reason, beauty and skin health rely heavily on naturally-occurring and outside nutrients. As the skin ages, transport of nutrients to the skin can change significantly. For a healthy look and healthy skin certain vitamins and nutrients are necessary.
Beauty and skin-care products are important today more than ever. Research continues to demonstrate how important a healthy diet – supported by nutritional supplements – can be to the skin. The skin is our first layer of defense from the sun and its harmful UV rays. Solar radiation has positive effects, of course, but the sun can also advance aging of the skin and contribute to abnormal immune response. Other factors like a poor diet, excess stress, or extreme climate conditions also affect skin health, but without proper nutrients in our bodies, the skin is the first organ to show the ill effects.
Good overall health and nutrition, adequate hydration, regular exercise, and a balanced lifestyle certainly contribute to beauty and overall skin health, but some supplements are known to contribute as well. Omega-3 essential fatty acids provide many of the cellular foundations to ensure skin rejuvenation. Coenzyme CoQ10 plays a major role in energy production, is a powerful antioxidant, and may be associated with reduction of wrinkles.
The skin health benefits of tocotrienols/tocopherols and vitamin E are significant, and skin care products containing these supplements are now foundational ingredients. Green tea has skin health benefits as well; a study funded by the National Cancer Institute found that drinking green tea can reverse the effects of sun damage to the skin. Resveratrol’s anti-aging properties have significant ramifications for the skin, and pine bark extract and carotenoids may help protect the skin from damage arising from too much sunlight. And vitamin D’s role in absorbing calcium helps fortify skin.