Winter is a terrific time to experiment with your skin – you can try different potions and combinations during the months when most of your skin is covered, then reveal your new, gorgeous skin when the warmer season arrives. Enjoy a boost of antioxidants with oral/ topical supplements in your skincare routine. Antioxidants are terrific for reversing sun damage, and the natural effects of aging, and should be a part of your daily routine, no matter your age – prevention is always better than a cure.
Vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals selenium and lutein, have all been touted as skin beautifiers, and there is growing clinical evidence that this is true. Some say that you may have enough in your regular diet, but it doesn’t hurt to take a daily multivitamin as well. Young people can start to take care of their skin before it ages with the simple addition of vitamins.
Dandelion supplements contain a great deal of vitamin C, and are touted as being good for your skin.
Flax-seed oil supplements can give your skin a healthy glow, and because it’s an Omega-3 rich oil, it’s also beneficial for your circulatory system and your brain. It is available in capsule form as well as a liquid that can be added to your other foods, and must be stored in a dark, cool place (a refrigerator is best) or it turns pretty easily.
Evening Primrose oil supplements has a mixed scientific evidence that it helps to reduce the symptoms of eczema, and perhaps other skin conditions. An added benefit is that it also may help with PMS – always a good thing. There are many of us who like this daily supplement.
Gotu kola (which is not related to the kola nut used in soda) improves collagen production and thus can be beneficial for aging skin or even mild scarring. It also improves circulation and helps remove toxins, both of which improve the appearance of skin, and it is a mild diuretic, so it can help to reduces puffiness. Many people, especially in India, swear by it for its many other benefits also, including reduction of cellulite.
Aloe vera is generally a topical treatment, but unlike many other herbal remedies, its benefits have been demonstrated scientifically. It is wonderful for skin irritations from rashes and second-degree burns to eczema, itchy scalp, and hemorrhoids. It is not yet available in the US as an oral supplement, but there are aloe drinks available that have antioxidant properties, and also might ease headaches.
There’s no one treatment that works for everybody. So start playing, find out what works for you, and don’t forget to let the rest of the mySkin community know your results!