All the latest natural skin care, anti-aging and healthy lifestyle tips from Marie Veronique Organics.
Nature’s Answer to Botox: Supplements Inside and Out
Today, we explore supplements as an alternative. It’s practically a consensus that free radical damage is a major cause of aging. This is nowhere more apparent than in the skin, which shows free radical damage in the form of wrinkles, sagging, hyperpigmentation and age spots. Most of us are taking an anti-oxidant supplement of some sort as part of our fitness regimen, but how many of us extend the same consideration to our skin?
The must-have topical vitamins are l-ascorbic acid and Vitamin E. Other very beneficial vitamins/anti-oxidants include : beta-carotene, super-oxide dismutase, idebenone/Co-enzyme-Q, alpha-lipoic acid, niacinamide and catechins from green tea. It is crucial that you not only choose them but use them wisely. Follow the suggestions below and you will find you have made some powerful friends in the anti-aging battle.
1) Anti-oxidant cycles.
Anti-oxidants work with each other in various ways: Vitamin C and Vitamin E work together to keep the anti-oxidant cycle going, Vitamin C stabilizes the catechins in green tea, and superoxide dismutase picks up the superoxide anion that are released in conjunction with certain common reactions. It’s teamwork! Choose a serum that contains a complement of anti-oxidants to scavenge different types of free radicals, and maintain anti-oxidant feedback loops.
2) Avoid Vitamin C lotions or serums.
If the Vitamin C is l-ascorbic acid it oxidizes too rapidly in a liquid medium to be safe to use. If it is an oil-soluble Vitamin C- ester it will not be effective as an anti-oxidant. Use Vitamin C, l-ascorbic acid, by adding a small amount of the powdered form directly to your serum, so it is fresh, ie non-oxidized, each time you use it. To get even more benefits, make sure the serum you combine it with contains Vitamin E.
Marie Veronique Nadeau founded Marie Veronique Organics over 10 years ago and is a nationally recognized formulator and beauty expert. She collaborates with her daughter, Jay Nadeau, physicist and bio-medical engineer, to carefully choose each ingredient in her products to address the causes of aging at the source. Marie holds a BS in Math and Chemistry as well as an esthetics license from Paris Beauty College. She is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of one. When she is not developing cutting edge anti-aging products, she can be found reading at her local library or foraging for mushrooms with her granddaughter.
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