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.
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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.
Many people, myself included, prefer to start with botox alternatives to mainstream treatments, if available, when resolving medical issues. Most physicians agree that making life-style changes can make a dramatic difference when coping with all manner of chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and obesity. All agree that the major changes to look at are: diet, nutrional supplements, exercise and attitude.
I argue that these same principles can be used to improve the condition of one’s skin to the point where Botox, and even more invasive procedures, are no longer needed
. And, since the drawbacks to too much Botox can be likened to taking too many meds, alternatives are certainly worth exploring. Her are a few suggestions.
Your Diet Should Include Food for the Face
To maintain optimum health we are advised to eat foods high in Omega 3s, an essential fatty acid frequently lacking in modern diets.
Foods high in Omega 3’s include salmon, mackeral, sardines and grass-fed beef. Your skin needs the same basic building blocks as the rest of your body in order to maintain and repair itself, and this is especially true in the case of EFAs.
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No matter what skin type you are, from very oily to very dry, your skin needs the essential fatty acids found in oils to miantain barrier function, lubricate and cleanse, and prevent transepidermal water loss. Because the lipid barrier is constantly developing gaps due to lipid peroxidation from UV exposure, as well as from use of cleansers and exfoliators, EFA-rich oils shouild be applied daily or twice-daily to keep the skin lubricated, supple and glowing with health.
Note on dry skin.
People with dry skin may apply oils more frequently—don’t be surprised if your skin drinks it up and clamors for more, especially at first. It will eventually settle down when it reaches its state of equilibrium. This is your skin talking to you—listen to it and you will be rewarded with a glow your friends and family will notice.
To Help Correct Saggy Neck
Surgeons contend that some aging issues can only be corrected with surgery, such as loose jowls, a "turkey gobbler" neck, baggy eyelids and very saggy, heavily wrinkled skin.
Here is an alternative to surgey –prevention! To prevent turkey neck or saggy jowls use this massage technique when applying oils. It’s simple to make this a prat of your daily routine since you are applying oils twice a day anway.
After cleansing and while your face is still damp apply ½ to 1 tsp of an oil or oil blend to face and neck.
In massaging the neck, titlt head backwards and contract the neck muscles. As you massage with upward strokes push with your fingertips against your tautened neck firmly enough to feel the muscles uinderneath the skin. Keep the muscles contracted for about 30 seconds while you massge. Massage under the jawline using the same contracted muscle technique.
For those of you who just want to know how to get your promised fix, the overnight antioxidant botox, read on.
1) Apply L-ascorbic acid topically. For healing and photoaging protection nothing beats L-ascorbic acid, but taking supplements by mouth is not enough. To get large concentrations into the skin where it will do the most good (as far as your skin is concerned) you need to apply L-ascorbic acid topically.
2) Choose L-ascorbic acid rather than an esterified version. Ascorbic acid is the active compound, and studies indicate that neither magnesium ascorbyl phosphate nor ascorbyl-6-palmitate topically applied appreciably changed skin levels of L-ascorbic acid.
3) Vitamin C oxidizes readily in light or liquid, so avoid serums and creams that may contain oxidized Vitamin C. Oxidized vitamin C is incapable of boosting collagen synthesis or scavenging free radicals, and indeed, may even act as an oxidant. Check out the color—if the serum is yellow, orange or brown it may be doing you more harm than good.
4) Only highly concentrated preparations (10% or more) deliver enough vitamin C to the cells to be topically effective, so be sure you are using enough.
5) Combine Vitamin E with your Vitamin C treatment.
Vitamin E is the major antioxidant of the stratum corneum, and works to protect lipid membranes. Because it is oil-soluble it is readily absorbed when applied topically. Combining C and E gives you a feedback loop that sustains your anti-oxidant protection.
Overnight Botox at Home
The following is a simple delivery system you can use at home. It takes into account all the factors that are necessary to optimize the rejuvenating effects of Vitamin C and E.
At night, apply a Vitamin E rich oil like avocado oil, or an oil blend that contains Vitamin E, or you may apply Vitamin E oil directly. Blends are best, because Omega-3-6 essential fatty acids are also an excellent supplement for the skin. Choose an oil blend containing mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E). Massage into the skin prior to applying Vitamin C.
Powdered L-ascorbic acid is the one you want. Dissolve 1/16 of a teaspoon in green tea, then pat it on your face. Or dissolve it in your night serum or moisturizer if you use one. Just make sure you use it fresh each time, and keep the rest of your supply dry and out of the light.
Our Topical Supplements
We have two supplements
and Skin Lightening
each contains equal amounts of L-ascorbic acid in powder form. In addition, each one contains a mixture of ingredients specific to the condition being treated
. The doses are pre-measured so all you need to do is add the contents of one capsule to your serum (Anti-Wrinkle
, Skin Lightening
, Moisture Serum
) at night (many people find that using one-half the capsule is sufficient). It may feel a bit gritty, but rest assured that once it is on your skin it is penetrating and working its magic.
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I heard Dr. Christine Northrup, my new hero, on the radio the other day give the pithiest and soundest advice I have heard since Emil Coue’s advice to say 15 times daily: “Every day in every way I am getting better and better.” I will paraphrase Dr. Northrup as I don’t remember her exact words, but the gist of it was that you look in the mirror and you say: “I accept you, as you are right now, unconditionally.”
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The New York Times recently featured an article
, Bosom Buddies, about neck and décolletage creams designed to help smooth out age-revealing lines and wrinkles
. The sad truth is, neck and décolletage are the first places to start showing age. There are a few different reasons for this, but let’s take a look at the most obvious one first.