Younger Looking Skin

Mickie From Florida Writes:

I have been doing my best to take care of my skin. I am 41 and now starting to see some signs of aging. What can I do to keep my skin healthier and reduce many of the wrinkles that I am seeing?

Dear Mickie,

Most dermatologists agree that our skin health begins at an early age. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you think you haven’t taken care of your skin. Much of the damage may have already occurred, however, what you do each and every day from now on is what counts. Although we do have to be concerned about what we do to protect our skin on the outside, we also must focus on keeping the skin healthy on the inside. The main focus to keep your skin looking younger is on balancing the outer protection and the internal nutritional environment. Some of the top keys noted by the research to keep your skin looking vibrant are:

1. Wear Sunscreen
This may be the obvious. Wearing sunscreen of 30 SPF every day is important to keep your skin looking healthier and younger. We may not be able to change the past, but we can make better choices today. Look for all-natural and organic versions.

2. Incorporate Astaxanthin
This is a super antioxidant. Recent studies have shown that astaxanthin at around 8 mg may have protective benefits for the skin. Especially for fair-skinned people the protection against the harmful UV-B rays are increased. Check your local health food store.

3. Think Vitamin A
Vitamin A has been used as a skin rejuvenator for years. Think about the flagship skin cream Retina-A. Skin is healthy from the inside out. Vitamin A is found in many of the orange-red vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and red peppers. You can use the cream from your dermatologist to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Consider A Mask
The masks that you see people use are very effective. Natural masks that contain cucumber and raw honey are excellent for exfoliation and rejuvenation of the skin.

5. Vitamin C
It is ultimate rebuilder of collagen. Not only is Vitamin C great at building the immune system, it is also great at building the skin integrity and overall tone. 

6. Fish Oil
My favorite is cod liver oil. The reason is that in addition to the essential omega 3 fatty acids, it is loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin D. The skin is the largest organ that we have and the essential fatty acids are vital to the radiant glow that we are looking for.

7. Vitamin D
Here is the controversy. You get Vitamin D from being in the sun, but we need to protect our skin, right? Yes and yes. It is healthy to be in the sun for about 30 minutes a day. That will help you get your needed vitamin D for the day. Otherwise, you should protect your skin as directed. Foods contain Vitamin D that keeps our skin healthy such as nuts, seeds, fish, and mushrooms. Consider getting a blood test done every 6 months to check your Vitamin D levels.