For many of us, an annoying zit is just the beginning of our skin woes. With age comes fine lines and wrinkles, dark under eye circles, and dull lackluster complexions. The pursuit of perfect skin is ongoing, and it takes everything from meds to creams, serums and facials to achieve it. So, what's the next thing you can do to help your skin reach your desired level of perfection? Try the natural way.
Natural health products help us provide our bodies with the vitamins and nutrients they need to be as healthy as possible, and look as healthy as possible. That's why we're giving you the supplements to add to your diet to target your most troubling beauty concerns and help you achieve the best skin, hair and nails!
To brighten and even out your skin tone
To brighten up your skin, incorporate foods that are rich in antioxidants into your diet. Think dark leafy greens, blueberries, blackberries, and even dark chocolate. Antioxidants help to reduce and repair damage to skin cells and therefore can even out skin tone, minimize scars and wrinkles and reduce dark spots.
To prevent breakouts
It helps to understand the cause of your breakouts so you can treat them correctly. If your blemishes are driven by oily skin, load up on vitamin A, found in carrots and strawberries, which can reduce sebum production in skin. If your blemishes are a result of a hormone imbalance try spearmint tea or capsules or a high dose of omega 3 oils.
To minimize under-eye circles
The most common nutritional cause of under-eye circles is iron deficiency. Increasing iron-rich sources in your diet or adding an iron supplement can help with this issue.
To repair skin damage caused by the sun
Incorporate vitamin E (found in almonds and dark leafy greens) into your diet, as it can help protect sun-induced damage to the cells responsible for producing collagen and elastin. Vitamins D, C, E and beta-carotene can also counteract oxidative damage to skin cells and DNA caused by sun exposure.
To nourish your hair and nails
Hair and nails are non-essential tissues, meaning that if vitamin levels in the body are low, they will be used first by other "essential" tissues, such as the heart and brain. When vitamin levels are low and used by other essential parts of your body, it can result in hair loss or nails becoming thin and brittle. For healthy hair growth, incorporate vitamins B, D and zinc into your diet, and for both hair and nail growth, omega 3 oils.