Even after a full night’s sleep, I still have dark circles under my eyes.
Q. Hello Terry, “Even after a full night’s sleep, I still have dark circles under my eyes. I eat healthy and exercise, but could a nutrient deficiency be causing this?” — Marisa O., Seattle, WA
A. Dear Marisa, Repeated exposure to sunlight, chemicals, and pathogens causes oxidative damage, which contributes to the breakdown of healthy skin cells. Over time, this free radical damage can begin to show up in the form of dark circles, uneven skin tone, and complexion issues. Aging causes the skin to become thinner and less elastic, and contributes to the breakdown of collagen, the foundation upon which healthy skin is built. Lifestyle factors like diet (you can review my diet here or watch my webinar) and unhealthy sleep patterns can also create inflammation, and prevent the skin from healing itself naturally.
I believe that using nutrients internally is the best way to create long-lasting results for healthier looking skin. When French melon SOD (superoxide dismutase), French grape seed, vitamin C, and zinc citrate are combined, they can make a drastic change in the appearance of your skin. In a clinical study using that combination, after 8 weeks, the majority of study participants saw a significant increase in their skin’s luminosity, radiance, and firmness. These four powerful nutrients were able to stimulate the skin’s rejuvenation process. I would take them once per day.
I also think that curcumin and boswellia are important for skin health. They are both very powerful anti-inflammatories, and we know that inflammation plays a role in many skin conditions. Clinically studied curcumin with turmeric essential oil containing turmerones has also been shown to dramatically improve inflammatory factors that play a role in skin radiance. Curcumin also improves collagen deposition, which is essential for healthy and youthful-looking skin. I would take these ingredients once per day.
Lastly, some lifestyle changes to consider for improving skin health include: avoiding excessive exposure to sun and wind, eating a healthy diet full of anti-inflammatory foods, managing stress, not smoking, and using safe and gentle skincare products.
Terry . . . Naturally