I have many signs of premature aging on my face and I’m only in my early 40s!
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve lived in Florida my whole life and the constant sun exposure has really wreaked havoc on my skin. I have many signs of premature aging on my face and I’m only in my early 40s! What can I do to help my skin?” — Beth T., Naples, FL
A. Dear Beth, 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.
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. The blend of these four powerful nutrients was able to stimulate the skin’s rejuvenation process. I would take these ingredients on a daily basis.
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 every day.
Lastly, some lifestyle changes to consider for improving skin health include: limiting 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