What Are The Best Anti-Ageing Supplements For Youthful Skin?
Our skin takes a battering over time from a combination of solar ultraviolet radiation, the dehydrating effects of wind, dirt clogged pores and a progressive decrease in collagen and elastin. No wonder the most visible sign of ageing is present in our skin, even in extremely healthy individuals. By the time we reach our mid-30s, most people already have less fat around their cheekbones, reduced skin tone and lines around the eyes, forehead and mouth.
Is there anything that can be done about this? While there is no way to turn back or even stop the clock, supplements can help maintain youthful looking skin well into advanced age. Here are a few we recommend:
Hyaluronic acid plays a vital role in the healing and regeneration of the skin. For every kilogram of bodyweight, a healthy individual has 4 to 7 g of hyaluronic acid, which is degraded and synthesised into new skin proteins on a daily basis. As we age our production of hyaluronic acid drops off, making less available to heal sun damage or replace dead skin cells. Hyaluronic acid is used in dermal fillers and in many face care creams, but it is inconclusive whether topical application has much lasting effect on the skin. It is more effective to increase the body’s supply of hyaluronic acid through oral supplements.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening Primrose oil is often sold as a fish oil substitute for vegetarians. This is true in so far as it contains a generous dose of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It is also a good natural source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a specific omega 6 compound that increases the suppleness of skin. GLA also regulates prostaglandins, a hormone beneficial to women undergoing the menopause. The oil content of Evening Primrose Oil also helps keep the skin moist, which is an advantage for people with naturally dry skin.
Omega 3, 6 & 9 Complex
GLA is not the only omega fatty acid with skin benefits. Omega 3 and 9 are also highly beneficial, alongside other omega 6 compounds. The body can’t manufacture omega fatty acids, so they must be ingested through the diet – especially fish and green veg – or supplements. Get your full hit of omega 3, 6 and 9 complex in one convenient capsule through our online store. Taking one capsule a day will set you up with the EPA and DHA you need to protect your skin throughout the day.
Coenzyme Q 10, or CoQ10, is a super antioxidant that increases the effect of other antioxidants, including vitamin C and selenium. The enzyme is easily synthesised by our bodies, so is not considered a vitamin in its own right. CoQ10 is synthesised first to ubiquinone and then to ubiquinol, which is the most active form. CoQ10 supplements are available in either ubiquinone or ubiquinol form. Ubiquinol is more expensive but requires a lower dose to achieve the same effect. CoQ10 benefits the skin in two ways. Firstly it combats the free radicals which cause harmful cell mutations. Secondly it strengthens the heart muscle, allowing improved blood flow to the skin and greater bioavailability of nutrients for cell regeneration.
Phytosomes are a family of plant based antioxidants that include reserveratrol, lycopene, carotenoids, glucosinolates, flavonoids, phytoestrogen and ellagic acid. They are abundant in nuts, pulses, grains and tea – especially green tea. As nutrients they repair damaged DNA and protect skin cells against toxins. They also protect skin from some of the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to sun and weather.
Our Greenselect Phytosome supplement is a high strength, caffeine free green tea extract formulated for improved bioavailability and efficiency. Click here to purchase a bottle of 60x 150 mg capsules.
Supplements For All Purposes
Many supplements that benefit general health are also good for sustaining youthful skin, and vice versa. Please browse our website to find out more about which supplements work together best for different purposes. For assistance please get in touch by calling 01765 603816.