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Healthy Youthful Skin

Ultraviolet sunlight
damages skin, and natural compounds like zeaxanthin, the bright yellow antioxidant
carotenoid that protects the eye, also protects the skin. In this study, 31
older women took a placebo or a supplement containing zeaxanthin, buckthorn
fruit oil, wheat ceramides, alpha lipoic acid, green tea, red clover leaf, gotu
kola seed, Pycnogenol?, and vitamins C, D and E. A third group received the
supplement protocol plus applied an antioxidant skin cream with hyaluronic acid.
The placebo group did not change, but the active groups had more hydrated skin
at two weeks, fewer fine lines at four weeks, and less-severe wrinkles at 12
weeks, with plumper, smoother skin.

Reference: Journal of
Cosmetic Dermatology; June, 2016, Published Online



This is interesting. There
are so many skin healthy ingredients in this protocol, how could there be any
other outcome. I think it’s important to remember that therapeutic results are
better achieved when natural compounds are given in combination, creating a
synergistic effect. To maintain healthy, young looking skin it makes sense to
choose supplements that protect against oxidative stress, aging, inflammation,
overexposure to sunlight light, and help promote collagen production. The
following is a brief description of the ingredients used in the study.
Carotenoids like zeaxanthin provide protection to the eyes and skin from
harmful ultraviolet radiation. Ceramides are natural components of the skin that
provide moisture and structure, and help maintain skin elasticity, reducing
wrinkles and prevent thinning of the skin. Lipoic acid is well known as an
antioxidant with an ability act in both fat and water soluble tissue. This
quality allows lipoic acid to be absorbed in many types of tissue, like the
skin, to prevent aging. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide widely distributed
in connective tissue and because of its unique capacity for retaining water;
its function in the body is to provide hydration and lubrication in the joints
and skin. Gotu kola, also called centella asiatica, is an herb often used for
circulation that may inhibit enzymes that break down collagen while
simultaneously increase the rate that collagen is synthesized. Any increase in
collagen synthesis will cause firmness and tightening of the skin. Vitamin D
helps maintain healthy skin by regulating epidermal cell growth. Supporting and
maintaining normal cell growth can help prevent skin from sagging and becoming
thin and dry. Try a combination of some or all of the listed products and see
if you get the same results. And don’t forget to use a topical cream like the
one used in the study. To help you find a cream, ask one of our pharmacists or
nutritionists to assist you.

Product Suggestions:

Collagen Hydra Protect with Ceramides by Reserveage
Product Code: 64938

Skin Restoring Ceramides Wheat by Life Extension
Product Code: 59613

Alpha Lipoic Acid 300 mg by Healthy Origins
Product Code: 59378

Centella Asiatica by Solaray
Product Code: 18660

Ultra Zeaxanthin 6 mg by Solaray
Product Code: 51421

Hyaluronic Acid 50 mg by Jarrow
Product Code: 45670

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