True Beauty Starts on the Inside
How many times over the years have you heard that true beauty is more than skin deep? How many times have you heard your mother say that beauty starts from the inside? Those comments are truer than many realize.
Many anti-aging products do not go on your skin at all, they go inside of your body. Green tea for instance is a healthy beverage that has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and helps prevent aging from the inside out.
Green tea is high in polyphenols, natural antioxidants that help prevent brain cells from dying, fights some forms of cancer (such as skin cancer) and destroys the free radicals that dull and age skin. It can also help regulate blood sugar levels and influence insulin activity naturally. All of these things help keep your body and organs healthy from the inside out.
Retin-A is a derivative of vitamin A that can help speed up skin cell turnover which in turn has anti-aging benefits. Retin-A is a prescription medication, but has a milder, over the counter version available at most pharmacies. Any time you want to use a prescription medication as an anti-aging product you should discuss it with your physician or dermatologist.
One of the absolute best anti-aging products you can put into your body is water. Pure, fresh water! Hydration is key to healthy skin and healthy organs. When we are born nearly 75 percent of our body mass is water. That number decreases as we age. In some adults it can be as low as 45 percent.
You can sometimes literally look at a person and know that they are dehydrated. Their skin is dull, thin and often splotchy looking. Skin needs water to not only stay healthy but to give it its elasticity, plumpness (no not fat), and that healthy glow we tend to spend so much money trying to achieve.
Caffeine, carbonated drinks, chocolate, alcohol and tobacco are all very harsh on the skin. The body has to work very hard to break down these chemicals once they are in your body. Those chemicals actually expel the body partially through sweat pores and glands. Not only can this leave odors that you don’t want following you around, but they can damage the skin cells and its appearance as it exits the body.
Certain fresh fruits and vegetables are great for improving the appearance of your skin as well as the overall health of your body. Food products that are high in Vitamin’s C, B12, A and E are fabulous natural anti-aging products. Vitamin C of course is a wonderful anti-oxidant. It helps you fight off infection and illnesses that we unknowingly come in contact with quite regularly, such as the common cold or flu.
Vitamin B12, A and E are frequently found ingredients in many anti-aging products. Taking any of them as a daily supplement will definitely help you stay healthy and beautiful from the inside out!