When you look at your skin, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Does it have a healthy glow? Is it wrinkled or blotchy or just plain dull? Is it a certain color?

Skin is the first thing you notice when you look at yourself and others, and it is also your body’s first line of defense from UV exposure, weather, germs and other harmful effects.

Your skin is the body’s largest organ and it’s responsible for removing waste from the body in the form of perspiration. Skin is a canvas, painted by each individual’s genetics, lifestyle choices and product use. Fortunately, with today’s advanced technology and scientific research, there are many ways to reverse the effects of aging and prevent future damage to the skin.

We have heard about antioxidants and how they neutralize free radicals, which set off a chain of events within the skin that damage skin cells and lead to visible aging. Your skin produce antioxidants on their own, at the same time, you absorb vitamins and nutrients through food intake and the application of topical products.

Here are a some of the ingredients that I recommend to combat certain areas in aging

Vitamin A
Powerful antioxidant, a well-known wrinkle eliminator. Vitamin A reduces fine lines in the skin and helps fade age spots. It can be consumed as a supplement, in the form of topical creams or through your diet. Liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, paprika, red pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, butternut squash, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe and dried apricot.

Vitamin C
Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin and strengthens skin’s barrier response, Reduce inflammation, Promote collagen production, Enhance effectiveness of peels and microdermabrasion, Lessen hyperpigmentation (at levels of 5% or greater), Boost the efficacy of sunscreen actives. Fruits and veggies (especially citrus and potatoes) are excellent natural sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin E
An important benefit of Vitamin E is that it helps slow the aging process and protects against pollutants including second-hand smoke. It heals and softens the scar. Vitamin E also improves how the body uses Vitamin A. You can get vitamin E through nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable oils (such as soybean, canola, and corn). It is also available in a variety of supplements and topical applications.

Vitamin K
Vitamin K helps with one common cause: the leaking of capillaries around the eyes, which results in the pooling and clotting of blood aka dark circles. Vitamin K can be consumed as a supplement, as part of a multi-vitamin, in the form of topical creams or (ideally) through your diet. Kale, lettuce, spinach and broccoli are all excellent sources of vitamin K, as are non-hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Niacin
One of the B vitamins (specifically B-3), has several anti-aging properties. One visible way it helps you as you age is by increasing your skin’s ability to retain moisture — an ability it loses over time.
Take as supplement.

Everyone, regardless of age, color or skin type, wants to see healthy, glowing skin looking back at them in the mirror. While vitamins aren’t going to stop you from aging, the right ones can help slow the process down, keep you healthy late into life, and keep you looking younger than your years.

My question for you today is… Which source of Vitamins do you take? Post your comments on our Facebook page. I would love to hear from you!