Your skin weathers so much – wind, heat, cold, the sun’s rays, pollution – and using natural skincare that protects and nourishes your skin from the outside is one the first lines of defense you have. But nourishing your skin from the inside plays a vital role in regenerating your skin and protecting it from external elements, as well internal toxins and free radicals that can cause aging and damage. Protecting your skin from damage inside and out is the way to go if you want that youthful glow.

Here are some skin supplements that protect and beautify to build a radiant and youthful skin all the way from inside to out, by shielding your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, pollution and internal toxins.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a deluxe vitamin for skin health, preventing wrinkles by promoting healthy collagen and elastin and protecting from sun damage with its antioxidant activity. By keeping the structure of your skin healthy, it helps prevent water loss when skin is exposed to the sun, as well as UV damage, also helping to heal damage once it has occurred.

Vitamin C is especially effective at protecting the skin from overexposure to the sun when combined with vitamin E. Vitamin C is highly sensitive to heat, so you should try eat vitamin C rich foods such as dark leafy greens, peppers, guavas, broccoli, parsley, cilantro, citrus fruits and berries, raw.


 


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant found in the skin – vitamin E equals skin beauty. Our body secretes vitamin E out of our sebaceous glands out onto our skin and it plays an important role in protecting the skin surface as an antioxidant.

We store vitamin E in our fat cells and we need to make sure we have adequate amounts stored to keep our skin supplied. It helps prevent inflammation and damage from the sun and reduces the risks involved with sun and pollution exposure. It also plays a role in our gene expression and cell communication. Eat Vitamin E with plenty of fat as it is fat soluble. You get it in foods such as spinach, sunflower seeds, almonds, bell peppers, asparagus, collards, kale, broccoli, almonds, sesame seeds and avocado. Vitamin E works well with vitamin A at preventing some kinds of skin cancer.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is more like a hormone than a vitamin in that it acts as a chemical messenger that can activate responses in your body. Vitamin D can activate over 2000 genes in your body when it has been activated into the form of calcitriol through a complex set of changes it goes through, starting in your skin. As we age though, our skin’s ability to produce vitamin D reduces radically.

Vitamin D plays an important role in activating cell division in your skin, rejuvenating and strengthening it, and as your vitamin D production dwindles, your skin can become thinner and more fragile and vulnerable to damage, wrinkles and sagging. While your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun, excessive sun exposure causes sun damage – a bit of a conundrum! This is where supplementing with vitamin D can be a valuable aid to rejuvenating your skin.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is a powerful free-radical scavenger that helps to maintain healthy levels of collagen, the network of fibre that support your skin, by attaching to weak collagen and strengthening it, like a natural face lift.

Grape seed extract contains compounds such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs, which are powerful antioxidants with 20 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and 50 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C. Studies found that grape seed extract can protect skin from sun damage, pigment changes and cancer.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains many nutrients and substances that promote younger looking skin. It has been found that it can strengthen the skin and help reverse sun damage with special sterols that heal the skin and support collagen production.

                Silica

A silica deficiency can affect the production of skin tissue and collagen, as it has been shown to be involved in reactions that form collagen. A lack of silica can lead to a loss of elasticity and the formation of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are an important factor in protecting and supporting the skin. High levels of omega-3 fatty acids improve overall skin condition as well as inhibit inflammation in the skin caused by UV radiation and other irritants. Omega 3 fats are necessary, because without them your skin compensates by producing an irritating form of sebum that can cause inflammation and white and black heads. Omega fats are found in nuts and fish, and for vegans, seaweed, hempseeds and chia seeds.


 


Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that helps to regulate fatty acid metabolism. Fatty acids protect the skin from the environment, so biotin is important for keeping your skin protection functioning well. Insufficient biotin can cause itchy, dry, vulnerable skin, and even hair loss. Biotin is found in bananas, egg yolks, oats, bananas and rice and your body can manufacture some on its own too.

                       Milk Thistle

Skin cancer has been linked to the overactivity of an enzyme called tyrosine kinase, which can be caused by overexposure to the sun. Silymarin is a flavonoid antioxidant in milk thistle that provides powerful protection against enzymes that can cause skin tumours by maintaining normal enzyme activity.

It also prevents free radical damage throughout the body and removes toxins, helping to slow the aging process, affecting your skin too. It is able to help prevent sun damage, skin spots and pigmentation with its potent antioxidant activity and improve the appearance of existing skin damage.

Astaxanthin

There are naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids in some foods that hold powerful antioxidant properties. They are what give foods their vibrant colours all the way from green to reds, to yellows and oranges. There are hundreds of different carotenoids, but one in particular stands out when it comes to your skin protection. It’s been called sunblock that you can eat. It’s the natural sunblock that plants use to protect themselves from damage and it has a similar effect for you when you eat it and can reduce sun damage and signs of aging with extremely strong antioxidants.

You can get Astaxanthin in high quantities in micro algae’s such as chlorella and spirulina and also in the creatures that consume them such as salmon and shellfish. It’s what gives salmon the endurance to swim upstream and flamingos their pink colour! Studies have shown that it can dramatically improve skin when taken internally.


 


Green Tea

Green tea is high in flavanoids that when consumed, protect your skin and provide anti-inflammatory healing. Sunburn is essentially inflammation of the skin, so strong anti-inflammatory action helps to soothe and heal it. It contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol that is anti-carcinogenic for various cancers including skin cancer. There is evidence that the antioxidants in green tea do in fact influence the skin and provide it with anti-inflammatory healing while reducing UV sensitivity.

                         Co-enzyme Q10

Co-enzyme Q10 is an enzyme produced naturally in your body and is found in every cell and tissue. It helps you produce energy, neutralise free radicals, and keep your cells healthy. It can affect your skin’s youthfulness, because as you age, you produce less and less of it. It’s an important factor in creating skin collagen and elastin, the key components of firm skin. It’s also a strong antioxidant. Coenzyme Q10 has been found to be really useful for reducing the signs of skin aging, helping to firm it up and protect it.

 


Eating healthy, fresh foods, supplementing with some key nutrients and staying well hydrated can make all the difference to keeping your skin beautiful from the inside out.