Sunday, March 27, 2011

5 Supplements Good on Your Skin

According to the latest research, the following 5 supplements can actually make a difference in the way your skin looks:
  • Coenzyme Q10: Protects the skin from oxidative stress and helps give cells energy to repair themselves. It may also play a role in treating skin cancer. Be sure to take it in the morning, since it can be a stimulant, like caffeine.

  • Evening primrose oil: Has omega-6 fatty acid that helps your skin make ceramides to hold onto water more effectively. It also treat eczema.

  • Vitamin C: An antioxidant that helps body make more collagen, mostly available in creams and serums. It's much better absorbed when taken orally.

  • Polypodium leucotomos: (found in Heliocare pills). A fern extract that protects skin from UV damage. Take it on days when you'll be spending a lot of time outside. Good studies also show it decreases redness after sun exposure.

  • Fish or flaxseed oil: Has omega-3 fatty acids that strengthen the skin's barrier, which keeps moisture in and irritants out. They also help reduce inflammation and treat conditions like eczema.