Beauty Skin Care

Keeping your body beautiful while it's under 'attack' from aging, stress and pollution - well, just the 21st century - can be difficult. Many beauty companies offer you the easy way out with make-up and skincare ranges containing myriad vitamins.

The idea that vitamins can be used to advantage on the surface of your skin was dismissed until quite recently, when it was proved that the fat-soluble vitamins - A and E and essential fatty acids - were rapidly absorbed through the skin's surface. This meant that they are of great benefit in treating exact areas of the body without being used up or converted into some other bodily function.

Rich in nutrients

Another way to revive your skin, hair and body is to feed them extra nutrients that are tailored to meet your everyday health needs. Skin in particular can be given more elasticity and moisture by being supplied vitamin C, E and B groups, in tablet or cream form. Vitamin C is essential for the production of the body's collagen, which makes up more than 40 per cent of your body's protein, and lends structural support to your cells.

Youthful looks and vitality are best maintained with vitamin E. Thanks to the high-fat diet we eat, few of us get enough of this rich supplement to maintain good health, let alone the antioxidant properties that fight ageing. A 'natural' supplement of vitamin E (usually derived from soya oil) is more 'active' and effective than one that is synthetically made, although most vitamins are used by the body in exactly the same way, regardless of their source. Fat-soluble vitamin A helps to maintain healthy teeth, vision, and smooth, silky skin. Do not take exceed a supplement dose of it, however, as it can build up in the body, become toxic and cause headaches. For a healthy glow, try Riboflavin or Vitamin B2. These help to release energy from food, aid the body's use of protein, carbohydrates and fats, and are important for body growth and red-cell production.

Essential amino acids

Our skin also needs minerals and amino acids -- the 22 building blocks from which proteins are made. Eight amino acids, such as lysine, are 'essential', because your body can't function without them, and are only obtainable through food. Others, often called non-essential aminos, are sometimes found to be deficient in our protein-rich Western diet or bodies, and can be added to our diet. One such non-essential amino is Na-PCA. Traditionally used in the most expensive of moisturizers, it's perhaps the skin's most important friend, and is said to literally pull water from the air to lubricate it. Now found more cheaply in most health-food stores, combined with the rich fatty acids of Evening Primrose Oil, it can be very effective in the battle against ageing.

Supplement it

If you have soft or brittle nails, look for a product or tablet that has vitamin B, minerals, trace elements (potassium, zinc and calcium, for example) and proteins. These will feed the area known as the nail root, which is about 7mm below the nail, and help them grow quicker and stronger. The amino-acid Cysteine, found in your hair and nails, is also important for improving the looks of both, and can be a little-known but invaluable supplement for the skin. Perhaps you are more familiar with Biotin, a water-soluble mineral that can also sustain healthy skin and hair.

Eye openers

If your eyes need some attention, look for a formulation containing herbal extracts of eyebright and alfalfa - the leaves of this 'legume' contain eight enzymes (organic substances that set off essential chemical changes in your body, allowing you to digest protein, for example), as well as vitamins A, K, B6, E and D. These will strengthen the eye, and help to prevent drying of tear ducts that can cause redness and eye strain. Vitamin D in particular helps the body make the best use of calcium and phosphorous it gets from food such as tuna and egg yolk. This balances your blood calcium levels and keeps your nerves and muscles functioning normally. Fat-soluble vitamin D is also stored in the body, so too much of it can build up and be damaging, causing a poor appetite or depression. Do not prolong intakes of more than about 200IU a day. Vitamin A, as mentioned earlier, promotes better vision by generating the pigments that are necessary for our retinas, especially in low light. Which is why you were force-fed vitamin-A-rich carrots for 'vital night vision' at a young age.


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Posted by ASHRAF on Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
i want a glowing face.
and without any marks
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