Column: Turn back the clock on your skin
Commentary by Corey Black
Seeing the effects of aging in the mirror? We all know it’s something, like it or not, we can’t stop but there are healthy and natural ways we can slow and even reverse some of the effects of aging of our skin. Along with a healthy diet, protecting oneself from the sun’s rays, regular and restorative sleep and a few key supplements can help you fight the aging process.
To reverse the effects of aging, you need to slow the breakdown of collagen and promote skin cell growth and repair. Combating oxidative stress and free radicals will slow the damage to our skin cells.
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a fatty acid that is effective for promoting healthy skin growth. It is hard to come by in our diet, and some natural sources are primrose oil and borage oil and can be obtained in supplement form. This is a healthy type of Omega-6 fatty acid that actually reduces inflammation and also has heart health benefits as well.
Idebenone is a derivative of CoQ10 and is thought to have similar effects in that it stimulates the mitochondria of cells, reducing the rate of degradation and decline. This supports cellular health and reduces the degeneration that occurs with age.
And often overlooked, but one of the best supplements for skin health is vitamin C. This vitamin plays a key role in the production of collagen, the protein that gives your skin elasticity. It’s the loss of elasticity that leads to wrinkles. Ensuring you have sufficient levels of vitamin C can help in reversing the aging process.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps reverse the effects of the sun and our environment on the aging of our skin. It can also be applied topically to specifically target your skills cells and supporting skin health.
While you can’t stop the hands of time, it doesn’t mean you can’t put up a fight and look your best at any age.