12 Supplements and Oils for Vibrant, Healthy Skin
According to MarketResearch.com, the skin-care market in the US alone is expected to reach nearly $11 billion in 2018. And while older consumers make up the majority of skin-care industry sales, demand for these products is growing among younger consumers. Another factor that’s driving growth is the trend towards natural and organic products, especially in the anti-aging category.1
Though lotions and cremes are the most popular anti-aging skin-care products, essential oils, vitamins, and even mineral supplements are being used more and more in the quest to achieve youthful, glowing skin. And in fact, lotions and cremes for healthy skin are now more likely to include these natural substances as well. So what are some of the best natural substances for wrinkles and other issues associated with aging skin? Let’s take a brief look at 12 vitamins, minerals, and essential oils that may help you and others find their fountain of youth.
A critical vitamin for blood coagulation in the body, vitamin K can also have a profound effect on the skin. Taking a supplement or eating foods that contain vitamin K such as cabbage, spinach, and other greens may help with certain skin conditions, including dark spots and those annoying circles under your eyes.
Vitamin D is produced when your skin absorbs sunlight, but you can also get it from supplements and certain foods like salmon and cod. A key component of healthy skin, this vitamin helps your body produce healthy cells, which can lead to more vibrant skin. To increase your vitamin D intake naturally, Healthline also recommends getting sun exposure for 10 minutes a day, although you may want to check with your doctor first.2
Lemongrass is often used as a natural bug repellent, but did you know it can also tone your skin and give it a healthy glow? A source of minerals and A, B, and C vitamins, lemongrass is known for its ability to strengthen, heal, and cleanse the skin.
If you have dry or oily skin, you may want to give clary sage a try. This essential oil regulates the skin’s oil production and has anti-aging properties. In addition to soothing the skin, it can also ease tension, which is a factor that can negatively impact skin health.
Certain minerals also effect the health and appearance of the skin. One such mineral is a powerful antioxidant called selenium. Low levels of selenium have been linked to acne. An article from the Healthy Home Economist states that when combined with vitamin E, selenium may help reduce acne.3 Food sources of selenium include fish and organ meats.
Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E assists in protecting the skin against sun damage. As a common source of dark spots and wrinkles is sun exposure, getting enough of this vitamin is critical to your skin health. Due to it’s protective properties, vitamin E is found in many skin-care products, but you can also get the needed amounts from a supplement or foods such as almonds and sunflower seeds.
Similar in structure to a vitamin, coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, exists in every cell in your body. In addition to having antioxidant properties, CoQ10 assists your body in producing energy for cell growth and maintenance. In a 2008 Japanese trial, those who took Co Q10 reported reduced wrinkle area, depth, and volume after only 2 weeks.4
Like selenium, low levels of zinc in the body have been linked to acne as well. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is often used in oxide form to help prevent acne breakouts and reduce scarring from acne. In addition to helping reduce acne, zinc also assists with repairing damaged skin and protecting from UV radiation. Keep in mind, however, that too much zinc can be toxic to the body.
As one of the most widely consumed and beneficial vitamins, it’s really no surprise that vitamin C is also good for the skin in addition to its many other benefits. Found in many anti-aging products, vitamin C helps produce collagen to keep your skin healthy and assists in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. Vitamin C is found in citrus foods and many other plant-based sources.
Dealing with acne, cracked skin, eczema, or rosacea? Chamomile may provide the relief you’re looking for. In one particular trial, chamomile ointment applied after a sodium lauryl sulfate solution was successful at reducing dermatitis symptoms.5
One of the lesser-known beneficial skin supplements, polypodium leucotomos extract, or PLE, is derived from a tropical plant. This extract has been used to treat skin issues for hundreds of years, and taking a 500 mg dose before sun exposure can provide protection from UV rays.
If you are experiencing scaly skin, you may ironically want to turn to a supplement derived from fish for help. Omega-3 fatty acids are said to reduce scaly and dry skin by keeping it hydrated. Omega-3 can also protect your skin from UV-ray damage that leads to premature aging. It may also help with rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.
A holistic approach to healthy skin
Other beneficial natural substances for skin that didn’t make our list include sulphur, geranium, vitamin b3, ylang ylang, and frankincense. With these and the thousands of other skin-care products available, it can be hard to know which ones are optimal for you specifically. With ZYTO biocommunication technology, you can scan for these and many other substances, foods, and products related to skin health for which your body shows a preference, or what we call biological coherence.
Of course, it’s important to remember that lifestyle factors such as amount of time spent in the sun, smoking, stress, and diet can also contribute to the overall health and appearance of your skin. By approaching skin care from a holistic view, you have a better chance of keeping those wrinkles away and maintaining a youthful appearance.
1. Zacrep, Kathleen. “U.S. Skin Care Market to Reach $10,717.4 Million by 2018.” MarketResearch.com.
2. “The 4 Best Vitamins for Your Skin.” Healthline.com
3. Hernandez, Carla. “3 Minerals Your Skin Is Craving.” The Healthy Home Economist. Thehealthyhomeeconomist.com.
4. Inui, M., Fujii, K., Ichihachi, M., Matsunaka, H., Ooe, M., & M. Yoshida. “Mechanisms of inhibitory effects of CoQ10…” Biofactors 32 (2008): 237-243.
5. Brown, D.J. and A.M. Dattner. “Phytotherapeutic Approaches to Common Dermatoglic Conditions.” Arch Dermatol 134 (1998): 1401-1404.