Supplements For Beauty and Anti-Aging

Nowadays, there’s more to retaining and attaining a beautiful complexion than simply applying topical creams and lotions. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common to see more and more supplements touted as beauty products themselves, because of the effect they are said to have on the condition of the skin, hair or body.

Naturally, we know that our appearance on the outside is often affected by what goes on inside the body (in other words, what we put into our bodies is shown on the outside). The better we eat, the more exercise we get and the more hydrated we are, the better we look. It’s common sense, after all! However, scientists are discovering that there are ways we can supplement our diets even more effectively, giving us far more beautifying power than good old fashioned healthy eating.

For starters we’ve got vitamin and mineral supplements we can take for healthy skin and hair. These often contain various ingredients including (but not limited to) ascorbyl palmitate, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin E, grape seed extract, vitamin A (or beta carotene), vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Biotin, zinc, copper, manganese, cysteine, PABA, choline as well as natural silica from horsetail and other components naturally derived from herbal sources.

There are also supplements containing marine extracts, fish oil extracts and other naturally occurring substances which have been shown to have a positive effect on the skin and body. Many claim to have anti-aging properties, which makes them incredibly popular, especially among those who are starting to show signs of aging and who are desperate to reverse the effects!

The question is – do these supplements really give us more than we can give ourselves through good nutrition, plenty of water, exercise and adequate rest and relaxation? And, more to the point, can we take the risk that we don’t need these sorts of supplements in order to give us the best longevity and anti-aging possible? You see, that’s quite often the crux of it. Many of us (especially women) are desperate to retain our youthful looks and complexion. And why wouldn’t we be, when we’re constantly being bombarded by images of youthful beauty? When we see women in their late 40s (Madonna is an excellent example) who look barely into their thirties? Many of us believe in the adage of “prevention is better than cure”, so we do what we can to prevent old age before it begins to catch up with us.

I’ll be completely honest here, and tell you that I’m no different to anyone else in this! As a woman rapidly approaching my mid-thirties, I’m starting to see time catching up to me all too quickly! And this is why I, like so many others, are looking into doing everything I can to maintain my health and skin long into old age. The result? Not only am I becoming increasingly aware of what I eat, the amount of activity I get, and the external skin care products I use, I’m also becoming more aware of the other things I could be doing to preserve my health, which is why I’ve started purchasing supplements designed to help a) keep my skin healthy and b) maintain my skin’s youth.

There are plenty of resources online where you can discover more about beauty products and information. It’s never been easier to find supplements and beauty products to suit your own needs.

Fiona Shearer-Hann is the webmaster of several websites including Improve Your Life 101 and Complete Life Guide.

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