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Three reasons causing your skin feels unhealthy:

Faulty diet
Lack of healthy blood
Inadequate cleansing


Refined foods like white flour, sugar and products made with them, tea, coffee, and soft drinks deplete energy, bring about wrinkles, unattractive skin and premature aging.

Diet plays an important role in maintaining the health of our skin. Diet should supply all the nutrients needed to build health, namely, protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids and all the essential vitamins and minerals. Such a diet will consist of liberal quantities of seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruits, supplemented by special protective foods like milk, vegetable oils, yogurt, honey and yeast. Nutrients play an important role in maintaining a healthy skin.
 

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Hi ya and welcome to the sight,Of course diet and the way you live is important but it take many people into their mid to late twentys to realise this, some people never do and never really care either! I must admit I do disagree with some of your comments i never ate good food growing up and my skin was always great however old age catches up with us all and using crap anti aging products that make your skin worse do not help either! However I do hope you find what your looking for through the sight!
 

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Hi IluvNY, I agree with your comment, maybe some people like you are gifted by god! but many don't know why their skin was too bad, they are using expensive Cosmetics and other anti aging products but they never ever care about their Diet. A little change in the diet makes best result compared to expensive Cosmetics.
 

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Water

Water should be taken in large quantities, from six to eight glasses a day. It gives the skin the necessary moisture and a dewy look. Water clears the system of all toxins and keeps the blood free from impurities. Water also protects the skin against pimples. In case of insufficient intake of water, the body will draw on all its water reservoirs, including those of the skin, resulting in dehydration of the skin.
 

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Proteins​


Skin is predominantly protein. Protein molecules are not absorbed through the epidermis into underlying tissues. So, you need to supply proteins through the foods you eat daily. A deficiency of proteins is indicated by the skin becoming slack and loose. Thus, adequate protein is necessary for healthy hair, skin, teeth and nails and for firm skin tissues.

Natural sources for Protein

Collagen-containing protein foods (help prevent and smooth out wrinkles)

  • Avocados
  • Brewer's yeast
  • Dried legumes
  • Nuts
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Whole grain cereals

Other protein foods (These help your body equalize the balance between new and dying cells.)

  • Fish
  • Meats
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Vegetable proteins
  • Pulses
  • Wheat germ
 

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Thanks for all the useful info though! I agree with you my closest friends who is only 27 has awful skin bad wrinkles etc but this is due to smoking and drinking too much but hey he is happy so all that matters really!
 

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The vast majority of skin aging is caused by ordinary daylight. It speeds up and is superimposed on natural intrinsic aging. Two estimates from different researchers of how much daily sunlight contributes to aging skin comes up repeatedly in the literature: 80% and 90%. Most researchers cite the 80% figure.

The other 20% is intrinsic aging (telomere shortening, DNA-damage, glycation, lipoatrophy etc). But photoaging and intrinsic aging overlap, they share some common signaling pathways. Both chronological aging and UV-exposure induce glycation for example. Collagen degradation is a vicious circle where damaged collagen cause even more inhibition of new collagen.

The longer you live = the more UV-exposure and damage in the form of sagging, wrinkling, coarse and discolored skin you will get.

But you can prevent 80-90% of visible skin aging by using sunscreen daily, 365 days a year (the highest UVB/UVA protection you can stand).

You are correct in that diet is also very, very important.
 

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Thanks Peri for reminding us how important it is to wear sunscreen!

I think that you are the resident expert on sunscreen!
 

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Vitamins​

Vitamin A / Beta Carotene

Vitamin A is essential for healthy hair and eyes. It is also important in the prevention and clearing of infections of the skin. Vitamin A counteracts dry skin, dandruff and wrinkle formation. It is needed for healthy blood circulation which gives a glow to the skin. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to eruptions or dry, coarse, wrinkled skin; dull and dry hair or dandruff; ridging or peeling fingernails; pimples or acne and visual fatigue.

Natural Sources of Vitamin A
Cod liver oil
Dairy products
Eggs
Carrots
Green leafy vegetables
Tomatoes
Papaya
Melon

Vitamin B Complex​


B vitamins are vital for clear, luminous skin, youthful looks and for delaying greying of hair. They are essential for healthy skin, hair, and eyes. Studies show that 40 percent of dermatitis sufferers lack B vitamins. B vitamins also counteract stress, which has adverse effects on one's appearance.

A deficiency of B complex vitamins can lead to:
Greasy hair
Dandruff
Dry skin
caly lips
Redness and irritation
Premature wrinkles
Poor hair growth
Grey hair
Inflamed fissures at the angles of the nose and mouth

Natural sources for Vitamin B Complex
Whole grain cereals, wheat
Pulses
Nuts
Green leafy vegetables
Molasses
Meat
Liver
Brewer's yeast

Vitamin C​


Vitamin C, in conjunction with protein, is necessary for the production of collagen-the glue that holds us and our skin together and circumvents sags or wrinkles. It regulates sebaceous glands to keep skin from drying out; helps prevent facial lines, wrinkles and spider veins; hair tangling or breaking.
Vitamin C is essential for the health of the hair, eyes and teeth, resistance to infection, healing of wounds and firm skin tissues.

Combined with bioflavinoids, vitamin C
Prevents the pigment clumping that the sun turns into age spots
Strengthens capillaries to avoid easy bruising or the tiny hemorrhages that become spider veins.
Helps the oil-secreting glands function property to keep the skin from drying out.
Prevents bleeding of the gums.

Natural sources for vitamin C
Green vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, green peppers, raw leafy greens, tomatoes
Fresh fruits, like lemon, orange and grapefruit, cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries
Potatoes
Black currants, blackberries, buckwheat, cherries, and grape are rich sources of flavonoids

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth, bones and nails as well as for the assimilation of calcium and phosphorus. It promotes healthy eyes, skin and teeth.

Deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to dental decay.

Natural Sources of Vitamin D
Rays of the sun
Milk
Beef liver
Salmon
Tuna
Butter
Sprouted seeds
Synthetic Vitamin D is manufactured from fish liver oils

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps form muscles and tissues to prevent wrinkles and premature aging of the skin. It helps prevent dry, dull skin, age spots, falling hair and dandruff. It improves circulation and healing of scars. Research has shown that large doses of vitamin E double healthy cell reproduction to slow the aging process and forestall premature wrinkling.

Caution: If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or an overactive thyroid, check with your physician before taking supplemental E.

Natural Sources of Vitamin E
Whole wheat bread
Whole grains
Wheat germ
Milk
Raw or spouted seeds
Asparagus
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Butter
Egg yolks
Leafy greens
Liver
Olives
Soybeans
Sunflower seeds
Nuts
Vegetable oils
 

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Fats and Oils​


The unsaturated fats in vegetable oils assist assimilation of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E; contribute to your own natural oils to give your skin a sheen, plump out fine lines, and create the fresh-faced look of youth. One or two tablespoons a day can be used as salad dressing or whizzed in the blender with milk, fruit, or vegetable drinks.

Natural sources of Fat
Butter
Vegetable oils
Nuts
 

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Wow Peri. You are going to be the last person on the face of the earth if you don't quit it!!!

I saw an article about "Ten Life Extension Drugs", but misplaced it. On it were phosphatidylserine for mental clarity and protection of the nerve sheath, and some others, most of which are Rx only in Europe but are OTC supplements here. Pretty strong stuff. I use the one I mentioned here, and it does seem to perk me up a bit without the speedy feeling I get from too much coffee. ALA-carnitine was on the list too.

I'm going to look into the 2 that you mentioned as well. As it is, I take a handful of supplements every am. I have to do it out of my husband's sight or he never fails to comment.




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Wow Peri. You are going to be the last person on the face of the earth if you don't quit it!!!

I saw an article about "Ten Life Extension Drugs", but misplaced it. On it were phosphatidylserine for mental clarity and protection of the nerve sheath, and some others, most of which are Rx only in Europe but are OTC supplements here. Pretty strong stuff. I use the one I mentioned here, and it does seem to perk me up a bit without the speedy feeling I get from too much coffee. ALA-carnitine was on the list too.

I'm going to look into the 2 that you mentioned as well. As it is, I take a handful of supplements every am. I have to do it out of my husband's sight or he never fails to comment.
I do take a lot of supps but there are people out there that put me to shame. You know the ones that breath bottled air and stuff.

Yes, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine are great also. I've taken them for a long time. Melatonin, fish oil, vit.d. vit k2, quality multi, whey protein. dhea, pregnenolone,
n-acetyl-cysteine, tmg, rhodiola, resveratrol, glucosamine, co-Q10, vinpocetine, creatine. Bodybuilding lifestyle. I'm sure I've missed a few. I'm just an internal and external experiment in the making.
 

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As it is, I take a handful of supplements every am. I have to do it out of my husband's sight or he never fails to comment.
Forget about DH, I'd be more worried about what George the cat thinks about this whole thing!
Or do you bribe him so that he doesn't squeel on you?
 

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Wow Peri! You put ME to shame, for sure! I do take a few of those, but have no clue what some of the others are....

Something that simplifies it for me and contains a whole lotta goodies is this:

VEGA Whole Food Meal Replacement Optimizer Features & Benefits | Sequel Naturals

It's vegan so doesn't contain lactose which bloats me. It has Maca which is an energy stimulant so I can't take it in the evening or I will be up all nite prowling the interwebs for more stuff I need....




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