Do you look in the mirror and wonder where some of those wrinkles came from? Does your skin not look as healthy as you think it should?

Our skin can be a key indicator of poor health and nutrition. Adequate amounts of protein and vitamins are vital to having healthy skin. Also important is how you care for your skin and the products you use.

These questions will help you to identify factors that may affect the “age” of your skin. (Just answer yes or no.)

  • Are you outdoors at least one hour every day?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have trouble getting enough sleep?
  • Are you under a lot of daily stress?
  • Do you eat fast-foods and fried foods more than once a week?
  • Do you wash your face with “soap” and/or do not use moisturizer?

If you answered yes to these, you may want to reconsider how you are taking care of your skin and your diet.

The good news is that research shows that there are nutrients that will prevent and reverse many signs of skin aging.

Protein is the foundation for building and maintaining healthy cells and tissues. A complete protein contains all 8 essential amino acids.

Vitamins and minerals work along with protein to help with creating healthy cells and when applied externally will also “feed” the skin.

Here are some specific vitamins that help with your skin:

Vitamin A – (also known as retinoids) is known for helping to reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughness.

Vitamin C– works with protein to produce “collagen” which is the ingredient that helps to connect your cells (thus reduce wrinkles.) Smoking affects your vitamin C level in your body and thus smokers usually have more wrinkles.

Vitamin E –  is an effective antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in your body (caused by smoking, pollution and sun exposure.) Vitamin E can help  to regenerate new skin cells, lighten brown spots or scars, aids in cancer prevention, and moisturize dry skin.

So how do you get all these nutrients “inside” you and “on” your skin? Eating a balanced diet is not always possible

Protein sources are meat, eggs and nuts. Soy or whey is a good source of a complete protein. Try a protein shake for breakfast or snack.

Eating raw fruits and vegetables every day is important to get all your vitamins. Because of our hectic lifestyles and poor food sources, we may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals we need. Stress also increases our need for certain vitamins. Most people agree that they need to take a multi-vitamin supplement.

A daily routine of cleansing and moisturizing your skin is important! Use one that includes a safe sunblock. Regular soap may be too drying and can actually damage your skin.

We have also been made aware lately that not all foods, vitamin supplements, or skin care products on the market are healthy for us! They may be genetically modified, made from inferior ingredients, or contain chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Investigate your products  and companies – read the labels and do some research on the company.

I personally have found that Shaklee Corporation is the best on the market! Their products are always safe, always works, and are always “green.” Their products are non-gmo, gluten free, and low glycemic, and “beyond organic.”  The Landmark Study found that long-term users had significantly better health and “biomarkers” than those who took other supplements or just ate healthy. Their Youth anti-aging skin care products showed that 100% of those who participated in the clinical tests improved their skin and 75% improved their skin by 10 years! These are definitely worth giving a try – Shaklee even has a money back guarantee.  You will love the way you feel and the way your skin looks! Check it out:  Shaklee