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Great skin is dependent on a number of variables, some of which you can control and others that you can't. Your genes to some extent, will dictate the type of skin you have including such things as pore size, dryness and of course, coloring.  Other variables including the amount of unprotected sun exposure you've experienced, pollution and lifestyle habits will also play their part.  

When it comes to diet, how important is what you eat to the state of your skin?

Most skin care specialists will agree that that a host of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients are necessary for healthy skin. These essential nutrients will help to:  

Maintain the integrity of collagen (the skin’s supporting structure)
Reduce inflammation which ultimately leads to skin damage
Fight free radicals
Provide the building blocks for healthy skin, hair and nails

Though eating a well balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, proteins and essential fatty acids will get you a long way towards achieving great, youthful looking skin, it’s sometime difficult to get all the nutrients that we require on a daily basis.

In particular, the following nutrients have been shown clinically to benefit skin:

Vitamin C - this powerhouse vitamin protects against free radical damage, fights inflammation and participates in collagen production
Vitamin E - an antioxidant which fights against free radicals
Thiamine - a B vitamin that is important in ensuring normal cellular function in the skin
Zinc - stimulates normal skin cell growth
Selenium - critical in the production of glutatione, which is a free radical fighter
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) - necessary to maintain cell structure and function which helps to prevent moisture loss; helps cells utilize nutrients and prevents toxins from entering the cells. Studies have shown that EFAs can help combat itching, eczema and skin dryness as well as alleviate cracked and broken nails.

Do you need to supplement?

Though most of us try to eat a balanced diet each day, it isn't always possible. A well formulated supplement will go a long way towards filling the gap for when you're not eating well. Think of it as insurance, protecting not only your long and short term health, but also laying the foundation for good skin.  

A good supplement means more than a drugstore brand multi-vitamin which often doesn't carry enough of the nutrients to promote optimal wellness. Because so many of my clients in my wellness consulting practice at [Link Removed] Each container holds a one month supply of nutrients essential to wellness, conveniently packaged in daily pouches. You'll find:

A multi vitamin/mineral complex to provide essential vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients
Essential fatty acids often lacking in our diets today
Calcium/magnesium/vitamin d to promote strong bones
Vitamin c plus bioflavonoids for potent antioxidant activity

It’s the same supplement that I take daily to maintain optimal health and promote radiant skin.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online health and beauty store at [Link Removed] 


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