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Secrets for softer summer skin

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Summer Skincare Secrets

When you were young, you had a natural affinity for the sun. You loved its warmth on your skin. Most of us over 40 practically grew up outdoors.

But nowadays, everyone says to cover up from the sun. Douse yourself in sunscreen. Wear a hat. Cover all your skin.

What happened?

It’s not that the sun has become more dangerous. We’ve become less prepared.

School, jobs, television and computers… practically everything we do is indoors. So our skin just isn’t ready for a day in the sun.

You see, your skin contains natural protection from the sun. It’s a pigment called melanin. When you’re gradually exposed to more sun, melanocytes in your skin release more melanin, darkening your skin. In simple terms, you get a tan.

But spending most of your time indoors short-circuits this natural protection. It takes time for your skin to make melanin. Sudden, long exposure to the sun results in a sunburn. And that can cause serious skin damage.

Fortunately, you can help your skin recover. The first step is to moisturize.

When it comes to moisturizers, all-natural glycerin is one of my favorites. It rehydrates your skin… but it does a lot more besides.

Glycerin helps your skin maintain elasticity1 – one of the signs of youthful skin. It promotes faster skin healing, too.2

I also like that glycerin is both gentle and natural. It has none of the risks linked to many of the chemicals used in most skin-care products.

Aloe Vera is another gentle moisturizer that does double duty. Like glycerin, it promotes skin healing… but Aloe can produce dramatic results. In one review, researchers found using Aloe helped skin damage clear up faster – almost 9 days faster.3

Aloe Vera gel is particularly effective in soothing the effects of UV light – the same kind of light that causes sunburn.4

Then there’s the molecule your skin uses to moisturize. It’s called hyaluronic acid – or HA for short.

HA has the remarkable ability to draw moisture into your skin both from within your body and from without. Plus, like glycerin and Aloe Vera, it promotes faster healing.5

To promote smoother, healthier skin, try vitamin C.

Vitamin C is an essential ingredient of collagen, a major building block of your skin. It’s also a powerful antioxidant. Plus, it works overtime by restoring vitamin E’s antioxidant power, too.6

British researchers examined over 4,000 women, aged 40 – 74 years. They discovered that the women with the highest intakes of vitamin C also tended to have smoother, moister skin.7

Like vitamin C, CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant. It helps fights the free radicals that can make your skin look older.8 it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, too.9 CoQ10 even helps old skin cells act more like young cells again.

You see, your skin cells contain tiny “energy factories” called mitochondria. Mitochondria provide the energy your cells need to defend and repair themselves. But as skin cells age, the mitochondria start to shut down.

Applying CoQ10 to your skin has an amazing effect. Your mitochondria come to life again – functioning just as they did when they were young.10

So go ahead and enjoy the outdoors this summer. Just try not to overdo it. But if you do, now you know how to help keep your skin looking its best.

Stay Healthy,

Dr Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
Best Life Herbals

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5 King SR, et al. Beneficial actions of exogenous hyaluronic acid on wound healing. Surgery. 1991 Jan;109(1):76-84.

6 A. Bendich, et al. The antioxidant role of vitamin C. Advances in Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Volume 2, Issue 2, 1986, Pages 419-444.

7 Cosgrove MC, et al. Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 86, No. 4, 1225-1231, October 2007.

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10 Prahl S, et al. Aging skin is functionally anaerobic: importance of coenzyme Q10 for anti aging skin care. Biofactors. 2008;32(1-4):245-55.

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