The Hidden Cost of Smoother Skin
Almost everybody would like to look a little younger. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But how much would you pay to shave a few years off your appearance for a couple of months?
Would you be willing to give up feeling really good about yourself? Or feeling really good about anything?
Well, that may be exactly what smoothing out a few wrinkles has cost millions of people.
In a moment, I’ll show you better ways to keep your skin looking more youthful. But first, here’s how a new study says one popular wrinkle reducer can kill your good feelings.
Paralyze Your Face… and Your Feelings, Too
A toxin that causes paralysis doesn’t sound like a good choice for a beauty treatment. But millions of people gladly pay top-dollar for it. I’m talking about injections of the poison from Clostridium botulinum.
Until recently, most people connected C. botulinum to food poisoning – botulism. Now, doctors inject tiny amounts of its toxin into patients to paralyze their facial muscles. This paralysis forces the muscles to relax, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
But new research shows this paralysis may have another effect. It appears to inhibit your ability to feel strong emotions.1 According to researchers at New York’s Barnard College, this is because part of your emotional response is triggered by feedback to your brain. Here’s how it works:
Something makes you feel good. Part of your reaction is to “put on a happy face.” The happy facial expression sends positive feedback to your brain, and your happiness increases. The back and forth messages form a “loop” that keeps you feeling better longer.
Without this feedback, the loop is incomplete. So your positive emotions are less intense. In other words, you may smooth out the wrinkles a bit… but you may not feel as good about it as you expected.
Or as good about anything. At least, until the toxin wears off. (And your wrinkles come back.)
But younger-looking skin doesn’t have to cost you your good feelings. You can easily have both.
Healthy Secrets to Younger-Looking Skin
I’ve written to you about CoQ10 before. And it’s still one of my favorite skin nutrients – both inside and out. It lessens the appearance of wrinkles and nourishes your skin at the same time.2 Plus, it helps old skin cells act more like young cells again.3
Here are two other favorite nutrients for better-looking skin:
- Grape Seed Extract (GSE). Grape seeds are loaded with healthy phytochemicals (natural plant chemicals) that promote healthier skin. The antioxidants in grape seed extract have been measured up to 50 times more powerful than vitamin C. And that’s important for your skin’s health after sun exposure. Plus GSE promotes greater elasticity and flexibility in skin.4, 5
- Vitamin C doesn’t get enough credit as a skin nutrient. But it’s terrific. For one thing, it helps your body mop up the free radicals caused by too much sun. It’s also important for the formation of collagen – one of the main components of skin.6 And studies show that women with higher vitamin C intake tend to have a less wrinkled appearance.7
Unlike injections, nutrients aren’t just cosmetic. They promote healthy skin… injections don’t. They’re also far less expensive. And, of course, they won’t affect your ability to feel good about your smoother, younger-looking skin.
Dr. Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
Best Life Herbals
1 See http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docID=640238.
2 Inui M, et al. Mechanisms of inhibitory effects of CoQ10 on UVB-induced wrinkle formation in vitro and in vivo. Biofactors. 2008;32(1-4):237-43.
3 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.
4 Mantena SK and Katiyar SK. Grape seed proanthocyanidins inhibit UV-radiation-induced oxidative stress and activation of MAPK and NF-kappaB signaling in human epidermal keratinocytes. Free Radic Biol Med. 2006 May 1;40(9):1603-14. Epub 2006 Jan 26.
5 Shi J, et al. Polyphenolics in grape seeds-biochemistry and functionality. Journal of Medicinal Food. 2003 Winter;6(4):291-9.
6 See http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/.
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.