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Softer, Younger–looking Skin — Even in Winter!

Softer, Younger–looking Skin — Even in Winter!

Unless you live in the tropics, winter is not your skin’s best friend. Cool dry air is the order of the day — even here in sunny Florida. And that’s a recipe for dry, cracked, and ancient–looking skin.

But you can fight back against harsh winter weather — and win. And the secrets are fairly simple.

Start by feeding your skin… from the inside out.

  • Be sure you get plenty of vitamin C in the winter. Vitamin C promotes production of collagen — one of the building blocks of healthy, young–looking skin.
  • Other antioxidants — such as vitamins A and E — support your body’s natural defenses against free radicals that break down skin cells.
  • Drink plenty of water to help your skin stay hydrated, too. Dry air sucks moisture out of your skin.

To fight dry skin from the outside, supplement water with Nature’s most powerful moisturizers. Aloe vera is one of the best. It supports greater skin moisture — even after just one application.

Aloe vera also promotes skin rebuilding and repair… helps soften and smooth rough, dry skin… and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.1

Glycerin is another powerful moisturizer that does “double duty.” It moisturizes while promoting skin repair. Glycerin is also particularly effective for smoothing and softening winter–damaged skin.2

Because winter weather is so hard on your skin, moisturize more often than you would in the summer. And don’t forget often–overlooked areas, like your knees and elbows.

Getting more moisture into your skin is great. But this time of year, you need more than just moisture. Your skin needs extra nourishment. And sometimes working from the outside is more effective.

One of your strongest allies in keeping your skin healthy and young looking is retinoic acid (RA). RA is formed from vitamin A and has a powerful effect on skin.

Topical RA helps stimulate production of collagen in your skin… and promotes smoother, less wrinkled–looking skin.
CoQ10 is best known for its heart–health benefits. But it has a powerful effect on skin, too.

As an antioxidant, CoQ10 fights the effects of free radicals triggered by overexposure to the sun. These free radicals damage skin cells — and even skin DNA — causing your skin to appear older. Studies show CoQ10 supports a smoothing effect on skin, causing lines and wrinkles to appear less severe.4

Topical resveratrol has a similar effect. Applied to your skin, it acts as an antioxidant, fighting the damage caused by exposure to too much sun.5 Don’t forget… you can get too much sun even in winter — especially where the snow cover reflects much of the sunlight back up onto your skin.

With just a little extra care, you can beat winter’s aging effects on your skin. For best results, moisturize and feed your skin twice a day… plus whenever you’ve spent time outside. If your indoor air is very dry, a humidifier may help, too.

Yours in continued good health,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

1 Surjushe, A., et al, “Aloe Vera: A Short Review,” Indian J Dermatol. 2008; 53(4): 163—166.
2 Fluhr, J.W., et al, “Glycerol and the skin: holistic approach to its origin and functions,” Br J Dermatol. Jul 2008; 159(1): 23–34.
3 Griffiths, C., et al, “Restoration of Collagen Formation in Photodamaged Human Skin by Tretinoin (Retinoic Acid),” NEJM. Aug 19, 1993; 329(8): 530–535.
4 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): 237–243.
5 Svobodová, A., et al, “Natural Phenolics in the Prevention of UV–Induced Skin Damage. A Review,” Biomed Papers. 2003; 147(2): 137—145.


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