Cell renewal is an important element in keeping your skin glowing. When the rate at which cells are used and renewed slows down, the result is older-looking skin, typically caused by inflammation or environmental stress. While aging also plays a part in slowing down your cell turnover, there are some things you can do to keep those skin cells happy and healthy. Here are a few places to start:
Look for powerful ingredients
Because skin cell renewal is slowed with free radical and sun damage, vitamin C can be a strong ally to your cells. When applied to the skin, it can help fend off damage. In addition, alpha lipoic acid may also help protect the cells from inflammation. Retinoid is another powerful ingredient, and at prescription strength, can increase cell turnover and, after a few month’s use, can even help to clear age spots caused by sun damage.
Make better food choices
What you eat directly affects the livelihood of your cells. Sugar will boost inflammation’s damaging effects, but eating good fats and oils, like tuna, salmon, soybeans, tofu, olive oil and avocado, help regulate cell metabolism, boost cellular repair and suppress inflammation.
Take smart supplements
Vitamin E helps to prevent oxidative damage and protects cell membranes, which makes it an essential vitamin to include. Vitamins A, C, K and B are also vital to repairing, protecting and renewing skin cells. A good multivitamin with a variety of nutrients can be a good way to hit all the bases. See this video interview with celebrity nutritionist Oz Garcia for ideas on how to find the best multivitamin to beautify your skin.
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