“Supplements are meant to do exactly what they say; they work to supplement your diet. Regardless of how healthy you eat, it is difficult for most people to get the amount of nutrients needed to look and feel their best,” says world-renowned skincare expert, Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD. He adds, ”topical skincare products are essential for the 20% of your skin on the surface, the other 80% of your skin can benefit greatly by what you eat and drink, including your dietary supplements.”
If you could have healthier skin, look more beautiful, feel more energized and even drop a few pounds simply by sipping a drink or swallowing a pill, why wouldn’t you? The latest nutraceuticals vow to do just that.
Hum Nutrition is a customized vitamin service. You begin by taking a 3 minute lifestyle quiz that takes into account everything from your current diet and exercise regimen to the air quality in your zip code and even your social habits. It gets evaluated by a registered dietician and your dietary needs are pinpointed and vitamins recommended. I like Hum’s Runway Ready ($35 for a 30-day supply), a skin, hair, and nail support formula that helps achieve glowing skin, shiny hair, and strong nails. It contains fatty acids to help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and even maintain your reproductive system, plus vitamin E and high potency biotin.
THE AGE REWINDER
Murad Youth Builder Dietary Supplement ($49.50 for a 30-day supply) boosts skin from the inside out. This best-seller for aging skin is formulated with glucosamine, amino acid complex, and vitamin A to boost collagen production, support connective tissue, and stimulate healthy cell renewal.
THE FIGURE FIXER
Zantrex SkinnyStix ($29.99 for 21 stix) is the perfect pre-party appetizer to keep you from overindulging. This heavily researched, clinically validated, mood-elevating, delicious tasting powder is what got Jenny McCarthy into her most recent wedding gown and keeps her at her fighting weight. Simply mix the contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 ounces of water and drink it 15 minutes before your main meals. Methylxanthines increase energy, alertness, and mood while it helps improve your weight-loss efforts.
THE SKIN SAVER
Sparkle Collagen Peptide Supplement ($38.50 for a 30-day supply) reduces wrinkles, improves elasticity, boosts collagen, and adds luminosity thanks to special collagen peptides, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. Add it to water, a smoothie, or tea for a drink that’s more like a treat.
THE HEALTH HELPER
Youth Infusion ($34.95 for a 30-day supply) provides over 35 key ingredients known to support heart health, anti-aging, and a healthy immune system. Vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, B6, B12), minerals, and CoQ10 help round out the formula.
THE SUN SHIELD
Heliocare ($29.99 for a 30-day supply) helps your skin protect itself against year-round sun-related aging. This natural, antioxidant oral supplement works from within as added insurance (when used with your topical sun protection) against damaging, aging UVA and UVB rays. It fights free radicals so your skin stays younger-looking and healthy.
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Every dermatologist I’ve ever met swears by retinol (right after sunscreen) as the must-have anti-ager in any beauty regimen, regardless of age, skin type or complexion. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, has been proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, boost collagen, and speed cell turnover to even out discolorations and smooth skin. It also helps eliminate bacteria to diminish and prevent acne, promote elasticity, and protect skin cells. With repeated use, your skin will look smoother, plumper, younger!
When you’re using any retinoid (prescription or over-the-counter) you need to know that possible side effects are dryness, redness, and flaking. To gain its many benefits without heading into irritation territory, start out slowly to build up a tolerance to the product — begin by using it once or twice a week. After two or more weeks make that every third night, and when your skin is accustomed to that, you can use it every other night, followed by every night.
You’ll also benefit from these other tips:
- Begin with a lower percentage retinol cream and work your way up to stronger creams as your skin gets used to it.
- Because it can cause redness and the product can degrade in sunlight, only apply in the evening, before bedtime.
- After applying, give your product a few minutes to absorb and then top it with moisturizer.
- Retinol is very sensitive to light and air. Keep your cream in a cool, dark place.
- When using retinol use sun protection of at least SPF 30 every day to help you get and maintain good results.
- Retinol products should not be used by pregnant women, or women who intend to become pregnant in the near future.
You don’t need a prescription level product (like Retin-A) to reap the benefits of this anti-ager. Over-the-counter products will give you great results too and can be far less irritating.
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SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream ($57) is clinically proven to stimulate the skin’s collagen production and can thicken aged, thinned skin. It’s also formulated with bisabolol, a soothing anti-irritant to calm the skin and prevent irritation.
Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($55) combines a high percentage retinol with potent antioxidants and anti-irritants, so use only a pea size amount every third day or less to start. Its light, silky texture absorbs quickly and goes to work immediately to refine pore size, reduce deep wrinkles, fine lines, and brown spots.
ZO Medical Brightenex 1.0% Retinol ($115) rapidly brightens skin with micro-encapsulated retinol, plant antioxidants, and enzymes. You can expect it to work fast, greatly diminishing age spots and preventing the formation of new ones.
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask (4 masks for $63) allows you a rich infusion of retinol, chlorella, and hydroxyproline to restore your complexion. You’ll experience a noticeable improvement in wrinkles, radiance, and hydration after just one use.
Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles ($65) has a precision tip so you can apply it directly to deep creases. Besides retinol, it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and ceramide-3 to soften and smooth on contact.
RoC RETINOL Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22.99) glides on easily and absorbs quickly. You’ll notice renewed radiance in 4 weeks, a reduction in crow’s feet and hyperpigmentation in 8 weeks, and visibly reduced deep wrinkles in 12 weeks.
What’s your favorite dish on the Thanksgiving table? Mine is definitely the cranberry sauce. A family tradition since I was little, I make mine with chopped walnuts, crushed pineapple and little else. This sweet-tart side dish absolutely elevates everything else on my plate — I love it so much I even top my sliced turkey with it instead of adding gravy!
Cranberries are known as a “Superfruit” because they are highly antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, contain phytochemicals, essential fatty acids, and are loaded with fiber and vitamins, too. When consumed, cranberries can lower your risk of urinary tract infections, help prevent certain types of cancer, decrease blood pressure, improve your immune system, and more. Applied topically, you can expect your skin to look younger and more even-toned plus it can diminish acne, fight dandruff, and even calm skin irritation. With all these beauty benefits it’s no surprise that beauty brands incorporate cranberries into their products.
Here, 5 cranberry-dosed products that work wonders:
Korres Beauty Shots Cranberry Instant Lifting Mask ($36/4 mask set) is the perfect beauty fix before a special event or morning after. Simply apply to clean, dry skin and leave on up to 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. You'll immediately notice the lifting and firming action that lasts and lasts. Formulated with naturally active cranberry, wild yum phytosterols, and sunflower oil to help skin appear visibly younger-looking and renewed.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil ($50) contains powerful antioxidant protection with its blend of seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grape seed, and sweet almond oils. This lightweight oil is also rich in restorative omegas and just 2 drops, massaged into your complexion will give you 24 hours of hydration, perfect for this season's harsher climate.
Red Door Spa Professional Cranberry Enzyme Exfoliator ($56) brings the spa treatment to your home. It's formulated with a blend of cranberry, papaya, lactic acid, and hyaluronic acid to gently, easily and effectively soften and smooth skin.
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask ($48) helps you put the "beauty" in beauty sleep. Apply your usual night serum and moisturizer, and then top with this fast-absorbing overnight gel to infuse skin with mega moisture and improve its barrier function. Cranberry and olive leaf boost elasticity and you'll love the fragrant essential oil blend. It promotes a deeper, more restful sleep so that upon waking you'll feel as refreshed as you look.
Burt's Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($13) will get you silky soft in no time. Apply to wet or dry skin and gently massage in a circular motion to smooth away any rough, dry skin. A perfect mix of exfoliating sugar crystals, pomegranate oil, cranberry seed, and shea butter will polish you to perfection and leave your skin soft, supple, and glowing. The deliciously sweet scent is a bonus!