The Number #1 Nutrient Your Skin Craves
As much as you may accept the fact that you're growing older, it can be troubling to notice new wrinkles, dark spots or other visible signs that your skin is aging — especially when you feel great on the inside.
Who wants to look older than you feel?
This may explain why Americans spent nearly $100 billion last year on gimmicky "anti-aging" beauty creams, lotions, potions and potentially dangerous procedures.
But what most people — even many of the
so-called experts — don't realize is that there aretwo primary underlying causes of skin aging. And if you don't address them both, you'll be hard pressed to maintain a healthy, youthful complexion into your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.
What's worse, most beauty products contain harsh chemicals that may improve the look of your skin temporarily, but in doing so, actually cause more damage in the long run! It's true — I'll tell you more in a moment, but first, let me introduce myself.
My name is Joshua Corn and I'm the Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Nownewsletter, one of the fastest growing natural health publications in the nation. My passion for natural health has always driven me to seek the truth and to educate people on alternative solutions that are safe and effective.
Please keep reading, because I'm going to tell you the secret to maintaining truly healthy skin safely and naturally. I'll also tell you how to avoid wasting your money on dangerous or ineffective skin creams.
There are two simple underlying causes of skin aging: lack of nutrients and dehydration.As you age, your skin loses the ability to produce the nutrients that protect it from the damaging effects of things like the sun's UV rays, pollution and free radicals. It also loses the ability to hold water in its cells. As a result, the skin begins to lose its firmness and elasticity, leading to wrinkles, sagging and dryness.
In order to keep your skin looking young and healthy, you need an effective means to 1) provide your skin with the nutrients it needs for protection and 2) keep water in your skin cells — without the toxic chemicals found in most beauty creams that can actually accelerate aging in the long run.
And by the way, caring for your skin is not just a matter of vanity.
Your skin is a complex organ that serves as a protective barrier, and its aging not only affects how old you look, but can also expose you to significant health risks from infection and exposure to environmental chemicals and UV radiation.
There's no shortage of "anti-aging" skin care products on the market. But the fact is, most beauty creams — even the expensive ones — fail to address the two primary underlying causes of skin aging I mentioned above.
If you've ever used one, you might have experienced some noticeable effects at first, but generally, these products mysteriously stop working before long. That's because they rely on harsh skin-tightening chemicals, and if you apply these chemicals often enough, the repeated lifting action can eventually cause your skin to sag even more!
Another way these creams trick you is by making the surface of your skin look smoother temporarily with low-grade acids. Over time, these acids actually thin your skin, making it even more prone to dryness and wrinkles. In fact, using these products can double UV-related skin damage, according to FDA studies.
What's more, most of these products contain a cocktail of toxic chemicals that not only accelerate skin aging, but are also absorbed into the bloodstream where they can affect organs inside your body.
For example, parabens, which are estrogen-mimicking chemicals used widely in cosmetics as preservatives, have been linked to hormone disruption and cancers of the endocrine and reproductive systems.[3,4] Phthalates, which are often hidden in products under ingredients names such as "fragrance," are another class of hormone-disrupting chemicals. Formaldehyde, another preservative, has been linked to skin irritation and cancer.
The bottom line is, just because a skin care product is available for sale at your local drugstore, beauty counter or even at your doctor's office, don't assume it's safe to use on a long-term basis.
The good news is that recent advances in nutritional research are showing that it really is possible to protect your skin and even make it look younger — without harsh chemicals, Botox or surgery — by providing it with the nourishment and hydration your skin so desperately needs.
When you're young, your skin naturally produces antioxidant nutrients that protect it from damage. As it turns out, one of the most important of these is a powerful antioxidant known as CoQ10, which is found in virtually every cell of your body and is extremely important for maintaining healthy skin.
Beginning around the age of 30, your body's ability to produce CoQ10 declines rapidly. By age 50, your CoQ10 levels may be too low to support optimal cell function, and by age 70, your levels can become so low they can actually start to accelerate the aging process.
However, studies are showing that applying CoQ10 to your skin can help restore youthful CoQ10 levels inside skin cells and protect them against future damage. In a breakthrough study, researchers found that CoQ10 actually makes older cells function like younger cells, which means younger looking skin.
CoQ10 also has an amazing ability to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One study showed that CoQ10 decreases the depth of wrinkles, making them considerably less noticeable. Other studies have found that CoQ10 protects skin cells from oxidative stress and may help to promote healthy cell growth and division.[11,12]
But in order to get the benefits of CoQ10, you need to make sure that it's getting into your skin cells where it can work its magic.
As you age, your skin cells lose the ability to hold water and literally begin to shrink and stiffen. This causes collagen (the primary support structure of the skin) to dry, crack and bond to itself, making it harder for nutrients to travel into skin cells where they are needed.
So even if you're drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water daily, if your cells are not absorbing and utilizing that water the way they're supposed to, your skin may appear dry, wrinkled, saggy or blemished.
In other words, you look OLD.
In order to keep your skin soft, supple and hydrated, you need something that can penetrate skin cells and deliver BOTH moisture and nutrients, like CoQ10, where you need them most. The best ways to do this is with the juice of the leaves of the aloe vera plant. It has the unique ability to move water into skin cells, while soothing and healing dry and irritated skin.[13,14,15]
Unfortunately, most beauty creams contain very little or no CoQ10 or aloe vera. And, they only make matters worse by drying the skin out with harsh chemicals and dangerous toxins.
While you can find skin cream containing CoQ10 virtually everywhere, almost none actually contain the therapeutic levels of CoQ10 shown in the research to yield maximum benefits. Here's a simple way to tell. Pure CoQ10 is naturally an orange-gold color, so if you're using a CoQ10 cream that is white or off-white, it's unlikely that it contains enough of CoQ10 for true antioxidant benefits, and chances are you're wasting your money. Any CoQ10 cream worth its salt will be a golden or light orange hue.
Additionally, it's important to realize that not all CoQ10 is the same. All of the research supporting the benefits of CoQ10 has been conducted with natural CoQ10. But most products are made with synthetic CoQ10. Even worse, this inferior form is usually synthesized from a tobacco byproduct, and there is absolutely no good data out there proving its effectiveness or safety.
What you want to look for is the words "trans-form" on the label. Trans-form CoQ10 is identical to the CoQ10 produced naturally within the body, and the form of CoQ10 used in all the studies. Also check to see if the CoQ10 is made using yeast fermentation, which yields by far the most effective form.