Can I slow down my aging?

If I could turn back the clock and take better care of myself, of my body and my skin. The anti-aging market is blossoming offering to all those who want to remain young forever hundreds of face skin products such as cream and serums, face masks, etc. that promise to reverse the signs of aging. Furthermore, there are also a variety of supplements that claim to take years off your skin. There are so many  anti-ageing products and supplements that is difficult to pick up the right one and what does suit best for me. If you are not sure what’s best for you this is definitely an article for you.

 Real efficacy of anti-aging products?

Can we trust the variety of anti-aging products and supplements? Are they really efficient?  To understand the answer to this question, you should first understand how the aging process works. First, human cellular aging is inevitable. However, premature aging happens frequently and it can be caused by a variety of external factors such are poor diet, smoking, alchohol, UV rays, but also psychological factors. Stress notably. Therefore, the most efficient way to support healthy aging is with a healthy diet (nutrient-filled), regular exercise, and moderate exposure to Sun.

When it comes to variety of vitamins and supplements, it can be tricky territory because you can’t guarantee if some X product will be working for you or not. The science behind beauty vitamins i also kind of „soft,” meaning it lacks a lot of concrete evidence and limited data showing effectiveness with oral supplements. Therefore, the best and the most efficient and sure way to take care of your skin and slow down aging is to stick to a regular skin care routine in combination with tailor made supplementation that will help protect your skin barrier.

How to choose what will work for me?

Many of us get lost in a sea of anti-age supplements products and actually not sure what to buy. I was lost myself for many years and spent a lot of money till I learned the lessons and studied.  Hence, I want to share with you some tips where to pay an attention when you are buying such products – what is ok and what you’d better avoid. 

  • To make sure your supplement actually contains what it claims to contain, definitely look for Good Manufacturing Practice certificates for quality and purity, among other things.
  • Careful with the ”booster” products that guarantee energy, because these supplements often contain green tea, guarana, caffeine, or other stimulants, that can be potentially dangerous and risky because caffeine-related stimulants can occasionally cause elevated blood pressure or other issues.
  • Be balanced with excessive consumption of herbal products because we should be moderate in everything including the natural products. Iti s simply because one size does not necessarily fit all. In other words, there are potential risks associated with some. Hence, I suggest you consult someone licensed in herbal medicine in addition to your doctor before you try herb-dense supplements.
  • As we age, healthy diet, physical exercise, sleep, managing stress levels and of course skin care, play crucial role. Nevertheless, if you’re not getting enough nutrients through your diet, supplements are very important. If you’re one of those people who lacks all those crucial nutrients that will keep you healthy, fit and young, get inform yourself first before you purchase any products. Talk to your GP as well, especially if you have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, because certain supplements can interfere with some medications and health conditions. You must understand that supplements are not medicines intended to treat, mitigate, prevent or cure diseases. Supplements are simply intended to supplement our diet. What’ also important to keep in mind is that it possible to exaggerate with some vitamin or mineral, such as that it can even interfere or block absorption of another.

What about vitamins and supplements ?

That being said, I suggest you consider these vitamins and minerals that can potentially support healthy aging, according to doctors and nutritionists:

 Vitamin C as a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage, prevents production of abnormal pigmentation, and serves as an essential cofactor for the production of healthy collagen. Furthermore, it improves skin’s texture and appearance.

Like Vit. C, vitamin E plays crucial role in your immune system function meaning that it regulates inflammatory process as well as helps with your body’s natural collagen production. Collagen is like the backbone of your skin, providing structure and support and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hence, the evening healthy sleep is of crucial importance because your skin cells naturally undergo higher rates of cell turnover. Vitamin E can help in the maintenance of your skin barrier when ingested, which protects your body from irritants and excess water loss.

Selenium has antioxidant properties that have the potential to enhance skin quality and fight free radicals

Zinc – best known mineral for boosting immune system function and aiding in wound healing Its deficiency can speed the aging process

Resveratrol proven to be extremely beneficial for skin health and in combating signs of skin aging, according to research. And while consuming enough of certain foods, like berries, can give you these benefits, it can sometimes be easier to see the benefits of this compound in supplement form.

L-theanine is a non-essential amino acid with significant antioxidant properties. However, it does more than just fight oxidative stress. This amino acid also possesses some impressive moisture-retention capabilities. It functions as a skin hydrator and helps prevent moisture loss for plump, glowing skin. It also helps eliminate dryness which can exaggerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 Coenzyme Q10 which the body naturally produces, helps actually to convert food into energy. It may also help reduce wrinkles and improve the texture of the skin

Nicotinamide riboside is a member of the vitamin B3 family, which also includes niacin and niacinamide. It’s found in fruits, vegetables, meat, and milk. Nicotinamide riboside is changed in the body to a chemical called NAD+. Otherwise, people use it not only for anti-aging effects, but it is also indicated for high  blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, Alzheimer, etc. Since its amount declines as you grow older, supplementation is welcomed.

Although Multivitamins aren’t specifically intended for anti-aging, its primary role is to fill nutritional gaps and make sure people get their daily allowance of under consumed nutrients like vitamins A, C, D, E and K, calcium, magnesium, dietary fibre, choline and potassium. Nevertheless, as you get older, your body loses its ability to absorb nutrients. And because of that, extra nutritional supplement will protect your organs, nervous system, and skin, allowing you to not just function but also flourish.

Be smart and moderate in everything

Last but not least, keep in mind that supplementation cannot replace a balanced diet, daily exercise, and SPF when it comes to protecting your skin. However, supplements may be of great help and have an anti-age effect, though they won’t magically restore your skin or take 10 years off your face overnight. Hence, the most efficient and the best way to promote longevity (and stay looking youthful for longer) is to take good care of yourself, keep your stress at bay, and stick to a skin care routine that works.

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Mirella Rasic Paolini, Holistički terapeut