I think at some point, we all look in the mirror and wish we could turn back the clock if even just a little. And that wish is clearly reflected in the fact that the anti-aging market is predicted to hit $331 billion just a short year from now.
But with so many products on the shelves claiming to work miracles, how do you know what really works and what to spend your hard-earned money on?
That’s why we’ve put together the science behind three nutrients that could help you achieve your goals, reduce the aging process, and get softer, suppler skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. The good news is you can find them in some foods and supplements…
1. Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is best known for providing the energy needed to power your heart’s cells. But the truth is that the majority of cells throughout your body need it to function optimally — including those in your skin.
And since your levels start to decrease by the time you’re in your 20s, it’s easy to see why as the days slip by, if you’re not replenishing CoQ10 in your diet (organ meats are a really good source), your skin could suffer.
In fact, two separate studies have found skin-beautifying benefits to taking CoQ10…
A 2018 medical review discovered that CoQ10 supplements work to reduce age-related issues such as the free radical damage and oxidative stress caused by the environment, like sun exposure.
And a second study, published in BioJournals found that supplementing CoQ10 daily for 12 weeks significantly reduced wrinkles and microrelief lines and improved skin smoothness.
2. Vitamin C
While you may think of vitamin C only when you catch a cold, it’s actually a powerful antioxidant that can help boost your skin’s health and beauty.
According to Dr. Whitney Bowe, the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin, the vitamin, found in most of our favorite citrus fruits, works to enhance the production of collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
And there’s proof to back up this assertion since research has found that combining vitamin C and omega-3 supplementation with a diet low in saturated fat can result in fewer wrinkles and less crepey skin.
3. Collagen peptides
The final supplement proven to possess anti-aging power is collagen.
Not only does collagen deliver two amino acids (proline and glycine) that support your joints, cartilage, and bones, it also can help enhance the firmness of your skin.
According to a study, published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, taking just 2.5 to 5 grams of collagen a day for one to two months can result in significant improvements in your skin’s elasticity — its ability to bounce back and eliminate sagging.
Putting it all together
Although changes in your skin are a natural part of aging, there are things you can do to keep your skin looking more firm, youthful and lifted.
And the three supplements above are a scientifically proven part of that process. For the best results, take them daily, use sunblock to protect your skin from UV exposure, and make lifestyle changes such as limiting alcohol, eating whole foods and eliminating smoking.