Ever since I was a teenage girl, I had people come up to me to gape at my pearly smooth skin. Both the ogling boys from my class as well as the enviously-green girls from my dorm room. Everyone wanted to have a go at feeling my hands and face – as if I were a piece of lawn fresh out of a boutique. And to tell you the truth, I didn’t blame them. Because with all things considered, the poor devils really didn’t stand a chance. My visible beauty was partly down to genetics. And partly down to the beauty tips that my mother had scrounged off through our house’s Charter Spectrum Internet connection. And, as you surely must have guessed by now, due to my own fair bit of personal vanity.
Yes, I do take pride in my appearance. But then tell me of a beauty queen who doesn’t!
In my book, anyone who chooses to celebrate his or her truth is a winner. Because there’s no shade of lipstick, mascara or eyeliner that quite compare’s with originality. And fakeness, when it’s put on by anyone, is contagious. It shows…and makes one’s ugliness all the more real.
But the Good News Is…
Beauty really doesn’t have to be all about what you inherit from your parents. Because even if you have patched, freckled, dry or severely oily skin, there are many things you can do to correct it. And I’m not saying that you need to spend a fortune on your skincare either. Just a few choice natural agents, applied on the skin with some technique, can do the trick.
My Skin Care Secrets – Detailed
Personally, I like to swear by the skin-revitalizing potential of Co-Q10, Vitamin A, C & E, and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) supplements. And some plain old Baker’s Gelatin. You can get these over the counter from any health retailer, and without a doctor’s prescription. And the best strategy to reap the greatest benefit from these health compounds is to take them both orally and topically.
I’ve detailed each of these supplements with some brief explanation below.
Coenzyme Q10 is a natural substance produced by the body, and it plays a vital role in the production of ATP. ATP is what powers every biological life process, and it is for its production that we eat food and breathe oxygen. The same goes for all animal and plant species. Co-Q10 is also a powerful antioxidant, and it defends the body from free radical attacks. These are primarily responsible for why our skin generally wrinkles and ages. And some dermatologists even attribute hyperpigmentation to their assaults. Co-Q10, additionally, is also very beneficial for the heart, and a must if you’re taking any statin (anti-cholesterol) medications.
If you’re below 40, start with 100 mg of oral Co-Q10 in gel capsule form. Supplement this with thrice-a-week applications of Co-Q10 containing face, hands and neck cream.
2. Vitamins A, C & E
Similar to the recommended usage of Co-Q10 for skincare described above, you can also make use of high-quality vitamin A, C & E supplements. Personally, I’ve discovered that the best way to use these essential skin compounds is by massaging them onto my entire body before going to bed. This is also the best way in which you can gain a pearly luster on your skin.
Vitamin A stimulates the growth of new collagen structures underneath the skin. These work to keep your skin looking young, moist and supple. The vitamins C and E also act as powerful antioxidants that safeguard the body’s blood and fat layers, respectively.
3. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
In nutritional medicine, Alpha Lipoic Acid is considered one of the most potent and natural antioxidant compounds in existence. Interestingly, it not only plays a major role in neutralizing damaging free radicals, it also regenerates other spent antioxidants.
ALA came to be in widespread use in dietetic and skincare circles during the 90s. Nowadays, it is prescribed by most dermatologists to their skin patients as part of their standard, everyday treatment. You can easily find it mixed in most medicated skin lotions.
4. Baker’s Gelatin
Gelatin, of the baker’s variety, directly translates into collagen once it gets digested and into the bloodstream. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and it is primarily responsible for the youthful look of your skin, hair and nails. Unfortunately, and like most bodily components, it starts deteriorating with age. And due to the influx of a lot of psychological/physical stress and environmental pollution.
Stacking up on dietary gelatin, and without mixing in a lot of sugar, is a very good way of increasing your body’s collagen content. When using, aim for ingesting at least 1 heaped teaspoon in a day – and you’ll be amazed to see a difference within three days’ time.
Some Parting Wisdom
Recently, I was engaged in a heartfelt conversation with a Spectrum Internet Provider roaming about in my residential area. The ISP tech (a woman incidentally) seemed to be suffering from a horrible case of acne. Seeing her plight, I advised her to start taking the above-mentioned supplements immediately. And after a months’ time, she WhatsApped one of her fresh photos to my mobile phone – and it didn’t show any trace of skin patching. As if it was never there to begin with!