Dr Oz #1 Secret to Anti-Aging is Vitamin C Serum
Drop a Decade off your Face.
Dr. Oz consulted with the nation’s top plastic surgeons to find alternatives to popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Safer, cheaper and easier than a face-lift or chemical peel, these secrets can help drop a decade from your face
Take 10 years off your face today with these easy and effective Oz-approved secrets.
Secret #1: Vitamin C
Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face.
One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.
When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.
Your Anti-Aging Rx
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging – all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless the product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!
Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. On rare occasions, topical vitamin C can cause some mild dryness or flaking. Counteract this side effect with a moisturizer. This topical nutrient is safe to combine with all your other skin care products and even works synergistically with other antioxidants. For a super powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.
The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a difference. After around 6 months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.
Secret #2: Phytoceramides
A Natural Facelift
Faking a facelift may be as easy as taking one little pill! Phytoceramides help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve the structural integrity of the skin. Used in Japan for centuries, the FDA has just approved the oral use of this powerful anti-ager.
Phytoceramides are the plant-derived equivalent of ceramides, a lipid that keeps your skin hydrated and plump. You start to lose ceramides as you age, and as a result, your skin beings to appear rough and wrinkled. Taking phytoceramides orally restores the natural outer layer of the skin. These powerful molecules work from the inside out, getting absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the inner layer of your skin. From there, they seep to the outermost layer where they restore the cracked and damaged barrier, moisturize and fill out wrinkles and sun-damaged areas.
Your Anti-Aging Rx
Phytoceramides are relatively inexpensive; the cost is around $10 for a 30-day supply. Try taking one 350mg capsule daily with food. You should see your skin begin to soften and smooth out in about 4 weeks. They are safe for most people, but those with gluten sensitivity may want to look for an alternative.
Phytoceramides are commonly wheat-based and although most gluten is removed, it still may be problematic.
Amp up the anti-aging benefits by combining phytoceramides with topical vitamin C – you’ll avoid absorption problems of oral vitamin C and it’s a potent anti-aging combination
Secret #3: Power Facial Cleansers
Top plastic surgeons agree that power cleansers can help you look younger. These devices are like an electric toothbrush for your face. They run on minute-long cycles that take traditional cleansing one step further. The gentle exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin that makes your face look dull. It also allows anything meant to treat the skin including creams, serums or salicylic acid lotions to soak in more thoroughly.
Your Anti-Aging Rx
Try using a power cleanser 3-4 times per week. Make sure the device is charged and apply light pressure while moving the cleanser in a circular motion on wet skin. Use for 20 seconds on the forehead, nose and chin and for 10 seconds on each cheek. Be careful to avoid over-exfoliating. Limit your use of the electric cleanser to every other day – anything more than that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Be especially mindful of your usage if you have sensitive skin.
Power cleansers are sold in a variety of different brands. Drugstores carry versions that can be less than $20. These models have a pad or bristles that fluctuate anywhere from four to five times a second. More expensive models have bristles that swivel up to 300 times a second and can run up to $200. It may be worth it to spend more money if you have sensitive skin – the more times the brush moves per second, the less abrasive it will be.
Thank You to the the Dr Oz Show for this post. Article Posted 10/31/2012
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