Six Vitamins and Minerals that Slow the Aging Process

eat-your-vitamins-1329779-639x425How do we hasten up the results from our beauty products while stagnating the aging clock? There are several ingredients that you can incorporate in your diet, in your weekly homemade face masks or simply look for as ingredients in your favorite beauty products that will guarantee to slow the aging process to a crawl.

  1. B Vitamins.  “Vitamin B and all its derivatives are essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails,” states dermatologist, Joel Schlessinger, M.D.  Serving as potent moisturizers, vitamin B helps keep your skin looking supple all while filling in the crinkles and wrinkles that imprint on your skin over time.  Your best food source for vitamin B? Bananas. A banana a day will keep the dermatologist away. Other sources of vitamin B derivatives include: fish, red meat and low fat dairy products.  
  2. Vitamin E.  Vitamin E helps boost your immune system all while clearing out free-radicals through its power of being an antioxidant.  By consuming in more vitamin E, your blood flow increases, which helps promote more rejuvenated skin cells and helps the old and dead ones turn over faster.  Foods that contain vitamin E include: sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach.
  3. Selenium. Also an antioxidant, selenium works with other minerals and vitamins in your body to repair and prevent free radical damage that makes you look worn down with age.  You can find it in high concentration in foods such as mushrooms, codfish and barley.
  4. Vitamin A. Consuming vitamin A can help banish your wrinkles if consistently practiced.  Topically, vitamin A is famously used for skin disorders such as severe dry skin and acne as it soothes out the skin after repair and diminishes any after math marks left over. As an additive bonus, Vitamin A also helps promote collagen production.
  5. Vitamin C.  Another well-known antioxidant, vitamin C or ascorbic acid, helps tissue growth and helps maintenance on all of your bones. As a free radical avenger, Vitamin C helps diminish brown spots that have accumulated on your skin over time while also strengthening your immune system enough to fight off a common cold. You can find vitamin C in any of your bright colored citrus fruits.
  6. Vitamin K.  Vitamin K is used cosmetically to get rid of spider veins, dark circles under the eyes and any broken capillaries that give your skin discoloration.  Since its main function is to control blood clotting, with proper intake of vitamin K, you can count on your blood flow to be equivocal, smooth and directed where it needs to go when it’s needed. Foods that are packed with vitamin K include: kales, spinach, mustard greens, beet greens, turnip greens and Swiss chard.  As you can see, a lot of greens!