Your skin is your body’s first line of defense and your largest organ. Keeping it healthy is important. As a bonus, healthy skin is beautiful! It’s radiant and glowing and bound to make you feel good about yourself. There are all of these creams and lotions you can use to help your skin out, but there are natural remedies that can prevent wrinkles, prevent and relieve sunburn, and stall aging!
Here at IV Revival, we’re all about natural beauty and wanted to share our secrets for healthy and glowing skin. Let’s get right into it!
Vitamin C Revitalizes Skin
Vitamin C is proven to have amazing effects on your skin, from helping boost the power of sunscreen to having anti-aging effects!
Before you go out in the sun and apply sunscreen, get some vitamin C in your system. It’s an antioxidant that can be used as a photoprotection, meaning it can assist in blocking sun damage. Sunscreen alone can protect you but adding vitamin C to the mix augments its protection against UV damage.
For more protection, add vitamin E too! It will slightly boost the effectiveness of the sunscreen and vitamin C.
It’s not just a one-off study, either. In this study, 10 subjects took either two grams of Vitamin C combined with 1000 IU of d-alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) or a placebo. The group that took the vitamins saw significantly reduced sun damage than the group that took the placebos.
Vitamin C Tightens Skin
Vitamin C is also a remedy for wrinkles. Your skin produces a protein called collagen. Collagen is what holds your skin together and keeps it tight. As you age, your body produces less and less collagen. This leads to wrinkles over time.
Vitamin C combats that because it naturally boosts your body’s ability to produce collagen! Therefore, if you take vitamin C regularly, you are less likely to develop wrinkles at a younger age. Just remember that vitamin C is water soluble, meaning you have to take it daily to feel its full effects.
Vitamin A Stimulates Skin Production
Vitamin A is an essential fat-soluble nutrient that supports skin, eye, and reproductive health, and immune function. Whatever your body doesn’t use is stored in your fat and not flushed out of your system. There are two types: retinoids and carotenoids.
Retinol directly impacts your skin’s health. It stimulates production of new skin cells. Without it, skin can become overly dry. According to research reported in Clinical Interventions in Aging, a deficit of it can cause follicular hyperkeratosis, which is a condition that causes raised papules (raised pimple-like bumps) to form on the skin.
Retinol is also effective at stimulating collagen production! When used topically, it helps tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Because vitamin A is fat-soluble, taking too much of it can lead to vitamin toxicity. Basically, your body stores vitamin A in your fat and absorbs it as needed. Having too much of it can be detrimental for your health and can lead to hospitalization. IV Revival does not offer vitamin A and cautions readers to take it in IV therapy, unless directed to by a doctor. Instead, stick to topical creams and ingest it through food.
You can find vitamin A in the following foods:
- Beef liver
- Dairy products (milk, butter, and cheddar cheese)
- Cod liver oil
Magnesium Helps You Relax
While it may seem a bit odd to include a mineral that helps you relax, your stress levels directly correlate to your skin’s appearance. Magnesium is powerful. It supports a lot of your body, including your skin, hair, teeth, bones, and nervous system. It is also a powerful muscle relaxant that combats stress and depression.
When you’re stressed, your body produces cortisol. Cortisol, while not bad in normal amounts, can lead to acne outbreaks, hives, rashes, or can aggravate psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema.
To help combat your stress, be sure to take time to decompress and eat foods rich in magnesium and other vitamins such as B complex and C. When it comes to magnesium, most green and leafy veggies have it! So look for spinach, kale, or you can go a sweeter route and eat some dark chocolate, raspberries or a banana.
Just remember that even if you incorporate these essential and natural ways to make your skin glow, nothing will happen overnight. Be patient and stick to your new routine. After a couple of weeks, you’ll start to notice how a balanced diet that’s rich in much needed vitamins and minerals, and staying hydrated is making your skin more radiant, tighter, and clearer than ever before.
If you’re interested in trying something new, such as IV therapy, to get vitamin C and magnesium in your system, you can request an appointment through us. We’re completely mobile, so our registered nurses will come to you!