Exploring Nutraceuticals Products for Skin Health

Eye healthWe are all used to seeing television commercials about various anti-aging creams, serums, and washes. While these are good at deterring skin aging, many people do not know that what is in their diet can help further delay the signs of aging. Below are a few dietary supplements to help improve your skins appearance.

Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant compound derived from marine sources, particularly microalgae [http://www.exploresupplements.com/boosting-skin-health-within]. While “microalgae” may sound scary, it is not. Microalgae are rich in vitamins and minerals that are not only good for your skin, but for your bones and joints. Astaxanthin is also found in salmon. So, the next time you are in the mood for fish, try to eat salmon.

Pycnogenol is an extract from the bark of the French Maritime Pine tree. This may also sound scary, as it sound like you’re ingesting a tree. While it’s true, this extract can help improve elasticity in your skin, as well as keeping your joints and tendons in great shape. Pycnogenol is also an anti-inflammatory.

Lutein is one of the more well-known substances on this list. It is a carotenoid antioxidant compound found naturally in dark, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale and yellow-colored foods like corn and egg yolks. While most people associate lutein with eye health, it is also helpful for skin appearance. In recent studies, lutein has been found to help protect skin from damaging UV rays. Now, while lutein will not totally protect you from damaging sunrays, these findings can help scientists improve conventional sun protection.


Like lutein, lycopene is a carotenoid antioxidant. Lycopene is also responsible for the vibrant red color of tomatoes. Recent studies have shown that tomato-based products containing lycopene help protect the skin from photo damage by reducing its sensitivity to sunlight and suppressing the UV rays in some of the enzymes responsible for collagen breakdown. Thus, your skins appearance would be thicker and smoother, with less sun damage.

Cocoa is also rich in skin-loving flavonoids. Recent studies have shown that cocoa consumption can help reduce lines and wrinkles, improve skin dexterity and collagen products, as well as improving skin hydration and the flow of blood to the skin. Before you stock up on chocolate bars, let’s remember what cocoa is. Cocoa is not the same as chocolate. Milk chocolate is a very refined form of cocoa (a good example would be the difference between espresso and decaffeinated coffee), thus not nearly the same thing. If you can stomach plain cocoa, it’s a great supplement for your skin.

While these are some of the ways to improve your skins health and appearance, be sure to follow the old-timey rules for good skin: Drinks lots of water, stay out of the sun, and don’t eat a lot of processed foods. By doing this and incorporating the above products, your skin is sure to be glowing.