When I hit major double digits age-wise (back when the first digit was a one), my skin suddenly changed, and my once smooth face was now littered with tiny bumps that created a new texture on my cheeks and forehead. I was hitting puberty, and my skin was the first to take notice. As any thirteen-year-old girl might, I asked my mom for guidance, and we went on a trip to the nearest drugstore.
First, we picked up a soft loofah and a natural/gentle cleanser, and my mom, being of the mindset that what you put into your body is reflected on the outside, took me directly to the vitamin and supplements aisle.
My mom has been a certified “health nut” since the 1970s and has believed in vitamins and supplements to cure almost any ailment for as long I can remember. She also has ridiculously sensitive skin and is extremely careful with the beauty products she uses. In fact, she has never been able to use creams or lotions on her face, because they all make her break out. She just turned 60 years old in October, and I told her that she looks so great, she makes it ridiculously difficult for me to determine anyone’s age over 40. Her youthful appearance may be due to genetics or all the vitamins she’s ingested over the years, but it sure isn’t due to any anti-aging lotions, serums, or creams.
Want proof? Check out my mom on her 60th birthday.
At thirteen years old, I began taking zinc, beta carotene, and vitamin E to combat my puberty skin, and within a week, my little breakouts lessened and the texture smoothed out entirely. From then on out, I was a believer and continued taking said vitamins well into my twenties, and I added biotin and folic acid for an extra boost.
And then some time in my mid-twenties, I just stopped. I tossed many of my healthy habits, as we do when we are young and, well, stupid.
As I hit the mid-point of my 37th year on this planet, I’m finally becoming mindful again of my health, mind, body, and spirit. I’m slowly returning to habits I know worked in my past and incorporating new healing practices as well.
Last year, my husband and I bought a house and moved up to the mountains, elevated 5000 feet into the sky from Los Angeles. Not only is it so ridiculously dry up here that my husband and I often see a blue bolt of electricity when we kiss, but the winter snow, while magical, seems to suck every last drop of moisture from the air, my skin, my hair, and my lips. This leaves me itchy and chapped and going through lotions and creams like there’s no tomorrow.
And then just yesterday, my husband sent me this article on the Huffington Post, Want To Fix Winter Skin Issues? Just Take This Pill, Study Says, thinking it might help. It basically says that based on new research out of the Department of Dermatology at St Jacques University Hospital, where 80 women between the ages of 35 and 55 were given a vitamin supplement called Perfectil® Platinum, found that those who took it over a four-month winter cycle avoided dryness and appeared less dull and with thicker skin at the end than those that took the placebo.
What I couldn’t really tell by reading the article was if it was sponsored by said product and simply trying to sell a supplement, or if it maybe had a little more substance to it.
Intrigued, I took it a step further. When I read through the ingredients of this “pill,” the list happened to be the exact same supplements I took for my skin so many years ago. After a little a-ha moment, I thought it couldn’t hurt to try them now, twenty years later, to combat dry winter skin — and maybe even fluff up a few lines and wrinkles while they’re at it.
So I’m hitting the health food store tomorrow and picking up the following vitamins in their purest, most natural form: vitamins E, C, and B2 (antioxidants that contribute to the protection of cells and aid in normal collagen formation, the substance that helps to keep skin supple), as well as zinc and biotin for hair and nail health, just because.
I prefer taking only the vitamins I think are necessary over a multivitamin that contains supplements I may not need, and I’ll begin tomorrow. I’ll let you know at the end of winter (or as soon as I see any results) whether or not the supplements have helped. Either way, it can’t hurt.
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