Supplements with or without vitamins are complementary agents needed by the skin to either, direct the metabolism toward a specific job, or to correct some metabolic aberrations at different ages and conditions, so that they can keep your skin healthy and looking years younger.
Skin supplements may contain vitamins, minerals trace elements, anti-oxidants or other nutrients. The good news is that they can be delivered in sufficient amounts by applying them directly on the skin, to relieve the dual pressure it is submitted to, i.e. metabolic changes and environmental assaults.
Now we can give a hand to the oppressed skin by multiplying the beneficial effects, of these wonderful nutrients.
Skin Vitamins and Supplements for Teens and Early 20s:
This is the stage of integration and growth, and the first enemy of the skin of this age group is Acne, which is caused by a metabolic stress resulting from the heavy demand of formation of hormones, which causes the metabolism to be deficient regarding fat and carbohydrate.
Acetyl Coenzyme A is the biochemical material that serves the best for relieving that metabolic stress, since it plays a pivotal role in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates. It is required to be abundant during this stage.
Coenzyme A is already synthesized by the body from a vitamin molecule (Pantothenic acid), an amino acid (Cysteine), and a molecule that contains a lot of energy (ATP).
The best vitamin and supplements needed by this age group are either Pantothenic acid plus Cysteine, or Pantethine, as they are the precursors of Coenzyme A.
Use of Cysteine combined with Vitamin B5 (which has been used for treating acne in high doses reaching 10-15 g/day), can reduce its dose to become 1-1.5 g/day. Cysteine itself is taken also in 1-1.5 g/day dose.
Pantethine is a precursor of coenzyme a, and it has now been tried by some people to treat acne.
Skin Vitamins and Supplements for 30s:
At the age of 30, the skin receives less energy supply, suffers from some structural changes, and from a sluggish shedding of the outermost layers of dead cells, and the net result is that the skin starts to decline.
The best supplements for the skin at this age are Sugar and foods containing Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) to be applied locally. Sugar contains the alpha-hydroxy acid Glycolic acid, which acts like magic in removing superficial dead cells (skin peeling), and MCT abundant amounts in coconut oil and milk supplies a lot of energy.
Fractionated Coconut Oil contains high amounts of MCT.
Skin Vitamins and Supplements for 40s:
At the age of 40, the destructive changes in collagen and elastin (2 constructive proteins of the skin) start to be common. Collagen starts to be more tense and less elastic, and Elastin becomes more fragile.
The best supplements for the skin at this age are Sweet Peas and Grape Seed extract to be applied locally.
Sweet Peas contains an enzyme inhibitor called 3-amino-propionitrile, which inhibits the enzyme Lysyl Oxidase that is responsible for cross-linking of collagen.
Grape seed extract helps build more collagen, it also contains anti-oxidants which help fight the destructive changes in both collagen and elastin.
Skin Vitamins and Supplements for 50s and Beyond:
At this age, the destructive changes in all the skin layers are well established, oxidation of all tissues is now avid, and the body really needs the rescue of anti-oxidants.
Some recent findings highlights that we can give some help to collagen by increasing its formation and decreasing its degradation.
The best vitamins and supplements at these group ages are foods that contain Ellagic acid and vitamin A, or Berries and Milk and its derivatives to be applied locally. Some vitamin E is also OK.