4 Vitamins To Replace Plastic Surgery

4 Vitamins To Replace Plastic Surgery. Healthy Living Magazine

4 Vitamins To Replace Plastic Surgery. Healthy Living Magazine

Some 15.6 million cosmetic procedures, including both minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the US in 2014, an increase of 3% since 2013, says the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

But applying these 4 vitamins, which can be used topically besides being found in foods and taken as supplements, will renew and plump your skin and do the kinds of tender loving things surgery can’t— and give you a chance at staving it off for good.

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“There is emerging evidence that combinations of vitamins have additive effects that provide enhanced efficacy compared with individual compounds,” says one research team.

These particular topical nutrients also treat acne, pigmentation disorders and speed wound healing; they can be combined with non-vitamin skin plumping agents like hyaluronic acid, green tea, milk thistle, resveratrol and collagen.

1. VITAMIN C (ascorbic acid), the anti-scurvy agent, stimulates collagen synthesis in both young and old fibroblasts and acts as an antioxidant to protect from the thinning and drying effects of the sun. Since vitamin C breaks down in light, serums are sold in light-protective containers.

2. VITAMIN E (tocopherol) is a fat soluble antioxidant, protecting DNA and moisturizing (as it is often found in oils). Both vitamins E and C “are highly effective depigmenting agents,” says dermatologist Karen Burke. “Because vitamin C regenerates oxidized vitamin E, the combination in a cosmeceutical formulation is synergistic—particularly in UV protection.”

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3. RETINOL is basically vitamin A. It is derived from animal and plant sources. “It is a molecule, which when changed can become stronger and stronger,” says dermatologist David Colbert. “Retinol in our diet is essential for healthy skin. Retinol is the weak version of retin-A. Retin A, on the other hand, is a chemically modified form of retinol that is used topically on the skin to improve the complexion by stimulating cell turnover and collagen production—it is also known as Tretinoin.” Retinol also stimulates these processes.

4. NICOTINAMIDE, a derivative of vitamin B3 (niacin), enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture by renewing cell energy factories (mitochondria). Antiaging effects of topically applied niacin are only recently being documented in published studies. Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is the precursor of the important cofactors niacinamide adenosine dinucleotide (NAD), which serve as a coenzyme in more than 40 cellular biochemical reactions. Skin cells feed on NAD, especially the sirtuins, including SIRT1—the anti-aging gene, which laps up NAD like a hungry dog. SIRT1 induces cells to form new mitochondria (energy factories) and activates SIRT3, which keeps communications even from genes to mitochondria. “Thus, niacinamide has the potential to exert multiple effects on skin and is a promising antiaging cosmeceutical ingredient,” says Dr Cheryl Burgess of The Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Washington, DC.

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ReferencesBurgess C Topical vitamins. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008 Jul;7(7 Suppl):s2-6. Burke KE. Interaction of vitamins C and E as better cosmeceuticals. Dermatol Ther. 2007 Sep- Oct;20(5):314-321.
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