Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
We should all be getting our daily nutritional requirement of vitamins and minerals through our diet. Foods like spinach, kale, and apples are chockfull of nutrients that your body and skin use to promote good health and ageless skin. Sometimes, though, due to the nature of our busy lives, we don’t have time to buy fresh groceries or prepare a home-cooked meal. When this happens, our diet begins to suffer and our skin may start to reflect that.
While you may not be able to eat fresh homemade meals 7 days a week, there are some things you can do to offset a poor diet. One way is to add supplements to your routine. Certain supplements can be beneficial to both your internal and external health. In fact, the right supplements may help you significantly slow down skin aging, With that said, continue reading if you want to learn what 3 anti-aging supplements you must try if you want flawless, ageless skin.
If you have experienced stress for a prolonged period of time, have you ever noticed a wrinkle or two appearing on your face? Though you may have been tired when you looked at yourself in the mirror, that’s not a coincidence. Stress has been studied to accelerate premature signs of aging, which means that more stress can lead to more pronounced lines and wrinkles. Stress has also been studied to increase inflammation and the production of the cortisol hormone. An increase in inflammation and cortisol are both bad for your skin; the former can cause discoloration and sagging skin while the latter can lead to more blemishes and acne breakouts.
While you should always strive to make changes in your lifestyle to avoid stress, a supplement that may help you achieve a more stress-free (and ideally a more ageless) lifestyle is ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years to lower stress levels naturally. While it is not for everyone (especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding), many who have used ashwagandha on a regular basis have experienced less anxiety. Overall, less stress may help you see a noticeable change in your skin’s complexion, ideally ageless skin.
"I [found] a great difference after using that: my skin doesn’t itch, my skin calms down immediately after I put the products. I hope I can stick with this product for my whole life."
Triphala is a powdered supplement that consists of three fruits well-regarded in Ayurveda: amla, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. Each of these fruits has special properties, but when you combine them together to make Triphala, it has the ability to minimize signs of aging and help you get youthful skin. Triphala has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals damage your cells and impair cell function so getting rid of these compounds can help your body stay youthful inside and out.
Another reason to use Triphala is for its powerful detoxification properties. Triphala has been used as a natural laxative for thousands of years; it is thought to get rid of the toxic buildup that lies in your digestive system. Triphala is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which can bolster a healthy immune system; it is even thought that Triphala has anti-cancer properties. By getting rid of the toxins in your gut and promoting better health with Triphala, you may start to see glowing, youthful skin that starts from within.
Brahmi is an Ayurvedic herb that shares similar properties with ashwagandha and Triphala. For example, brahmi has anti-anxiety and antioxidant properties, both of which can stop premature aging, decrease inflammation, and help you get youthful skin. However, what makes brahmi unique is that it has been thought to improve brain function, specifically, your memory and concentration. While you may be more concerned about those premature lines and wrinkles showing up on your skin, you should also strive to keep your brain as youthful and alert as ever.
Brahmi has also been utilized in Ayurveda to reduce hair fall and increase hair growth. If you would like to use brahmi on your hair, we invite you to try Apsara Skin Care’s Rosemary & Amla Hair Oil. This hair oil contains several Ayurvedic herbs like brahmi and amla, and it can improve the condition of both your hair and scalp.
There are more anti-aging supplements you can take regularly to stop premature aging. Listen to this episode of the Apsara Skin Care podcast to find out more. Enjoy and please leave us a review on our iTunes podcast page!
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