How to keep your skin young and healthy

By Brown Articles Published 12/23/2009 | Beauty

The demand for skin care supplements or beauty foods is very popular in Asia and the vogue is now arriving to the U.S. and  Europe.

These products are proposed to delay or reduce the effects of aging on the skin. Most of these include lacto-lycopene, vitamin C and soy isoflavones, which bring back firmness to womens skin who are over 40.

Antioxidants such as lycopene and grape seed extract are used to stall enzymatic reactions that breakdown natural collagen in the skin.

Antioxidants are important for the protection of capillaries in the skin, which transport the necessary nutrients to the cells and on to the skin.

These also help avoid broken veins and premature wrinkles as well as oxygenating cells and removing waste products from our metabolism.

These products can be very expensive and other, less expensive and more easily attainable remedies can be used. If your diet is rich in natural antioxidants your skin will look just as young as it would with skin care supplements. You can find antioxidants in fruits such as blueberries, prunes, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, apples, cherries and plums and in vegetables such as artichokes, broccoli, red cabbage, beetroot and spinach amongst others.

Beta-carotene found in green-leaved vegetables, fruit and carrots is another potent antioxidant. This antioxidant neutralize the affects of a particular free radical set free after sun exposure, and as the sunlight destroys beta carotene it must be replaced regularly.