We’ve been brain washed to believe that we need to buy some magic potion, lotion or pill if we want perfect hair and skin. The latest news is a refreshing change coming from the beauty community about the power of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to give skin a more radiant, healthy, and youthful glow.

The excitement is focused not so much on creams and lotions you put on your skin but more so, what you put into your body. Health experts say that vitamins and minerals in all forms play an integral role in a healthy complexion, especially when they are from natural food sources. Your skin reflects your inner health. Doctor Georgiana Donadio, founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Boston says “your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal nutritional needs.” In other words if you feed your skin from the inside, it will reward you by glowing on the outside. 

There is a lot of important new research showing tremendous power of antioxidants in general, and in some specific nutrients in particular that can make an important difference in the way your skin looks and feels — and even in how well it ages, when combined with a good diet, the right dietary supplements can help keep your skin looking not only healthy, but also years younger.

Phytonutrients and Phytochemicals are found in plant materials, mainly fruits, vegetables, grasses and grains. Phytonutrients are the building block nutrients necessary for sustaining human life. Phytochemicals are non-nutritive plant chemicals that are involved in many processes including ones that help prevent cell damage, prevent cancer cell replication, and decrease cholesterol levels.

The American diet is often lacking in the healthy oils necessary for healthy skin and hair. The “good” fats from sources such as avocado, olives, fatty cold-water fish, flaxseed and walnuts have become scarce in the average American diet. Supplementation of Omega-3 oils can greatly improve upon the look and feel of our skin, hair and nails accompanied with many other added health benefits.