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Get Your Glow On: Natural Beauty Secrets for Radiance


Sue Serre RHN


The long winter can leave your skin feeling and looking less than vibrant. Try these natural solutions to improve the appearance of your skin. Nourishing the outermost layers of our skin with natural oils can help to restore that youthful radiance. Whether you’re looking for a natural reduction of fine lines and wrinkles or a moisture booster – both rosehip seed oil and argan oil are superstars.


Rosehip seed oil is naturally rich in antioxidants.In addition, the unique moisturizing, properties can contribute to increased skin elasticity, reduced moisture loss, and reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in mature skin.


Argan oil has traditionally been used to enhance complexion and reduce the appearance of acne and chickenpox scars. It has been shown to reduce pigmentation and age spots, primarily due to the rich presence of tocopherols, nutrients in the vitamin E family. Research has shown that argan oil can also improve the elasticity of skin in post-menopausal women.


An increasingly popular supplement for boosting skin health is collagen. At its core, collagen is a specialized elastic protein structure that plays many important roles in the body, including acting as a building block of the structure of bones, the cushioning of joints and supporting the structure of our underlying skin.


There are three types of collagen in the body. Type I” collagen makes up 80 per cent of collagen in adult skin and it’s this form that is susceptible to breakdown UV radiation. In fact, signs of photo-aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, are related to the decrease in Type I collagen.


The most common supplemental form is hydrolyzed collagen, which is thought to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, an important antioxidant and developmental component of the skin. Daily supplementation with collagen by adult women (35 to 55 years old) has been shown to improve skin elasticity, which is an indicator of youthfulness.


And finally, omega 3 fish oil isn’t just for heart health, mood and memory – it’s also for beauty! As our skin grows, the skin cells of the dermis slowly work their way to the surface to become the outermost layer: the epidermis. As we age, these exterior cells become thinner. This decreases the ability of the epidermis to retain moisture, causing dryness.Meanwhile, the ability of our dermal cells to replenish and repair the top layer of skin begins to slow, which causes wrinkling. Omega-3s strengthen this outer membrane (epidermis) of the skin, reducing water loss.


Look for all of these great products and more at The Hollow Willow Health Store and get your glow on!