Dear Pharmacist: I met you at a book signing and was in awe of how good you look at 47 years old. Your skin was radiant and you look 30-something. What's your secret? — L.J., San Diego
A: Thank you, that warms my heart because I work at that. I don't believe in making yourself look like a mannequin with all sorts of shots, plumpers or designer lotions. Skin hydration tops my list. I'm constantly spraying facial toner (alcohol-free), and I keep a miniature sprayer in my purse to spritz myself. This habit also helps prevent razor bumps and is fabulous right after a bikini wax.
What you eat will either nourish or damage your cells, and influence appearance. If you consume processed foods, or smoke and drink things that are "oxidants," you unleash free radicals that rust you. Wrinkling is just rusting of the skin. This is why antioxidants are beneficial.
Here are my other secrets:
Exercise. Nothing detoxifies the body like sweating. For me, it's yoga, Zumba or my infrared sauna.
Astaxanthin. This natural algae acts as an internal sunscreen. I take 12 mg daily. Astaxanthin is clinically proven to support joint health. Several well-designed studies conclude that natural astaxanthin prevents skin damage from ultraviolet rays, and this reduces sagging, wrinkles and dryness.
Zinc. I take a 20 mg lozenge every day, for three to four months each year, beginning in the fall or winter (because it also improves immunity). Zinc is known to help with wound healing.
Plant or fish oils. These "lubricants" add moisture to your skin, reducing fine lines and supporting heart health.
French green or Rose clay. This is a great overall cleanser for once a month. Add one drop of lavender, clary sage and tea tree essential oil for added benefit.
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