Back in July of 2001, I ran across a reference in one of my journals about a doctor named Nicholas Perricone, M.D. who was advocating diet as a way to improve your skin. He wrote a book called the Wrinkle Cure and it discussed the importance of diet and using vitamins and other nutrients on the skin to help get rid of wrinkles. He was a dermatologist who had developed some products using Alpha Lipoic acid, Vitamin C and other nutrients to make the skin look younger without surgery. Honestly, I have always thought that wrinkle creams and most beauty products were a useless waste of money. But, anything that says "nutrition" and "no surgery" has my immediate attention.
I found his website and ordered his book and a few of his products. After a few days (not weeks) I noticed a difference in my skin. I thought it might be my imagination but enough people made comments on my skin to convince me that the change was real. I had a few other people try it and I saw a difference in their skin, too. After 3 months I stopped using the products and found that my skin started changing back to its former condition. At first that was a disappointment but that is how health works. It is something that you have to work at everyday. It's the little things you do on a daily basis that makes you healthy or makes you sick. Wrinkling and aging are signs of nutritional deficiencies both internal and external caused by our environment and our lifestyle.
Dr. Perricone recommends a diet high in vegetables, fruits, protein and good fats. He is big on eating salmon, especially for breakfast. He also recommends vitamins, minerals antioxidants and EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) to aid the body's repair mechanisms. He encourages consuming lots of water to help hydrate the skin and is definitely down on sugar. Any of this sounds familiar? These are the things I tell everyone to do to get and stay healthy. Then, in addition to the dietary changes, he has his patients use the topical vitamins and antioxidants to repair damaged skin from too much sun or other transgressions. Usually this program will knock years off a person's face in a matter of days (shaving off my old gray beard helped a lot too!).
The one catch is that these products are not cheap though they do last a long time. The original products that I tested cost around $150 but they lasted for 3 months. You can find his products and more information at www.clinicalcreations.com. I've been told you can also find his products at Nordstrom Department store. If you are interested in more information, you can read the book or catch his program on PBS sometime.
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