I am no doctor, But....

I remember laughing out loud when Sean Connery was being recycled for his last James Bond movie. He said something to the effect of having to start taking his antioxidents to get ready for his next assignment. At the time, most people hadn't heard about them and had no idea what he was talking about.

According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine, "wrinkled, sagging skin is not the inevitable result of growing older. It is a disease and you can fight it. You can look your best, feel your best and enjoy beautiful skin and optimal health every day of your life, provided you start right now".

Basically what he is saying in his book is that what is going on in your body is reflected in your skin and you can change it! So what I am going to do is highlight for you the basics that you need to address to start you off and give you the resources you need to start your research to go further. There are basic nutrients that you can take orally and apply to your skin to improve your muscle tone, sagging skin and inflammation. As you know most vitamins are taken orally as pills or liquids (which might be easier to assimilate in the body). However, there are topicals that have been developed that are extremely effective in facilitating healthier skin. These are the ones that are added to those very expensive creams by movie stars and are applied by their personal makeup artists. You can get them in the vitamin stores now for a fraction of the cost. They are amazing and they really do work. There is a cream carried in the Vitamin Shoppe developed by Dr. Perricone from Reviva Labs, it contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester and DMAE. It costs about $14.00 and should last about 2 months.

As any real runner can attest, we endure the harshest conditions when we practice and compete. Wind (windburn), rain, dirt, sand, sun, sweat pouring down our face and countless toxins in the air cause inflammation (as do the foods we eat). Let's not forget cigarettes, smoke-inhaled or secondhand, stress, excess alcohol consumption, harsh soaps and sleep deprivation. There is nothing whoosie about applying an effective skin cream to our faces. By protecting the skin we are effectively providing our immune system with much needed support.

So what are antioxidents? These nutrients include certain vitamins, amino acids and other natural substances that can stop or reverse free radical damage and put an end to subclinical inflammation and micro-macro scarring.

What are free radicals? Our cells use oxygen to produce energy. In the process they generate free radicals, an unstable oxygen molecule created during basic metabolic functions such as circulation and digestion. They are also produced by sunlight, and by toxins such as pesticides, cigarette smoke and air pollution. In your body, they bounce around attaching themselves to other atoms and molecules, damaging virtually every part of the cell including the nucleus where our DNA is produced. They also damage the fats inside the cells. Many doctors believe that they are the primary cause for aging and age related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and arthritis. If free radicals succeed in taking the extra electron from the collagen molecule in our skin, that would damage the collagen and cause the skin to become discolored and stiff and less elastic.

There is a wealth of further information on this subject in this book:
The Wrinkle Cure by Dr. Nicholas Perricone


Email me on this subject

The Wrinkle Cure


Next Vitamin C


Is It

Orders &

& Use



News &

Strapman Enterprises LLC -  ©2006