Skin Care: Nutrients for Healthy Skin (cont.)

"You should get your basics in a multivitamin, and if you want to reap the benefits of all these other nutrients, get them in food, or use topical preparations," she says.

To some extent, Georgiana Donadio of the National Institute of Whole Health agrees: "It's not a matter of running out and spending a lot of money on vitamins. The idea is to use them in a very intelligent way that's healthful to you. But don't ever think they are the whole answer to dealing with a health problem, particularly aging skin."

Sullivan adds this skin advice: "The best approach is to drink plenty of water, use gentle products to cleanse your skin, always wear a sunscreen, and eat a balanced diet - then you can augment that care with nutritional supplements."

Published March 2005.

SOURCES: Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, founder and director, National Institute of Whole Health, Boston. Mary Sullivan, RN, executive vice president and co-founder, Olympian Labs, Scottsdale, Ariz. Rhoda Narins, MD, professor of dermatology, NYU School of Medicine, New York; president, American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, New Orleans, February 2002. American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, San Francisco, March 2003. The American Academy of Dermatology.

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