“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.”
– Christian Dior
I believe the secret to aging gracefully is to keep our spirits young with laughter, gratitude, and creativity. I once met a mutual friend who looked 50 years old instead of her actual biological cage of 60 years old. I didn’t have to ask her secret for her youthful looks. Her natural laughter and sense of humor was just amazing. I am a firm believer that humor is important. It helps us deal with the stresses of life, is a form of pure enjoyment and taps our creativity and “funny bone.”
In the world of skin and beauty, there are so many tips to keep one looking gorgeous and young. I want to share four “beauty secrets” that are not really secrets. Actually, these tips keep me feeling healthy, young and beautiful.
1. Taking care of yourself
2. Maintain a healthy active brain through learning
3 . Encouraging positivity
4. Giving of oneself
Taking care of myself includes exercise , skin care, diet and makeup. Some have asked me what beauty or anti-aging products I use. They say that one should keep beauty tips a secret but no , I want to share a few of beauty secrets here . Every woman should use sunscreen no matter what the latest beauty products are in the market. These beauty secrets were written in 2010 and I have added two new regimens to my diet: juicing with a Matstone juice and a food supplement called Premium HyC 150!
The Premium HyC 150 Dietary supplement
My sister, a doctor gave me the go-signal before I added Premium HyC 150 as a food supplement . This dietary supplement is manufactured by FINE Japan Co. Ltd and is now distributed in the Philippines.
As is my usual habit, I researched for clinical studies to support the youth-inducing elements of the supplemental drink: fish collagen, hyaluronic acid, and ubiquinol. These elements are also aided by other active ingredients like vitamin C, biotin, elastin and Pearl Coix. Allow me to tackle three ingredients.
This particular clinical study shows that “Elastin peptides prepared from piscine and mammalian elastic tissues inhibit collagen-induced platelet aggregation and stimulate migration and proliferation of human skin fibroblasts .” Collagen is produced by skin cells called fibroblasts. This confirms other collagen supplement studies too. For skin and beauty (i.e. anti-aging), Type I Collagen is considered to be the best. Type 1 collagen comprises 90% of skin, hair, nails, organs, bone, ligaments.
Research in dermatology has shown that when Type I (overall body) collagen is increased, the results are visible in the skin. As the skin undergoes natural chronological aging, and is attacked through photoaging, the natural skin structure begins to deteriorate. Fortunately, lost body collagen stores can be effectively replaced through the right supplements.
Premium HyC 150 uses the more superior fish collagen. Fish collagen peptides generally cost more than other sources of collagen. Collagen also counters the effects that excessive sun exposure, pollution, and bad weather can do to our skin. Meanwhile, hyaluron is shown to have a durable effect to retain moisture in the skin from inside the body. It gives you moisture to lubricate joints and tissues allowing you to stay active.
Complementing the collagen and hyaluron is Vitamin C which plays a critical role in collagen synthesis. ( see clinical study on Effect of vitamin C and its derivatives on collagen synthesis and cross-linking by normal human fibroblasts) When taken orally, as well as applied topically, it activates the body’s own mechanisms for producing collagen.
Finally, ubiquinol is a substance naturally produced by the body to protect us from the environmental toxins that enter it, damage its cells, and injure its systems. It also slows down any weakening of vessel walls, nerve tissue, and organ linings brought about by physical harm, pollution, a poor diet, and the normal wear and tear that comes with age.
How has it been so far? I have used Premium HyC 150 for a week now and I will update you once I visit my dermatologist for a quarterly check-up on my skin. I have tried mixing the powder in plain water and even in my juices . Drinking it plain leaves no aftertaste. In fact there is a slight semi-sweet taste. I am excited to see the long term benefits of this food supplement in my diet.
Aging gracefully is a way of life . Happiness is a secret weapon . It means leading a meaningful and active life; maintaining a positive attitude; taking care of my skin and eating a balanced diet together with juicing and a food supplement drink for my skin like Premium HyC 150.
Note: Please check with your doctor if this food supplement is suited for you.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food registration number is FR -120316 issued September 10, 2014 (Hyaluron, & Collagen + Ubiquinol Dietary Supplement powder registered as a food supplement with NO approved therapeutic claims)