The answer? Pycnogenol, an anti-aging supplement derived from pine bark. Rosemary Ellis, Good Housekeeping’s Editor in Chief and Pina LoGuidice, Co-medical Director, Inner Source Natural Health both long time Pycnogenol users, share its anti-aging properties with consumers.
Pycnogenol has incredible skin smoothing and plumping properties. It tells the cells to double their anti-oxidant properties. It further increases an enzyme that generates more hyaluronic acid in the skin by an astonishing 44%. Hyaluronic acid is key in keeping our skin moisturized.
As we age, we lose water from our cells. Once the water is lost, the skin sags into those areas where the plump cells once were. Pycnogenol stimulates the cells that have been devoid of water, the cells plump out and once again fill out the skin.
Pycnogenol Dosage and Usage:
Pina LoGuidice recommends 25 mg three times daily for a minimum of 12 weeks and you may see a significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles for a more smooth overall appearance. Pycnogenol is perfectly safe in higher doses as well
Pycnogenol Side Effects:
There are no known side effects, but in extreme cases, can cause headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Pycnogenol has even been found to help pregnant women with the aches and pains and general side effects of pregnancy.
For those consumers looking for a topical alternative, look for a cream or serum with Pycnogenol or pine bark on the label. Use a dime sized amount in the am and pm.
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