Skin Health: Inside Out

Skin Health: Inside Out

Did you know that what you eat you wear?

Old habits are hard to change. Very true. Yet when we can see evidence to support the change, the chances are we will make the change and stick to it. 

Skin care is one of the most challenged ‘habit’ and heavily influenced by marketing.

Just allow yourself a few moments to think back why you purchased  your current skin care products? Was it because of scientific evidence to support the claims on the packaging? Did it look fresh and clean? Was it the price?

Whatever the reason, I can guarantee that on the information leaflet you will not find any nutritional advice to enhance the actions promised within the product.

Why? Because selling you a bag of fresh vegetables on a skin care counter doesn’t support the ‘dream’ the brand is selling to you.

Your skin is your largest organ and constantly renewing itself

 

That is the important fact I wish you to focus on….. Your skin is constantly renewing itself.

The outer layer of your skin is replaced every month, yet decline begins from the age of 25, replacement of your cells slow. By 45 the skin has become thinner increasing the risk of damage due to its fragile state. This is a natural process partly due to hormone changes.

Not only does the speed at which your skin replaces itself slow, coils of collagen weaken. Collagen gives your skin strength and elasticity. The collagen coils are challenged every day by abuse of high levels of sugar in the blood, and toxin waste. The result is dry skin, looser less plump appearance and with capillary shrinkage the youthful colour fades.

A few years ago ‘sagging skin’ and ‘loss of plumpness’ was considered a natural ageing process and that little could be done to mange it. 

Thankfully today there is something we can do and it is something everyone can do

I will share with you some changes you can make today. No fancy packaging, No false promises, No high price tags.

What you eat today
you wear on your skin tomorrow

Influencing how your skin looks, starts with what you put in your mouth. 

What you eat feeds your internal organs, but remember your skin is your largest organ.

Imagine you have just eaten a slice of pizza served with potato wedges and mayonnaise. It really doesn’t matter how low fat the ingredients are, it is the nutrient content that is important.  What was the % of vitamin and mineral  in the meal? It is safe to assume very little.

In the morning the odds are your skin will look tired, flat and possibly dry? What about your energy levels? Odds are you will feel lethargic, possibly have some abdominal bloating.

Lets do this again.

You have just eaten a rainbow salad of organic vegetables, fruits and nuts. The dressing was a a exotic flavour of olive oil, crushed chili and lime juice. You drank filtered water with floating strawberries and a dash of lime juice.

On waking you will feel energised. A clean fresh face that supports the image you require for the high powered business meeting you have stares back at you in your mirror. Your highly functioning brain and cells are packed full of antioxidants to fight off any form of attack, even that which  is internal ‘Stress’. You are powered and ready to face another day.

Which scenario would you chose? 

Interesting Fact: Your collagen in the dermis layer of the skin is made when vitamin C converts proline (amino acid) into hydroxyproline.
No vitamin = No collagen.

Now that grabbed your attention.

Your vital Skin Health: Inside Out Guide

Vitamin A Dry rough skin is often seen when vitamin A levels are low Vitamin A cream /Supplements Carrot
Sweet potato
Kale
Spinach
Broccoli
Vitamin B12 Poor absorption rate as we age. Vital to protect DNA to promote cell renewal Fish / Supplements Almond milk
Almonds
Vitamin A Supports natural protection from photo-aging (UV-A) Vitamin A cream / Supplements Carrot
Sweet Potato
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Squash
Lettuce
Dried Fruits
Cantaloupe
Bell Peppers
Vitamin C Protects DNA reduces errors in cell production Vitamin C cream Cantaloupe
Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit
Kiwi fruit
Mango
Papaya
Pineapple
Strawberries Raspberries Blueberries Cranberries
Watermelon

 Hydration

Youthful skin gains its youthful appearance through naturally water plumped cells.

Vitamins help the dermis layer retain water, though unless there is an  adequate level of water within your system the skin will be the last organ to receive any excess water.

To support the water being held within the cells there must be a healthy cell membrane. Without going into the scientific elements, your cell membrane contains lipids (fats) and to maintain the health of these important fats, a good intake of omega-3 and 6 is vital.  Mackerel sardines, salmon are all great for this, or flax seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts. Omega 6 is found is sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.

Olive oil is also a good source of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

Water intake is essential and the amount you require is unique to you. However, as a rough guide aim for a 8 x 250mls glasses a day.

Summary: Skin Health: Inside Out

Drink the equivalent of 8 glasses of water (filtered) a day

Eat Omega-3 and 6

Omit as much sugar as possible.

Apply Vitamin A and C cream to the skin twice a day

Supplement Vitamin B12, A, C, D, Zinc and Omegas.

 

To learn more about how nutrition promotes skin health book a 1:1 consultation now to discuss effective ways to achieve healthier skin.