Skin Health

Skin health is important.  The skin is our first line of defence against free radicals, UV radiation and all other environmental pollutants and toxins. When there is an internal problem our skin reveals symptoms of what may be occurring beneath the surface of the skin, with regards to our level of health and immune system. Our hormones play a key role in the health and wellness of our skin and are significant in their contribution to skin cell proliferation and the regeneration of the skin.

Anti-aging ingredients your skin needs:

Optimal hormone levels

Estrogen provides the skin with a number of benefits including improving inflammatory skin disorders and protecting against skin photo-aging from the sun. It has the ability to protect from free radical damage similar to antioxidants like vitamins C and E.  Estrogens help to build up the dermis by increasing cell division and growth of the skin.  They also hydrate the dermis and epidermis which makes the skin look fuller and reduces wrinkle depth.

Progesterone is considered the hormone of wisdom. It tightens connective tissue by remodelling collagen,the tissue that supports our skin structure.  Progesterone also stabilizes and regenerates the epidermis which keeps skin looking younger.

Testosterone is known as the hormone of power. It tightens skin structures,stimulates the breakdown of fat and strengthens the collagen strands that support the skin.  This stabilizes the connective and fat tissues within the skin which creates a firmer looking skin.

I like to use bio-identical hormones . They have the power to reduce signs of aging that show on the skin by helping boost collagen production in the body.

Reduce your stress

Stress hormones can worsen skin immune function as well as lower your body’s estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Get some sleep and, of course, hydrate your skin by drinking lots of filtered water.

Antioxidants 

Topically applied antioxydants are essential for skin :vitamin A, C, E, superoxide dismutase, beta carotene, glutathione, selenium, green tea, soy extracts, pomegranate extract and other antioxidants reduces or prevents some amount of the daily free radical damage and inflammation that destroy skin over time. They help skin heal and produce healthy collagen.

Oral dermaceuticals also more easily reach collagen and elastin skin fibres, thereby treating the origin of aging, rather than merely hiding the damage with a cosmetic: alpha lipoic acid, DMAE, MSM, grape seed extract, lycopene, coenzyme Q10, MSM, vitamin A, C, E, zinc, omega 3, probiotics and others.

Sunscreen

The sun ages the skin and causes skin cancer- in fact,sun is one of the most potent natural carcinogens around! About 75% of what we think of as aging is caused by unprotected sun exposure. Sun damage begins within the first minute of the skin being exposed to the sun.  To ensure you are getting sufficient UVA protection, your sunscreen must contain one or more of these active ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or Tinosorb.

Skin identical ingredients

Healthy and young skin naturally contains substances that keep it smooth,retain water,protect from environment, fight infection and repair skin’s actual outer and inner barrier structure. These ingredients range from ceramides to lecithin, glycerine, fatty acids, polysaccharides, hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, collagen, elastin, amino acids, cholesterol, glycosaminoglycans and many more.

Cell-communicating ingredients

As a result of sun damage, age and hormone fluctuations, skin cells become permanently damaged,which means they regenerate into irregular, mutated, rough, defective and older cells. The key players in this group are niacinamide, retinol, synthetic peptides, lecithin and adenosine triphosphate.

Lifestyle

Good healthy diet with : green tea, oatmeal, soy, kidney bean, sunflower seeds, peppers, cucumber, walnuts,

pomegranate, cocoa, greek yoghurt – some of the best skin nutrients.

  • Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and decreases redness and inflammation.
  • Kidney beans are rich in zinc and zap zits.
  • Sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E and contains essential fatty acids.
  • Peppers contains carotenoids,antioxydants.
  • Walnuts contains omega 3 fatty acids which improves skin elasticity and they are also loaded with copper that boost collagen production.
  • Oatmeal keeps blood sugar stable.
  • Soy can even out skin tone and decreases inflammation.
  • Pomegranate are packed with polyphenols antioxydants which fight free radicals.
  • Cocoa hydrates the skin,contains flavonoids and improves luminosity of the skin.
  • Greek yoghurt is beneficial preventing wrinkles and making your skin smoother.
  • Avoid sugar and hidden sugars like fructose, lactose and maltose.

Avoid smoking.

Drink alcohol (red wine) only in moderation .

Excercise

Aesthetic procedures and treatments

These solutions can be incorporated to help soften the passage of time. I recommend chemical peels for my patients as well as botox and fillers

 

Looking after your skin has many more implications than just a youthful appearance.  It can oftentimes stop disease from happening in you.