“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”
~Dr. Georgiana Donadio
First thing first:
- Supplements can benefit you greatly, but only when they fortify a good diet. They can never take the place of a good diet.
- It’s usually best to work with a great healthcare practitioner (a highly qualified naturopathic doctor, nutritionist, holistic medical doctor, etc.,) in order to make sure you are taking the best supplements, in the right quantities, for the correct duration of time, all specifically for you, in order to create the best results.
- The following list is by no means a complete list of every nutrient that impacts your skin, but it is a very robust start for powering up you own skin health and integrity.
That being said, check out what these amazing little beauties can do for you and your complexion…
For Smoother and Firmer Skin ~
One of the best ways to improve both the firmness and the texture of your skin is by enhancing collagen production. There are great ways to do this at Rich Earth from the outside in, but you can do this from the inside out, too, and doing both together is a huge win/win for your complexion.
Amino Acids: Lysine, proline and glysine are amino acids that form the building blocks that create protein, and protein is what the collagen in your skin is made of. (Vitamin C is an essential co-factor in this formation process, and must be present in adequate amounts in order for the amino acids to do their job.) Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means you must obtain it through food and/or supplements, while theoretically your body can produce proline and glysine on its own. However, if you have digestive issues or other health concerns, your body may need extra support in obtaining these amino acids, too. (As a side note, lysine specifically is an extremely helpful alibi in helping cold sores to heal more quickly and, in some cases, helping to heal breakout-prone skin.)
Vitamin C: Without sufficient vitamin C, collagen breaks down. Collagen synthesis is a complex and specific process and Vitamin C plays a key role. Vitamin C can also be helpful in preventing discoloration of the skin and has an over-all brightening effect on your complexion. It almost goes without saying that vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant (meaning that it can help nullify the free radical damage that can occur in daily life, such as from sun exposure) as well.
Minerals: Iron is a co-factor along with Vitamin C in the creation of collagen, while copper and zinc are important for the formation of collagen fibers. Silica boosts the elasticity of your skin while magnesium facilitates healthy cellular function over-all. Deficiencies of these minerals can lead to skin structure breakdown.
Glucosamine: This building block for your connective tissue stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid within your body. Glucosamine is believed to not only speed wound healing, but to be able to increase the hydration of your skin and decrease wrinkles at the same time. Parsley and spinach are two foods that help your body to produce its own glucosamine. Glucosamine supplements are also available in vegetarian form. (Most standard forms of glucosamine supplements come from shellfish- something to be aware of if you have shellfish allergies.)
Hyaluronic Acid: This naturally occurring polysaccharide in your body helps to maintain the structural integrity of collagen and elastin, aids in tissue repair, and helps to provide your skin’s plumpness and firmness. The humectant quality of hyaluronic acid allows it to continually hydrate by drawing water into your skin and by helping your skin to maintain that water. (Hyaluronic acid can hold up to an astonishing one thousand times its weight in water.) We can begin to lose our naturally present hyaluronic acid as early as our late teens and early twenties, and this gradual loss tends to show up visibly by the time we are in our late thirties and early forties. A double blind study at Toho University in Japan found that taking hyaluronic acid in supplement form increases the moisture retention and smoothness of the skin. (Hyaluronic acid supplements are available in vegan form.)
For Deep, Radiant Skin Heath ~
Great, topical skin care products can go a long way in bringing out the glow in your complexion, but if you want to kick your skin’s health and appearance up a notch, there is just no ignoring the impact of nourishing your skin well from the inside out.
Co-enzyme Q10: Similar to a vitamin, Co-enzyme Q10 has several crucial roles in cellular health. First, it is one of the essential components in the biochemical process that produces biological energy (ATP) inside the cells. ATP is crucial for thriving, healthy cellular function. Second, CoQ10 is an exceptional antioxidant, helping to protect your skin from the damaging and aging effects of free-radicals. Third, CoQ10 supports vital enzyme activity (such as what is needed for efficient digestion) which ultimately supports healthy skin. Our natural levels of CoQ10 start to diminish around the age of thirty, making supplementation sometimes necessary.
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3, 6 and 9 are key fats that lubricate and keep skin supple, which greatly improves dry skin as well as all skin texture. They also aid in the production of hormones that improve skin health and help to combat the inflammatory damage caused by free radicals–one of the culprits of wrinkles and blotchiness. Omega 7, found in sea buckthorn, is a strong, moisturizing emollient that can support the regeneration of tissues.
Selenium: This mineral antioxidant helps safeguard the skin from sun damage (selenium has even been shown to reduce sun damage) and delays aging by protecting skin quality and elasticity. Food sources include Brazil nuts and wheat germ as well as (when needed) supplements.
Royal Jelly: A substance made by worker honey bees to nourish the queen bee of the hive. This potent nectar gives the queen greater longevity and fertility. When taken internally as a supplement by humans, royal jelly can help calm inflammation, speed wound healing, provide dense nutrition, improve immune function and help to regulate hormonal balance ~ all of which have a positive impact on your skin. (Generally not for those with allergies or sensitivities to bee products, black poplar or poplar buds, or if you are pregnant or nursing, unless instructed by your physician.)
Propolis: Bees collect this substance from tree barks and leaf buds, using it to keep their hive hygienic as well as to reinforce the hive. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties when taken as a supplement, as well as provides a high anti-oxidant content. There are strong indications that propolis is helpful in healing eczema and break-outs, as well as being beneficial to over-all skin health. (Generally not for those with allergies or sensitivities to bee products, black poplar or poplar buds, or if you are pregnant or nursing, unless instructed by your physician.)
Vitamin E: This antioxidant is one of the most powerful, bioactive antioxidant among all vitamins. It is fat-soluble, so it gives you much longer-lasting protection against free-radical damage. Supplying your skin with enough vitamin E can even reduce the appearance of age spots.
Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque, which impairs your blood flow. High homocysteines levels also trigger a stress response, which can cause acne breakouts and other inflammatory reactions like hives. Vitamin B6 encourages better oxygenation of your skin cells and reduces your cells’ exposure to stress damage.
Folate: Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6 and can also promote better oxygenation for your cells. Folate heightens your red blood cell production. A higher concentration of red blood cells means more oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissues. An abundance of oxygen encourages faster skin regeneration, improves nutrition intake and tends to improve over-all skin color.
Pantothenic Acid: This vitamin (also called B5) can be quite useful in helping to heal breakouts, dermatitis and skin allergies. It helps your body break down fat and regulates the oil production of your sebaceous glands. Pantothenic acid can also reduce your pore size and improve your skin tone.
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“You can’t enjoy life if you’re not nourishing your body.” ~ Tracey Gold
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“For this generation, ours,… the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.” ~ Jimmy Carter
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is always advisable to check with your health care practitioner before beginning a new health care regime, such as diet change or supplements.
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