Many people struggle with skin conditions like acne, rosacea, pigmentation or sun damage and experience overly oily, or dry skin, and wrinkles. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to skin problems such as dry skin, eczema and dandruff and can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, or even painful.
Your skin is a living organ and if it is to remain healthy, it must be well cared for by feeding, nourishing and protecting it, internally and topically. When our body receives the nutrients it needs our skin functions properly and is radiant, clear and plump.
There are two aspects to a healthy glowing skin:
- balanced nutrient rich diet
- nutrient rich skin care that works at a cellular level to bring about change.
Supernatural Skincare feeds the skin with nutrients that enable natural skin processes to work at optimal levels for cell health & wellness.
Selection of Supernatural key ingredient skin food:
Vitamins A, B, C, E, Aloe Vera Juice, Cranberry, Seaweed, Grapefruit Seed & Green Tea Leaf Extracts, Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Jojoba Oil, Almond Sweet Oils, Natural Vitamin E, Rose Absolute, Apple & Melon Fruit Extracts, Magnesium, Zinc & Copper, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Macadamia, Peptides, etc
Vitamins are required to support, growth, maintenance and wellbeing. Vitamins can be destroyed or leached out of our bodies if ingested in combination with tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, antibiotics and the contraceptive pills.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
- A, D, E, and K.
- These are absorbed, transported and stored along with fats in the body.
Water Soluble Vitamins
- B-group, C and the bioflavonoids (vitamin P)
- They are absorbed with water from the intestinal tract. They must be consumed on a daily basis.
VITAMIN A (two types – SuperNatural Skincare uses plant base vitamin A)
- Retinol – only found in animal sources. (liver, egg yolks, fat, oils and milk fat)
- Carotene – Pro-vitamin A, only found in plant form. (Broccoli, cantelope, carrots, yams, peaches, etc)
Functions of Vitamins
- Growth and repair of cells
- Health of mucous membranes and skin
- Formation of bones and teeth
- Stability of cell membranes
- Ulcers, lack of resistance to infections
- Brittle nails and hair
- Rough dry skin
- Various skin disorders.
- Helps the body absorb and utilise calcium and phosphorus
- Essential for normal growth of bones and teeth
- Stored in the liver
- Lack of resilience in the skin and tissues (loss of elasticity)
- Best, is limited sun exposure – fish liver oil, salmon, herring, sardines, caviar, butter, egg yolks and milk
- Protects food and nutrients from destruction by oxygen. (As an anti-oxidant, helps protect the cell membranes and for anti-ageing it protects against ageing due to oxidation and free radical damage.
- Vit E, extends the lifespan of all cells, especially red blood cells.
- Vit E enhances circulation, promotes wound healing and prevents scarring. It also increases stamina and power in muscle.
- Vitamin E is stored in fat deposits and in liver muscle.
- Dull dry hair, fat deposits in muscles, varicose veins
- Nuts, seeds, wholegrains, wheatgerm, cold pressed unrefined oils, fruits, vegetables and smaller quantities in eggs, butter, milk.
- Formation and maintenance of collagen.
- Anti-allergy, speeds healing, detoxification
- Normalises cholesterol levels in blood, anti-stress
- Easy bleeding
- Slow healing
- Highest: acerola cherries, blackcurrants, peppers, chillies, rosehips, parsley, broccoli, guava
- Next highest: brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chives, mustard greens, horseradish
- Medium: asparagus, artichokes, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, green leafy veg, strawberries, ripe tomatoes
BIOFLAVONOIDS (Vit P)
- Companions to vitamin C – they enhance its action and absorption.
- Protect Vit C.
- Faster healing of injured muscle.
- Bruising, breakdown of collagen
- Grapes, rosehips, citrus rinds, prunes, buckwheat, oranges, lemons, blackcurrants, parsley, grapefruit, pawpaw, tomatoes, broccoli
VITAMIN B-2 (Riboflavin)
- Promotes new cell growth
- Cracks and sores in the corners of the mouth, sore red tongue, a feeling of grit or sand inside eyelids, burning eyes, sensitivity to light, scaling around nose, mouth, forehead and ears
- Milk, cheese, yoghurt, liver, fish, eggs, brewers yeast, green leafy veg, wheatgerm, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, peanuts, split peas, lentils, rice bran.
VITAMIN B-3 (Niacin (nicotinic acid)
- Skin function
- Skin eruptions
- Liver, meat, chicken, fish, brewers yeast, wheat, peanuts, legumes
VITAMIN B-5 (Pantothenic acid)
- Formation of antibodies
- Liver, kidney, heart, brewers yeast, egg yolk, grains, royal jelly, alfalfa
VITAMIN B-6 (Pyridoxine)
- Antibodies, cross linking (strengthening) of elastin, fluid balance
- Fluid retention, loss of hair, cracks around mouth and eyes, sore lips and tongue
- Liver, kidney, milk, eggs, cheese, fish, wheatgerm, soybeans, brewers yeast, alfalfa, grains, lentils
Minerals are essential to the body for maintaining all physical and chemical processes. All tissue and fluids contain minerals. They strengthen bones and teeth, ensure the functioning of the heat and circulatory system, the brain and nervous system and the muscular and digestive systems. They are essential in the production of hormones and antibodies.
- pH of blood
- Muscle contraction and growth
- Blood clotting
- Dairy products, sardines, broccoli, watercress, carob, figs, sesame seeds, soybeans, shellfish, molasses, green leafy veg.
- Cell growth and division
- Nuts, sees, whole-grains, brown rice, green leafy veg, brewers yeast, seafood, raisins, bananas, molasses
- Absorptions and transport of nutrients
- pH of blood and tissues
- Grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, meat, fish, poultry, brewers yeast, lecithin, eggs, dairy products.
- Fluid balance
- High blood pressure, Oedema (fluid retention), pH of blood and tissues
- Salt, salted foods, stock cubes, coups, soybeans, cereal products, nuts, processed meats, snack foods, cheese, butter, bread
- Part of keratin – structural protein in hair, skin and nails
- Synthesis of collagen
- Skin disorders, hair and nail disorders
- Egg yolk, meat, fish, poultry, red peppers, nuts, garlic, onions, chives, asparagus, cabbage, brussel sprouts, horseradish, mustard.
- Synthesis of collagen, structure of hair, skin and nails
- Loss of elasticity in arteries
- Lettuce, cabbage, onions, green leafy veg, horsetail, oatstraw, pectin, whole-grains, alfalfa, kelp
- Conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A. Synthesis of collagen
- Brittle nails
- Liver, red meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, wine, eggs, brewers yeast, whole-grains, legumes, dark green leafy veg. Cider
- Protection against free radicals
- Cross-linking (protein chains) of elastin in connective tissue (elasticity in skin)
- Healing of wounds, burns, etc
- Stretch marks, acne, ulcers, boils, psoriasis, dry brittle nails, white spots or bands, poor circulation, poor wound healing.
- Red meat, liver, shellfish, herrings,
- Nuts, green leafy veg, mushrooms, onions, whole-grains, brewers yeast
- Free radical scavenger (mop up free radicals – ‘cell robbers’ pollutants in the body)
- Shellfish, oysters, legumes, soybeans, organ meats, nuts, seeds, raisins, prunes
- Wheatgerm, bran, whole-grains, nuts, green leafy veg, alfalfa
- Conversion of carotene to vitamin A
- Kelp, seafood, shellfish, iodised salt, mild
- Enhances Vitamin E functions
- Brewers yeast, garlic, onions, wheatgerm, bran, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, liver, eggs, tuna, herring
NUTRITION Diploma of Health Science – Advanced School of Beauty Therapy (Newcastle, NSE) and Natural Skincare College (Balwyn, Vic.)
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