Our skin is an intelligent organ and is in a constant state of renewal and repair. Our skin works 24 hours, seven days a week, and cells renew themselves every 27 to 30 days. The primary function of our skin is protection. Proper skincare is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of our protective organ. Our skin has three main layers;
The top layer called the epidermis and the layer responsible for regenerating itself. Skin cells on the bottom layer gather lipids (oils), proteins, and enzymes to mature and develop into the various layers to form our protective barrier. Skin cells (keratinocytes) move from the bottom of the epidermis (basal layer) to the top layer (corneum layer) slough off. Our epidermis is critical in helping prevent infection and dehydration.
We keep the skins’ renewal process stimulated and constant by incorporating ingredients such as vitamin A (retinaldehyde), which help speed up cell regeneration, and fruit acids (AHA’s or BHA’s) for exfoliation.
The next layer in your skin is your dermis, and this is the source of our skin’s nutrition, repair and the target of all anti-ageing skin treatments. All nutritional supply the epidermis needs comes from the dermis – antioxidants, vitamins, lipids, amino acids etc. The nutrient uptake is dependant on healthy circulation and the efficiency of the skin’s cells. This layer houses the fibroblasts cells, which produce collagen. When our skin is wounded, the wound healing process initiates the fibroblasts to produce collagen and heal the wound.
Our dermis is our thickest layer and is the crucial target for all skincare strategies. It consists of elastin, collagen and glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s). Fibroblasts are dependent on several nutrients to stay healthy – zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, P-lipoic acid and L-ascorbic acid (Vit A) and amino acids.
The dermis has a cell manager called the Macrophage. Its job is to keep the skin clean and free of bacteria and fungi. They also manufacture growth factors within our skin, which means they coordinate immune function in our skin. They maintain repair and help regulate collagen and elastin production.
3. Subcutaneous layer
The third layer of skin, our subcutaneous layer, lies beneath the dermis. It is the source of the skins stem cells, vitamins, minerals and cellular components. Fat cells also store toxins from our diet that can be dumped into the hair follicle to be excreted onto the skin.
Let Your Skin Do Its Work
Our primary focus with skincare is on the first two layers of skin: the Epidermis and the Dermis.
Developing healthier skin takes time. If you want beautiful, radiant, firm, clear skin, we need to address internal imbalances. If we only treat the symptoms, we will only get a temporary solution. Disturbances in the skin are a reflection of imbalances in the body. Diet and lifestyle play a critical role in the health of our skin. Treating eruptions on the skin without addressing underlying health issues is tackling the symptom and not the cause.
Beautiful skin is a combination of inner health and active cosmeceutical skincare. Nutritional deficiencies, toxins, overexposure to UV rays and ineffective skincare present an exciting set of challenges that require a more holistic approach if radiant skin is your desired goal.
Our skin is a reflection of what is going on inside us. When we smoke and eat toxic foods and exposed to chemicals, our body will experience an imbalance. When our body is out of control, it will flare up and reveal imbalances such as eczema, acne or cysts. Our skin will show our bad habits and environmental assaults by reacting with inflammatory responses. If our body lacks nutritional support, it cannot respond with the correct healing mechanisms to fight infection, heal wounds or create collagen. Our skin reacts at an optimal level, it needs internal nutrient-rich food and active ingredients the skin recognises.
By eating foods that prevent inflammation in our skin and support our skins natural healing ability, we can achieve and maintain healthy, youthful skin. If we increase nutrient delivery to the skin, we will improve its function and reach the beautiful, young and healthy skin we all desire.
Our skin is designed to renew itself; it’s an inside and an outside job.
Our skin is the first line of defence for protecting our bodies against external stressors such as ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, mechanical or chemical stress, and bacterial infection. Nutrition is one of many factors required for the maintenance of overall skin health.
If our skin is impaired nutritionally, it can’t function properly and, its normal barrier function shuts down. In particular, micronutrients (such as specific vitamins and minerals are essential for skin health.
5 Steps To Optimal Skin Nutrition
Our body and our skin function better when exposed to the proper nutrients.
- Eat fresh food. Stop eating processed food, bleached flour, refined sugar, preservatives, alcohol and hydrogenated fats.
- Eat whole grains. They help prevent a spike in blood sugar. Refined grains cause inflammation.
- Supplement (not replace) with prebiotic wholefood powders for additional fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
- Eat good fats – omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids. Your body and skin need good fats, like cold-pressed olive oil, fish, avocados, nuts and seeds.
- Hydrate your body with filtered water. Water improves your metabolism, detoxification, circulation and oxygenation.
Another way we can deliver nutrients into our skin is via liposomes. Liposomal delivery encapsulates nutrients in a lipid sac that protects it and penetrates deeply into the lower layers of the epidermis and the dermis.
Vitamin A (retinal) is an essential nutrient internally and topically. Retinal (retinaldehyde) is found in most of our fat cells in our body. Retinal can repair elastic fibres and collagen caused by UV damage.
Vitamin B3 is a critical vitamin in our skin as it increases the delivery of other nutrients to the dermis by increasing circulation. Other B vitamins are also highly beneficial for the skin.
Vitamin C promotes collagen production, diminish fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.
Vitamin E is highly beneficial as it resides in the cell walls, helping to protect against cellular damage. It also rejuvenates vitamin C.
Minerals are crucial for healthy skin – helping to keep pH levels balanced while playing an essential role in cell structure – magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, zinc, sulphur, copper, selenium, iron, manganese etc.
Lipids – applying lipids to the skin will improve the skin’s barrier function and hydration. They also normalise oil products along with preventing UVA damage. Lipids such as linoleic acid, linolenic acid, cholesterol and phosphatidylcholine add immense value to the skin.
To keep your skin healthy, you must eat nutritious food, keep your digestive system functioning correctly, and use nutrient-rich skincare. Consistency and having all the correct components are fundamental for the recipe to work correctly. Repairing your skin is like baking a cake. If you have all the right ingredients with the proper elements in the right quantities, you will achieve the right outcome.
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