Skin Care

Skin Care

Maintaining and Nourishing Your Skin

A Dogwood BlossomWe can all agree that an individual’s skin is the mirror to their inner health.  The toxins and imbalances within the body are reflected on one’s skin.  Doctors and researchers have concluded that by attacking the imbalances within the body that impact both inner and outer health, with the help of vitamins and nutrition, a healthier complexion and a happier you will appear.  Numerous studies have shown that products that are designed to help boost your immune system will result in a healthier and nourished you.

Skin problems can be caused by every day issues such as diet, stress, environmental toxins, allergies, sleep deprivation, soaps, hair products, make-up and many more lifestyle issues.  Government studies in the US and abroad have shown that 85% of the population between the ages of 12 and 25 years of age; have experienced some kind of negative or troublesome skin condition.  Now, because of unhealthy diets, stress, our environment and other key factors, problematic skin issues are now affecting the adult population.

We are conditioned to fight skin problems from the outside with creams, serums, lotions and potions.  However, to have truly healthy skin, one must treat their skin issues from the inside, as well as the outside of their body.  Vitamins are a great way to prevent and treat a variety of skin disorders.  Numerous studies suggest that vitamins A, C and E are increasingly important because of their antioxidant capabilities.

Antioxidants are critical for our overall health, as they have the ability to stabilize reactive, potentially harmful free radicals in the body.  Free radicals are thought to be the cause of many diseases from colds to cancer.  They damage a person’s DNA, causing unwanted changes in the basic building blocks of cells.  This damage can often be prevented, and sometimes reversed, with the healing properties of antioxidants.  Which is critical for your skin.

The three most commonly used antioxidants for improved skin health, are vitamins A, C and E.  Each works independently and in conjunction with other vitamins to reduce the effects of free radicals.  There are simple ways to add these antioxidants to your diet.

Vitamin A is found in many yellow and green vegetables, egg yolk, butter, liver, and fish oils. Retinoids, the active ingredient in Vitamin A, are more commonly known as Retinol in topical skin creams, lotions and ointments.  Retinoids, whether synthetic or natural, have many important biological effects such as regulating growth and differentiation in cells, diminishing malignant cell growth and strengthening the immune system.  Retinoid research has been done to verify its possible effects in combating acne.  In addition to combating acne, studies have shown that retinoids can reduce and prevent wrinkles, brown spots and actinic keratoses.

Vitamin A was also found to have positive results when used as a treatment for stretch marks, psoriasis and lichen planus. Several studies have found that regular supplements of both vitamins A and E were associated with as much as a 70% reduced risk for basal cell carcinomas.

Wound healing is an important indicator of skin health. To enhance wound healing, it is important that patients receive adequate amounts of each vitamin. Individuals whose bodies are vitamin A deficient, experience diminished wound healing, which is correctable by vitamin A supplementation. Vitamin C is considered critical in wound healing because it acts as a cofactor for several enzymes, which stabilize collagen.

Vitamin A, C and E are only part of the solution.  To fully enhance your skin from within, you will need to use products that offer a complete healthy combination of vitamins, amino acids and minerals.  For true healthy skin, we recommend products that contain a healthy dose of such vitamins and minerals as:

Vitamin A                   Niacin (as niacinamide)

Vitamin C                   Folate

Vitamin D                   Biotin

Vitamin E                   Zinc

Vitamin B1                 Selenium

Vitamin B2                 Copper

Vitamin B6                 Chromium

Vitamin B12               Pantothenic Acid

In addition to the above vitamins and minerals, any product one chooses should also have a healthy dose of key skin enhancing amino acids such as:

L-Lysine Hydrochloride

L-Cysteine

L-Arginine

L-Glutamine

Healthy skin is up to each of us to maintain. Covering our skin issues with topical products does help, but for truly healthy skin, one has to nourish their body with the right dose of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. To do any less, will keep you in a cycle of battling to diminish skin issues, rather than a proactive mode of simply maintaining your healthy, well nourished skin.

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