But, other than genetics, what factors really influence the skin’s health, regenerative potency and ability to age gracefully?
A Look at Nutrition for Healthy Skin
In most instances, when we think and speak about the skin, our focus is on the face. However, with a conscious awareness of its many functions, we realize that beautiful, radiant skin is more than a pretty face. It is the outer reflection of a well-nourished, vibrant, healthy body.
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It functions as a protective barrier, eliminates toxins through sweat, gives us the experience of touch sensation, regulates body temperature, stores water and synthesizes Vitamin D from UV light.
To perform well, as in the case with other organs and body systems, it must be properly nourished from the inside. And, the really great news is…. many foods that create beautiful skin also nourish vital organs, encourage detoxification, help prevent disease and slow down the aging process.
Some of the many foods that promote radiant, glowing skin are: blue berries, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, spinach, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, seafood including cold water fish and oysters, walnuts, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and non-GMO whole grains. Food and substances to avoid include sugar, saturated and trans fats and alcohol.
The skin is a huge water reservoir. The dermis (deeper layers of the skin) contains about 70% of its water while only 13% is contained in the epidermis (the most superficial layer of the skin). Severe consequences resulting from the loss of just a trace amount of moisture from the epidermis include dryness, gray or tired looking skin, premature aging and ultimately, creases and wrinkle formation. Adequate, daily water intake is essential for overall health. It purifies the body, promotes cellular integrity, tissue regeneration and gives skin a clear, firm, youthful appearance.
Environmental Factors and Lifestyle
When properly nourished and hydrated, the skin is very resilient. However, it must be protected from harsh environmental conditions such as sun, wind, extreme cold and heat. It is also seriously damaged from smoking. Daily skin care, proper rest including sufficient sound sleep and stress management are critical elements of a lifestyle that creates and sustains healthy, beautiful skin.
Minimizing the Appearance of Aging Skin
The healthy, youthful appearance we strive for must be a reflection of inner body, mind and spirit wellness. The most visible sign of that holistic wellness is glowing, healthy skin.
Although premature aging of the skin can be avoided, eventually facial wrinkles and creases start to appear. This occurs as the underlying collagen and elastic fibers break down and the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases with natural aging.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance; held primarily in the skin to provide volume and plasticity. Although facial wrinkles and creases appear as hyaluronic acid levels decline, excessive squinting, frowning and smiling can contribute to their formation.
Fortunately, aging skin’s appearance can be improved by softening wrinkles, plumping-up folds or with lip enhancements using dermal fillers. These products are made from synthetic forms of hyaluronic acid; commonly used in moisturizers and other cosmetics. It binds with water and expands a thousand times its volume; becoming the ideal filler material for wrinkles and folds.
Several commonly used dermal fillers are gels. They are
injected into the skin with a very fine needle and work with the body’s own hyaluronic acid; creating volume to lift up wrinkles and folds. The result is a healthy, youthful, vital appearance. They create a more natural, sensual look when injected into the lips.
Over time, the gels dissolve and completely exit the body. Skin cells and tissues remain healthy due to free passage of important nutritive elements like oxygen and hormones. Dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as Botox injections.
Treatments are customized and results can be seen immediately. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please call (703) 349-2382.