The best nutrients for your skin
It is easy to take your skin for granted, and to forget about the fact that it needs protection, love, attention and nourishment to look and feel its best. Think about it – your skin is the largest organ of your body and is the only organ to be interacting continuously with your environment. It is constantly working – it protects, insulates, regulates temperature, helps us sense and feel, synthesises vitamin D, controls evaporation of moisture, and even has an important role to play in communication with people around us. It is a hard working organ that never rests.
So that means it needs help from us to keep performing at its best – help from the inside, and the outside. But it can be confusing to know what to give your skin, and when.
It is important to maintain health and fight the signs of ageing
What you put in your body obviously impacts how you look on the outside. While a topical skincare routine is important to maintain health and fight the signs of ageing, this will have a limited impact if you are not eating the right things. There are a few nutrients that are known to have great benefits for the skin:
• Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps synthesise collagen and may lower the risk of cancer.
• Vitamin E – has an incredibly important role to play in your skin’s health as it helps to fight the free radicals caused by pollution and sun exposure – the things that are the cause of premature ageing.
• Omega-3 – provides essential fatty acids that keep your skin supple, promote skin repair, and maintain moisture content and elasticity.
• Vitamin A – flaky or dry skin could be a sign of a vitamin A deficiency. Again, this one is important for protecting against the damage caused by free radicals.
• Zinc – an often overlooked but important mineral, zinc helps your skin to heal and recover from damage. Acne sufferers may be helped by adequate zinc intake, as it also regulates the production of oil in the skin.
• Selenium – finally, though it may be little known, selenium is important for maintaining the firmness and elasticity of your skin. It promotes the absorption of vitamin E and can help to prevent acne.
Foods have beneficial properties for your skin!
There are also a few great foods that are known to have beneficial properties for your skin, so try to add these to your diet whenever possible and in moderation – olive oil, for an important source of monounsaturated fatty acids; dark chocolate, for antioxidants; oatmeal, to increase the production of androgens which leads to the secretion of more oil – great for dry skin; sardines, an important source of Omega-3; green tea, for antioxidants that boost the flow of blood and oxygen to the skin; soy, which helps to stop the breakdown of collagen; oysters – not everyone’s favourite, but they contain dietary zinc; eggs, for a source of protein without the fat; and red wine – yes, red wine! – which is a source of resveratrol, an anti-oxidant compound with anti-tumour properties.
The importance of staying hydrated
And you should never underestimate the importance of staying hydrated. Some 80 percent of our body is water, and hydration helps our digestive systems, our cells, and our immune system. But If guzzling litres and litres of water every day doesn’t sound like much fun, remember that there are foods that are great for hydration and a lot more interesting than plain water – watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini, aubergines, and carrots, for example, are packed full of hydration. Watermelon and cucumber in particular are more than 95 percent water.
And what can you do to nourish your skin from the outside? Many things! There is no cause for concern if you don’t manage to knock back oysters, red wine and dark chocolate on a daily basis because there are highly effective creams that are packed full of good nutrients and that are absorbed directly into your skin. This is a rapidly growing area in the aesthetic market, and vitamin creams are proving to have significant benefits. You can use them on a daily basis and they penetrate deeply, which is perfect if you want to target your skin in particular with nutrients.
pHformula ensures your skin is receiving the nourishment it needs
pHformula has a range of effective and unique Vita creams which work together to ensure your skin is receiving the nourishment it needs. The Vita A cream contains pure retinol, stimulating cell regeneration to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, and can also be effective in correcting blemishes. The Vita B3 cream prevents and reverses the visible signs of redness, pigment changes and skin ageing. It moisturizes 24 hours for intense hydration. And the Vita C cream is your skin’s protector – it can prevent and reverse visible signs of ageing and pigment changes, and contains prescription-strength magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, for superior anti-ageing.
Constant exposure to elements will begin wear your skin down
Remember that your skin is the organ constantly interacting with the outside world, and certain elements of the outside world can be harsh. Sun, wind, pollution, cigarette smoke, viruses, bacteria – your skin is tough, but constant exposure to these elements will begin wear it down. A good barrier is therefore one of the most important aspects of healthy skin. A compromised barrier function can lead to breakouts, dehydration, sensitization, and premature ageing. So skin repairing ingredients should be incorporated in your daily skincare routine to assist in restoring the skin, whilst providing barrier protection.
Your skin is living, breathing and hardworking – and it is up to you to ensure it is receiving the nourishment it needs.
Contact pHformula for your skin nourishing needs.