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By: Lisa M. Crary
Posted: July 30, 2013, from the August 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Visible signs of lack of hydration include:
- Dry, dehydrated skin;
- Loss of structural integrity and density in the dermis; and
- Excess buildup of keratin.
Supplement recommendations depend on clients’ individual food intake and habits. By carefully analyzing a client’s dietary habits, you may be able to make recommendations based on which nutrients they lack. It is important that you recommend clients contact their physician before starting a new supplement program. Also, be able to refer a qualified nutritionist they can work with to help get their intake on track. Generally, the supplements most beneficial for skin include the following.
- Antioxidants—remember, food is the best source of antioxidants that protect against free-radical damage.
- Hyaluronic acid
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
To positively affect the aging process, it is important to work at both the cellular level of the skin, as well as topically to supply these same nutrients, particularly antioxidants and EFAs.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important to skin care. Any lifestyle habit that promotes free radicals—such as smoking, excessive exercise and poor dietary habits—creates inflammation and accelerates the aging process. Tobacco smoke has been shown to decrease capillary and arteriolar blood flow, and may harm the fibroblasts in connective tissues necessary for plump skin. As a result, cigarette smoke expedites the aging process, creating wrinkles, and alters the overall framework of skin.7
Stress can also have an impact on skin appearance. High stress levels increase the level of the hormone cortisol, which increases sebum production and makes skin more vulnerable to acne.8 Stress affects the lipid barrier function of the skin, which prevents the skin from naturally repairing itself. Internal inflammation and increased sensitivity are other noted side effects of chronic stress.9
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