The beauty industry is big business, with new products hitting the market every day.
While topical solutions may have benefits, the deeper results occur when you incorporate diet with exercise into your daily routine.
According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there is strong evidence that both Vitamin C and fatty acids (Omega 3-6-9) reduce the signs of aging and promote overall better health.
The report states, “Higher intakes of Vitamin C and linoleic acid and lower intakes of fats and carbohydrates are associated with better skin-aging appearance. Promoting healthy dietary behaviors may have additional benefit for skin appearance in addition to other health outcomes in the population”*
Increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids can help calm and moisturize your skin, as well as help, prevent premature aging. Zinc helps to metabolize testosterone, which decreases sebum production and aids in the prevention of acne. Zinc is also found to assist in new cell production, which lends to that overall healthy glow.
Other natural sources for Omega-3 fatty acids are found in poultry, eggs, most vegetable oils, cereals, whole-grain bread and acai berries. A study published in the Journal of Lipid Research also found EPA’s (fish oils) to be effective to preventing photoaging as well as treating aging skin when used topically. **
Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen which is essential to firm, healthy skin. Sun exposure and natural aging cause collagen to break down which results in lax and sagging skin. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant, which helps to stabilize free radicals, which can cause premature aging. Vitamin C is excellent both topically and as a food source for long-term, healthy-looking skin.
Red and green vegetables contain Vitamin A and beta-carotene. If you want a quick pick-me-up for your skin, vegetables such as spinach, carrots, and kale are excellent sources. Spinach is also an excellent source of iron but should be consumed with citrus rich in vitamin C for optimal absorption.
For probiotics, Dr. Dundas recommends Metagenics Ultraflora as it boosts the immune system and helps with the absorption of nutrients.
* Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women – Maeve C Cosgrove, Oscar H Franco, Stewart P Granger, Peter G Murray, and Andrew E Mayes
** Photoprotective and anti-skin-aging effects of eicosapentaenoic acid in human skin in vivo