Nat­u­ral ways to stop skin age­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - Cos­metic com­pa­nies will have us be­lieve that their lat­est cream will see us look­ing 10 years younger. Do anti-age­ing prod­ucts ac­tu­ally work? And if not, is there any­thing we can do to fight the signs of age on our skin? Re­gards, Ch­eryl. Dr Libby has a new

Hello Ch­eryl. I am not an ex­pert in the ef­fects of what skin com­pa­nies cre­ate. I do how­ever, un­der­stand the nu­tri­ents re­quired for healthy skin and foods and nu­tri­ents that can help slow the phys­i­cal signs of ag­ing from the in­side out.

Your skin is not sim­ply a layer, it is an or­gan, and sup­port­ing its health from the in­side out is im­por­tant not just to the ap­pear­ance and func­tion of the skin but also our over­all well­be­ing.

The skin is re­spon­si­ble for a mul­ti­tude of tasks, most of which of­ten go un­no­ticed and are un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated. Our skin pro­tects us from dis­ease and blocks harm­ful par­ti­cles in the air that we are exposed to daily. It ab­sorbs sun­light and con­verts it into vi­ta­min D – a vi­ta­min crit­i­cal to our bones and teeth.

While skin ac­com­plishes all of this on its own, it still needs sup­port in or­der to thrive, not just func­tion. The way I look at it, with ev­ery blem­ish or rash, the skin is ask­ing us to un­der­stand its na­ture, and sup­port its ef­forts at self-re­newal.

To help peo­ple change the way they con­sider and there­fore treat their skin, I find it most pow­er­ful to help peo­ple un­der­stand what the skin does each day, and how best to sup­port its work.

Our skin is ac­tu­ally made up of three lay­ers, which to­gether, act as the per­fect shield. The out­er­most layer is re­newed ev­ery month. It is called the epi­der­mis and this is the part that you can see. The mid­dle layer, called the der­mis, plays a crit­i­cal role in how hy­drated the skin is. Un­derneath that is the sub­cu­ta­neous layer, the foun­da­tional layer of the skin. All three lay­ers work to­gether to form healthy, vi­brant skin.

For clear, beau­ti­ful skin that con­tin­ues to re­new and re­store it­self ef­fec­tively, we can start by eat­ing real food. Real food, as it comes in na­ture, is packed with a range of nu­tri­ents, all of which pro­mote great skin. Re­duce your con­sump­tion of pro­cessed food, caf­feine and al­co­hol, en­sure good hy­dra­tion by con­sum­ing wa­ter and pay at­ten­tion to the dif­fer­ence this alone makes to your skin.

Vi­ta­min C is par­tic­u­larly help­ful for skin, as it helps to com­bat free rad­i­cal dam­age, which is part of what causes the signs of age­ing and wrin­kles. Citrus fruit, ki­wifruit, cap­sicum and broc­coli are all rich in vi­ta­min C.

The skin also loves fat. Fat as­sists the skin to main­tain an ad­e­quate mois­ture bar­rier, which in turn helps the skin to re­main soft and pre­vents dry­ing. Flaky and dry skin, or cracked heels and cu­ti­cles, can be a sign that you are lack­ing in es­sen­tial fatty acids.

The anti-in­flam­ma­tory omega3 fatty acids are par­tic­u­larly

help­ful for the skin and can be found in oily fish (like sus­tain­able sar­dines or salmon), flax seeds, chia seeds and wal­nuts. C

The skin­care you choose needs to help sup­port the func­tion and action of the skin as the or­gan it is, not suf­fo­cate or in­ter­fere with it. Plus, you want any prod­ucts to be made from in­gre­di­ents that don’t add to the load of the detox­i­fi­ca­tion mech­a­nisms in your body. You can help de­crease the syn­thetic chem­i­cal load in your life by con­sid­er­ing what you put on your skin.

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