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Aging Skin, what can be Done?

Skin Aging:

The symptoms of aging skin is by far the most common reason why people come to see me.  We will all age along with our skin but there are ways and means to age better.

Skin Aging can mainly be attributed to

  • DNA damage
  • Free radicals
  • Inflammation
  • Glycation

Let’s have a look at these factors

  • DNA damage

We can thank Australia’s relationship with the sun for being the major culprit in producing UV damage which damages skin cells producing wrinkles, loss of elasticity and discolorations.  We must diligently use sunscreens to prevent UV damage and it’s unwanted consequences.   If the damage has already been done?  which is nearly always the case we still have some options.  We can use anti-oxidant rich topical treatments, a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and be more compliant with our sunscreen application.

  • Free radicals

The sun is not our only enemy on this front there are other factors that damage cells and produce free radicals such as

  • Air pollution
  • Smoking
  • High sugar consumption
  • Pesticides

The antidote to free radical damage is to ensure we are consuming plenty of antioxidant rich foods.  These tend to be brightly coloured fresh fruit and vegetables. (Berries, beets, dark leafy greens, citrus, grapes)

The oral supplement CoQu10 has been shown to neutralise free radicals that can damage proteins like collagen and elastin which are essential for a healthy skin texture and tone.

  • Inflammation

Is another big player in skin aging.  Free radical damage can initiate a cycle of inflammatory responses in the body and skin which can be difficult to subdue.  The skin condition Rosacea which is becoming more prevalent can be classified as an inflammatory skin problem.  Using skin care with anti-inflammatory ingredients can help in conjunction with a diet that is low in sugar and plentiful in food that contain Omega 3 fatty acids such as oily fish, walnuts and flax oil to name a few.  Regular exercise also helps the body to cope with inflammation.

  • Glycation

Glycation is a process where sugar molecules attach to and damage proteins like collagen and elastin.  It is a similar process that causes food to turn brown when heated.  The accumulation of accumulated glycation end products causes accelerated skin aging which is generally considered irreversible so prevention is crucial.  Our diet can play a big role in reducing our accumulated glycation end products load.  Drastically reduce the consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates your skin will thank you for it.

This is a brief and general look at aging skin please feel free to contact me  with any questions you may have and for more specific information.