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
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
- High sugar consumption
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.
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 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.
Sunscreen May Not Prevent Skin Aging!
Recent studies have definitively established that UVA is a cause of skin ageing, and while sunscreens are an important part of any skin cancer prevention strategy, your sunblock may not prevent skin ageing because they are primarily designed to prevent sunburn.
The earth is continually being showered with solar radiation, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the sun. This energy is responsible for sustaining life on our planet and, yet, like many other good things, too much can be harmful. Infrared (IR) visible (VIS) and Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) are among the total spectrum of radiation that the sun emits: these three command most of our attention
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