Anti-aging Skin Care Report – Part 3

//Anti-aging Skin Care Report – Part 3

Anti-aging Skin Care Report – Part 3

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In Parts 1 and 2 of the Anti-aging Skin Care Report you have learnt that although aging is a sure thing, you are able to slow down some of the obvious signs of the ageing process if you wish. For example skin dryness, loss of elasticity or a wrinkled appearance. How good is that?

So in Part 3 of the Anti-aging Skin Care Report I am going to provide you with some more food for thought -literally.

We will take a look at:

  • How to Eat Your Way To Healthier Skin
  • The effects of exercise and
  • How to Lower Your Toxic Load
  • How to Ward Off the Signs of Aging
  • What to Look For When Buying a Skin Care Product.

And in case you have just landed on the page, here’s what you have missed so far.

In Part 1 of the Anti-aging Skin Care Report we discussed

  • What Really Accelerates Skin Aging?
  • The 2 Theories of Aging
  •  How Oestrogen Keeps the Ladies Young

In Part 2 of the Anti-aging Skin Care Report we looked at:

  • Sun Exposure – Good Or Bad?
  • Loss Of Elastin Fibers In Aging Skin
  • Abnormalities In Skin Circulation
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Eat Your Way To Healthier Skin

Candida Female Without doubt, diet will play an enormous role in whether you are healthy on the inside and the outside. The skin is the largest organ of the body and will reflect the health of the body.  Nutrients are essential to replenish cells and maintain good tissue integrity. A good healthy skin diet will include antioxidants, vitamin and mineral rich foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins.

The diet should be low of processed and sugar rich foods. Replace gluten foods with nourishing foods such as a green salad. When we fill up on the typical gluten containing foods such breads, pastries,pies, cakes or biscuits, we are going to eat less of the nutrient dense foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. There are numerous reasons to keep the amount of gluten in the diet low. In evolutionary terms, it is a relatively new food. Some research will tell you that around 67% of people have a problem with gluten. This is aside from those people diagnoses with celiac disease who have tested positive to IgA antibodies.


Gluten is a problem for many reasons including;

  • the fact that it is nutrient poor, calorie rich and breaks down to sugar;
  • it can block the absorption of zinc – the most important nutrient for wound healing;
  • it is a sticky substance that adheres to the walls of the cells;
  • it is linked to damage to the wall of the small intestine. If gluten is eaten more than twice a week it is difficult for the integrity of the small intestine wall to repair itself;
  • gluten is high on the “allergy” list of foods in people with dermatitis;
  • gluten is a problem for around 40% of people with psoriasis.

Closely related to gluten problems is the intake of excess ‘junk food’. Most junk food comes with gluten containing foods such as bread rolls. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are at record levels which is largely due to dietary changes. Skin problems related to excess weight and diabetes include leg ulcers, aconthosis nigricans. Decrease sugar containing food and drinks. If you are drinking soda, soft drinks or juice, you probably have a high intake of sugar. Instead replace these drinks with immune boosting coconut water, filtered water or herb teas. Do not replace sugar containing drinks with Sugar Free Options – these are often sweetened with fructose or artificial sweeteners which come with a whole list of problems!

Increase your intake of;

  • fermented dairy foods such as yoghurt and kefir
  • green leafy vegetables – they are high in phytonutrients
  • zinc rich foods such as oysters, beef, lamb,lean pork shoulder, chicken, pumpkin seeds, cashews, mung beans, mushrooms Turmeric& spinach;
  • antioxidant rich drinks such as green tea, brewed coffee and red wine;
  • healthy sugar replacements such as stevie (if you can stand the taste), xylitol or trehalose;
  • eat immune enhancing coconut and coconut milk (use in your curries);
  • eat lots of turmeric, garlic and onion (unless you have a problem with sulfur) that are high in allicin which has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal activity;
  • foods high in Omega 3. Western diets are high in Omega 6 and this imbalance of raised 6:3 is proinflammatory. Eat more omega 3 rich foods such as walnuts, salmon, sardines, prawns or shrimps, soy beans, tofu, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and pumpkin.
  • Flax seed is also high in omega 3’s however only 10% of people are able to convert it to EPA/DHA;

Adequate water is of course necessary to hydrate the body and flush out toxins. Try to drink only filtered water. One of the main reasons why we have excess copper is the copper that comes from water pipes. This is especially important in Australia and New Zealand where we have zinc deficiency. When excess copper it causes an imbalance of the zinc to copper ratio which is highly linked to skin problems.

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Exercise – How does it affect the way your skin looks?iStock_women & treadmillSMALL

A regular exercise program can contribute to healthy skin in several different  ways. Firstly we know that regular exercise is linked to lower stress levels.

Given that stress is a primary trigger of skin problems, especially with acne, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis, any stress lowering activity will be good for the skin. Exercise increases blood flow and any movement will help to stimulate the lymphatic system. The blood and lymphatic system helps to deliver oxygen , fluid and nutrients to the cells as well as remove toxins. Exercise is also well known for its weight controlling benefits.

Exercise can help with controlling insulin resistance also, which as you have found out, is a trigger for inflammation.  Hence from an inflammatory point of view, exercise can help maintain the condition of the skin. One study found that physical activity may curb skin diseases. This occurs as a result of the effect of physical activity on oxidative stress whereby regular moderate activity protects against the harmful effects of Reactive Oxygem Species and Reactive Nitrogen Species.6

Lower Your Total Toxic Load

Toxic load is the combination of all toxins in the body. This can be due to heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, air pollutants, drugs and more. The skin is the most exposed organ to environmental factors including heavy metal stress and is subsequently often damaged by the effects of chemicals. Various genotoxic effects can occur to the cells as aSMOG result of heavy metals including:

  • Oxidative stress
  • DNA sequence breakage
  • Protein modification
  • Damage to collagen production  as a result of the over-expression of collagenases (in particular due to nickel)
  • Weakening of the extracellular matrix.

In summary, the toxins and free radicals damage DNA and alter the cells ability to survive and reproduce.  “Plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to protect their cells from heavy metal toxicity, including the synthesis of metal chelating proteins and peptides, such as metallothioneins and phytochelatins (PC), which capture the metals and prevent the damages on the cellular structures.” Metal chelators are often added to skin care products to make the product more stable.

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Ward Off The Visible Signs Of Aging

There are many reasons why the skin ages but the obvious visible affects are:

  • The skin is thinner and more susceptible to damage as a result of the skins ability to reproduce;
  • The skin begins to sag and has an increased appearance of wrinkles as the amounts of elastin and collagen are reduced;
  • Skin can look flatter with less vitality as a result of reduced blood vessel function.

The skin appears drier due to the diminished amounts of water gathering substances such as hyaluronic acid. Prevention is always better than cure, so caring for your skin on a regular basis, will help promote a healthier and younger looking skin. Of course we can’t halt the clock so if we are to slow down the skins aged appearance, good skin car is a must.

Before You Buy Your Next Skin Care Product….

Before you buy your next skin products make sure they contain the vital ingredients to address the many and varied causes of aging. Look for a skin care product that has;

  • Moisturizers (emollients and humectants such as Hyaluronic acid)
  • Collagen and elastin boosting ingredients
  • Antioxidants
  • Nutrients
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Proteins
  • Ingredients that boost the absorption of other ingredients (e.g Crown of Gold or Desert Lime
  • Oestrogen enhancing soy protein if you are pre or post menopausal.

Illawarra-Flame-Tree-&-ProductRegularly use of good quality skin care is essential to preserve your good skin quality or improve its health and appearance if it is already showing signs of aging. In a future email I will share with you why I absolutely love the benefits that come from using Australian native plant extracts. The extracts that I have incorporated into Native Natural Skin Care products have over 30 activities that promote good skin health and a younger looking skin.

I hope you have learnt plenty from our Anti-aging Skin Care Report. There is so much that come be done on the inside and the outside to slow down the process- naturally.


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Vivienne Savill in DarwinAll products at Native Natural Skin Care are researched, formulated and produced by Naturopath, Nurse and Formulation Chemist, Vivienne Savill

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