You can significantly delay the onset of premature aging by making sensible lifestyle choices and using products that optimize the long-term health of your skin.
Clients generally think of two main subdivisions of aging – wrinkle reduction and skin tightening. Both are linked to the collagen and elastin structure of the skin, and these structures in turn are influenced by a number of factors. A rule of thumb – if your barrier function is impaired and your skin is in an inflammatory state, the rate of aging doubles. So pay attention to optimizing skin health before trying to treat symptoms.
These are some of the conditions of aging skin
Horizontal lines around the eyes
Deepened nasolabial fold
Reduced elasticity and firmness of the skin
Lack of vitality and rigidity
Uneven pigmentation and solar keratosis
Here are some of the factors that may be contributing to premature aging of your skin
Premature breakdown of collagen and elastin through low copper intake or vitamin C deficiency
Excessive cleaning and sterilization
Subclinical inflammation of suboptimal barrier function
Lifestyle factors – alcohol, cigarettes, pollutants and the sun for example
Diet high in simple sugars and processed carbohydrates
“Fat-free” diet resulting in deficiency of essential fatty acids
Excessive UV exposure causes aging and damages collagen and elastin – we recommend 15 minutes of sun a day on a large surface of the skin
Low fluid intake or high caffeine load
High exposure to free radicals
Here are some tips on lifestyle changes that should have a noticeable effect on your skin.
Try to maintain microbial diversity – this applies to both digestive health and skin. Eat non-hot fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi and spend time in nature. Gardening helps too. Take a good quality ingestible probiotic and apply a probiotic skincare treatment that contains live strains of beneficial microbes to outperform pro-aging species
Essential fatty acid intake – either 15 g of flax seed oil per day or 600 mg of long chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA)
Reduce Free Radical Exposure – Covering up during sun exposure is always the best option, but if you can’t (or don’t want to), use a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunblocks generate free radicals in the skin and do not help slow aging
Maintain blood sugar levels by eating “whole foods”
Supplement with trace elements – make sure copper and zinc are balanced. Many supplements avoid copper as it induces nausea, but most supplements include zinc in high doses. These two minerals compete for a common site of absorption, which often results in copper deficiency and copper is needed for collagen and elastin synthesis.
Get a blood test to check for relevant hormone levels – check estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, but also DHEA and cortisol. Thyroid hormones will also guide treatment, as well as an assessment of Human Growth Hormone levels.