So yes, we know sunscreen is a must. But what else can we do to help protect and heal the effects of summer skin mishaps? Starting from the inside and working out, nutrition can play a role to help heal and repair skin integrity, as well as appearance. In addition to an overall balanced diet, the two key nutritional components to help you achieve healthier skin are collagen and antioxidants .
CollagenCollagen is a very important structural protein in our bodies, found in tendons and ligaments, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, and of course skin. In the skin, it is the major protein found in the matrix, with elastin and hyaluronic acid. Which basically means it is a key component to making your skin looking young by maintaining its structure and shape over time.
The collagen family consists of over 28 types of collagen, and different types are put to work in our bodies in different ways. When it comes to skin, when we are young it is made of 80% type I collagen and about 15% type III collagen. As we age, in our adult years we begin to lose the natural ability to replenish collagen by about 1.5% per year, and the collagen we maintain becomes thicker and shorter, ultimately decreasing the structure and elasticity of the skin. And sun damage only further exacerbates this process, contributing to premature aged skin.
The good news is we can give our bodies a little extra help when it comes to collagen replenishment to support our skin. By adding a supplement of high quality, hydrolyzed collagen, containing mostly type I with some type III collagens, you can provide your body with some of the most important building blocks to help maintain the health of your skin matrix, even after a week of sunning in the Caribbean. Taut Premium Collagen fits this bill, with 13,000mg of high quality marine hydrolyzed collagen, 90% of which is type I and the remaining is type III.
When it comes to summer skin health, antioxidants are your first line of defense inside the body as they assist to fight the harmful effects of free radicals caused by sun exposure and other environmental factors from summer fun. Studies estimate that of all the free radicals found in the skin, 80% of these are directly caused by UV rays, or sun exposure. Therefore, our skin needs all the help it can get to help combat the negative effects of free radicals to not only help in preventing serious conditions such as skin cancer, but also to help prevent premature aging. This is yet another reason why eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is so important, to ensure a diet rich in a variety of antioxidants.
In addition to a healthy, plant-based diet, supplements can certainly be beneficial in supporting antioxidant activity in the skin, especially those rich in flavanols and polyphenols. The latest new product that is now available is Masquelier’s® French Pine Bark Extract + Original OPCs, rich in flavanols and polyphenols. It is a powerhouse antioxidant supplement that not only supports skin health by protecting collagen fibers from free radical damage, but also protect your blood vessels and improve circulation.
Formula for Skin Success in the Summer Months
This summer, get out there and enjoy the sun and warmth, but make sure you are taking care of your skin at the same time! Never skimp on sunscreen (and reapplying as needed), make fruits and vegetables the base of all meals, and supplement your diet with a powerful collagen and antioxidant supplement for the ultimate skin protection plan. And if that sounds complicated, it doesn’t have to be! The latest unique summer package, the ANTIOXY FOXY KIT , provides 24 bottles of Taut Premium Collagen, plus 50 capsules of Masquelier’s® French Pine Bark Extract. So all you need to remember is sunscreen and a balanced diet – let the Antioxy Foxy Kit take care of the rest!
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Aging is kind of a bummer, am I right?
Even though our mothers gave us the heads-up that things are going to change, we then wake up one morning (approx. age 35 for me) and realize that 1) Things HAVE changed, along with 2) Mom was right…AGAIN . And unfortunately, our skin is usually where we see the effects of aging in our bodies first. From dryness, to volume loss and fine lines, to perhaps even the oh-so-unfair adult onset acne, time has a way of wreaking havoc on our once pristine skin.
But the great news is, we can reduce these effects by nourishing our skin from the inside, out. And as a registered dietitian, I’m here to provide a few proven nutrition tips and real-life tricks, to nourish your skin to help keep it glowing and healthy for years to come.
Protecting your skin from the sun is important, no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially vital in the summertime. While you might want to bare your skin in the summer to achieve a beautiful, sun-kissed complexion, UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can wreak havoc on your skin and cause premature aging if you aren’t careful.
UVA rays, which account for 90 to 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the earth, penetrate deep layers of the skin and cause tanning. UVB radiation accounts for only 5 to 10 percent of solar radiation, but it damages the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin, causing sunburn.
UVA rays cause the collagen in your skin to break down at a higher rate than normal aging . They do this by penetrating the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, and lead to the abnormal buildup of elastin. This elastin accumulates and results in the production of enzymes that break down collagen.
The more sun exposure you get, the worse the damage becomes. UV radiation also creates free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that increase the number of enzymes that break down collagen. An excessive amount of free radicals in your body can also weaken your vascular system, cause poor circulation, and lead to deteriorated eye health.