Beauty - More than skin deep

HEALTH ARTICLES




In the world of beauty key nutrients, which include collagen, biotin, hyaluronic acid, play important roles in keeping skin, hair and nails in excellent shape. Whilst they all have different roles in your body, these nutrients together, work synergistically.

Collagen: The Important Protein

Collagen synthesis is a continuous process throughout life. Rejuvenation and renewal of tissues throughout the body requires the production of newly synthesized collagen. This process becomes less efficient as we age leading to decreased renewal of old tissue. Age may have an impact internally on organ and tissue function but a very apparent manifestation occurs externally – via the skin! The body’s natural collagen production typically slows after the age of 25. Collagen fibres in the body become more brittle and begin to break down. This contributes to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, loss of elasticity and an aged look. The rate that this occurs depends on many factors including hormones, lifestyle, sun damage, smoking, all of which can lead to a breakdown of collagen in the skin.

Biotin – The Beauty Vitamin:

Biotin the ‘beauty vitamin’ belongs to the B-Vitamin family (B7). This water-soluble vitamin is not stored in the body and although it can be formed by intestinal bacteria, if there is any imbalance in gut flora then adequate biotin will not be produced. Biotin plays an important part in promoting healthy hair, skin and nails. Skin integrity is vulnerable to lack of biotin whether due to dietary insufficiency, poor absorption or mutations in biotin enzymes. A deficiency may lead to dermatitis, rashes and acne.

The Importance of Hyaluronic Acid

Researchers agree that the most visible signs of ageing in the skin, joints and eyes are the results of progressive collagen and hyaluronic acid degradation in our tissues. Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in supporting the health of connective tissue. Healthy connective tissue is fundamental in normal skin and joint function.

Antioxidants:

Anti-oxidants are compounds found in many plants, fruit and veggies which provide protection from free radical damage. Research shows that these compounds may protect the body from premature ageing whilst helping support heart health and provide anti-inflammatory action.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin – the potent anti-oxidant produced by the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Its unique structure allows it to pass through the blood/ brain barrier, benefiting the brain, eyes and nervous system as well as general body health.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin – the natural sunscreen? This powerful antioxidant may also offer topical benefits. Studies have shown that Astaxanthin helps protect the body’s exposure to UV radiation. This provides anti-ageing benefits for the skin; resistance to sunburn, reduced skin wrinkles, improved skin elasticity. (Important: always use a SPF sunscreen during highest UV times of the day).

A great all round protection for skin and body from oxidative damage!