That sounds pretty scary, but there are ways that we can help our skin to replenish, and strengthen it’s defences. There is now definate evidence to show that good skincare should include targeted supplements for skin health and appearance.
These supplements are a combination of vitamins and minerals, in high enough doses to be taken up and used at a cellular level, resulting in healthy, strong skin that is more resistant to damage and external factors like sun, pollution and environmental influences.
One such vitamin that has come to the attention of skincare experts is vitamin D. As with most vitamins, D works best in synergy with other vitamins, such as vitamin A.
Vitamin D benefits the skin in 3 ways; the first is it’s ability to help skin rejuvenate itself. We lose around 30,000 cells every minute, and they are replaced by an ongoing renewal process in the keratinocytes which is dependent on vitamin D. If our skins are deficient, it means that skin cells won’t proliferate as well as they should, which can result in thin, sagging skin.
The second way that vitamin D benefits the skin is by boosting skin’s immunity. Within the skin, vitamin D and it’s receptors help to form a barrier which prevents foreign bodies entering the bloodstream. Research has even shows that it speeds up healing, and helps prevent wound infection by promoting antimicrobial agents.
Vitamin D is a powerful anti oxidant, so the third way that it benefits our skin is by fighting free radicals, which are believed to play a part in the premature ageing process.
To get the most out of vitamin D, we need to combine it with vitamin A. These powerful nutrients work in synergy to promote healthy skin and bones.
“85% OF WOMEN DON’T GET ENOUGH”
With the increase in use of sunscreens, and lack of sunlight in countries such as the UK, studies have shown that up to 85% of women don’t get enough vitamin D. Since vitamin D benefits the body in many other ways apart from healthy skin, it seems that adding this supplement to our daily regimes can bring benefits beyond a glowing and healthy skin.
We recommend Advanced Nutrition Supplements for our clients, particularly for those who are noticing thinning, ageing skin. The latest ANP supplement to offer the great benefits of vitamin D and A is Vitamin A +, which now contains vitamin D.
Supporting our skins from the inside as well as the outside is now proven to help us achieve healthier, more youthful skin.
I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring and make a comment on weight loss, since it is once more dominating the Sunday Supplements, TV, Internet et al.
The first thing people ask me when I tell them that I have lost a substantial amount of weight and kept it off for over 30 years is – “What’s Your Secret? How Did You Do It?” Well, here’s my secret – it’s quite radical – Eat Less And Move More!!
Sorry to disappoint; there’s no magic bullet, pill or formula, other than determination and an honest evaluation of current lifestyle, including food choices. The latest food ‘baddie’ in the media spotlight is sugar, and there’s no denying that too much of it leads to addiction, weight gain and eventual health problems.
I would argue that it was easier for me to shed my excess weight back in the early 1980’s, as there were very few ‘diet’ foods available, that didn’t look or taste like cardboard, which meant that I had to buy fresh and cook from scratch – I knew what was going into my meals and my body. I’ll admit that I had a few false starts by falling into the ‘quick fix’ trap of meal replacement drinks, but when I found myself having a little biscuit to accompany my drink, I quickly came to the realisation that ‘real’ food was the answer!
Over the years, we’ve seen a burgeoning market in convenience ‘health’ foods hitting the market in response to the messages that ‘Low Fat’ and ‘Low Calorie’ is the answer. Add in the advent of microwave cooking, and boom – meals in minutes. Great. But not really!
Sugars, Trans fats, additives and preservatives are the price paid for that instant ‘healthy’ low fat meal we picked up at the local supermarket. It appears that we’ve opened a Pandora’s Box that we won’t be able to close that easily – the lure of ‘quick and healthy’ labelled foods sitting on the shelves gives the buyer the false hope of easy access to a healthier food choice, and the mighty machine that is the diet industry has taken full advantage of this. Despite many and various TV chef’s attempts to teach us how to eat and cook fresher and healthier, somehow it’s lost on a large percentage of the population.
Despite easily accessed information about healthy eating and lifestyle choices, we are the fattest nation in Europe, with the biggest proportion of children and adults being classed as clinically obese. We are also malnourished – a strange paradox! It can only be due to what we are – or not – eating.
The first thing we discuss with our weight loss clients is how many fresh meals they cook and eat themselves. We get them to mentally go around their local store, filling their basket. We then analyse the items they have bought and why, and suggest healthier alternatives. The other big question we ask is portion size – without exception, most people will be eating bigger portions than they need.
Thirty-odd years on, my weight is still stable. I enjoy a varied diet, along with the odd biscuit or pudding (sugar!) and glass of wine about 3 times a week. But they are treats, not consumed on a daily basis. I believe that a ‘fad’ diet is a recipe for disaster, and won’t result in long-term weight loss. So eat, drink and be merry – in moderation!