Nutrients for Beauty: For years, doctors have ignored the link between diet and skin problems. Now we are also demonstrating on a large scale what we actually already knew: nutrition and skin structure are related. Sugar, for example, contributes to pimples and wrinkles. Antioxidants, on the other hand, can protect the skin. Which nutrients are at the top of my list?
Vitamin C is one of the best known antioxidants. No other substance has been studied as well in connection with the skin. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body against free radicals. The oxygen molecules arise during processes in the body and cause cell damage. This process is also known as oxidative stress. And you don’t want to put this stress on your body – it makes you old!
Vitamin C can do even more: it contributes to the formation of collagen and ensures that the skin does not lose its firmness. It was not for nothing that sailors became sick with scurvy earlier if they did not eat fresh fruit and vegetables for months. In addition, vitamin C has an anti-inflammatory effect , which in turn is helpful for skin diseases such as acne and rosacea. And then the fabric also helps against pigment spots.
Vitamin C should therefore be contained in your skin care products in high concentrations. In order to optimally protect your skin, it is also advisable to consume sufficient vitamins through food and / or as a dietary supplement.
Now you may be thinking: Why is vitamin C in food or in food supplements not enough? A sufficiently high concentration of vitamin C is difficult to get into the skin in this way. A combination of both works best: food and cream!
Even more effective: astaxanthin
This special substance with the difficult name has been receiving increasing attention in recent years. He is my favorite too! Like vitamin C, astaxanthin is an antioxidant, but a very powerful one. Especially in Japan, this nutrient is considered a super nutritional supplement against wrinkles and other signs of aging. Studies have shown that astaxanthin has an anti-inflammatory effect and can prevent sun damage.
For example, astaxanthin is produced by algae and plankton as a natural protection against the harmful effects of sunlight and oxygen. And that’s how the substance ends up in our food. Astaxanthin, for example, gives salmon, shrimp, trout or crayfish the pink color. For those who do not have these foods on their daily diet, more and more nutritional supplements are available with the promising substance that really makes the skin beautiful. Why not in your skin care products? This substance is so intensely colored that it stains the product red even in the smallest concentration, and even worse: your skin too!
Omega-3 fatty acids (Nutrients for Beauty)
Omega-3 fatty acids are part of the skin barrier. Together with cholesterol and ceramides, these fatty substances form the natural, protective water-fat film that keeps the skin hydrated and protects it from external influences.
You can consume these fatty acids through foods such as fatty fish, nuts, linseed oil or special dietary supplements. You can also apply the substances directly to the skin, for example if you have very dry or irritated skin. As with vitamin C, the combination of food and creams works best.
Vitamin D (Nutrients for Beauty)
While it was previously considered to be particularly important for the bones, we now know that vitamin D also plays a major role for the muscles and the immune system. A deficiency is associated with many diseases: from cardiovascular diseases to depression. However, vitamin D is also important for the skin. Due to its antioxidant effect, vitamin D protects against sun damage. The substance also plays an important role in wound healing and has an anti-inflammatory effect. An association between acne and low vitamin D levels was also found . And as if that weren’t enough, it looks like vitamin D protects against allergic skin reactions and eczema .
Vitamin D is found in fatty fish, meat, eggs and butter to which the vitamin has been added. Most of the vitamin D needed is produced in the skin. However, sunlight is required for this. In addition, not every skin can produce this vitamin equally well. Older and darker skin forms vitamin D much slower than younger and lighter skin. Against the background, it is not surprising that especially in winter so many people suffer from a vitamin D deficiency.
However, it is not a good idea to sunbathe for a long time or go to the solarium. Try to get enough vitamins in your diet and take supplements if necessary. I dare say that this is actually very reasonable for everyone.
probiotics (Nutrients for Beauty)
Probiotics are so-called good bacteria. Most people probably know the name from the little bottles; however, there are still a large number of capsules and powders with the “healthy bacterial strains” available on the market. Probiotics are often mentioned in the same breath as bowel problems. In the meantime, there is growing evidence that they can have a strong influence on the complexion, for example in diseases such as eczema , rosacea or acne, in which the composition of the skin bacteria is out of balance.
It has been shown that probiotics can improve the skin barrier and help the skin retain moisture . These so-called good bacteria also seem to play a role in anti-aging . Probiotics in skin care products are not yet useful because they lose their effect in a very short time in a cream. But I am following developments in this area and will keep you up to date!
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