Your skin reflects your healthThe appearance of your skin is a good indicator of your overall health and reflects the state of your whole body. If there’s one thing we know about clear healthy skin, it’s more than just skin deep. Everyday factors, from the foods you eat, your hair and body products, pollution, sun exposure, smoking and stress can all impact how your skin looks and feels.
3 essential building blocks for vibrant healthy skinYour skin provides a hard-wearing barrier between your internal and external world. Much like a waterproof bodysuit that’s flexible, washable, resists wrinkles, keeps its shape and lasts a life time. Skin is made up of two main layers; the epidermis or outer layer made up of keratin and the dermis or inner layer made up of collagen and elastin.
- Keratin provides a tough protective coating which acts as physical barrier for your skin, helping to protect all the underlying structures in your body, including the dermis. This is why you don’t dissolve in the bath!
- Collagen provides flexible strength and firmness by attracting and binding water, so helps keep your skin well hydrated and ‘plumped-up’ so effectively pushes out and eliminates fine lines and wrinkles.
- Elastin provides ‘elastic’ properties, allowing your skin to stretch and bounce back to its original shape. When you smile or laugh, elastin allows your skin to stretch and then bounce back into shape once you’ve stopped smiling or laughing.
Top 4 nutrients for vibrant healthy skin
- Collagen supplementation boosts collagen levels by replenishing lost or declining levels to slow down the visible signs of ageing by ‘plumping-up’ and hydrating skin for smooth, firm and youthful skin.
- Silica is found in abundance in the skin and is essential for keratin production and cross-linking of collagen. Together, keratin and collagen support the strength, integrity and elasticity of your skin.
- Resveratrol increases collagen production and is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Free radicals accelerate the ageing process resulting in fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin.
- Biotin, part of the B vitamin family, helps build up keratin levels and normalise your body’s oil secretions. A biotin deficiency can result in a dry scalp, dermatitis, eczema and dry, flaky skin.