Too much sugar in your diet attaches to the skin’s collagen causing skin damage and accelerates skin damage by causing skin thinning, loss of elasticity and discolouration.
Along with skin ageing, high blood sugar is associated with poor wound healing, ageing, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and acne.
A simple blood test ordered by your general practitioner can detect thyroid hormones.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding change the body’s hormones and needs for energy.
Genetics and ageing
You cannot change your genetics but you can change your diet and home skincare routine to help slow down the ageing process.
Vitamin/ Mineral deficiencies such as:
Beta-carotene (from plants) deficiency can cause dry, scaly, tough/ rough skin and a weakened immune system.
Copper (legumes, nuts, shellfish, seeds) is an antioxidant that is important in making collagen, elastin, melanin and is needed in iron metabolism.
Selenium (seafood, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, brazil nuts) helps protect against free radicals and is involved in the immune system, hair and nail health.
Zinc (oysters, crab, lean ground beef, plain yoghurt, sunflower seeds) is an antioxidant that is important for wound healing, taste, skin, hair and nails, and can be involved in acne.
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3) (salmon, chia seeds, walnuts) are important for the skin. Deficiency can cause dandruff and chronic dry skin. Omega 3 fatty acids maintain the skin’s barrier and are important in acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Skin bacterial flora imbalance
Antibiotics can throw off the body’s balance of good and bad bacteria.
Involves oxidants and free radicals that our body cannot keep up with to fight off and prevent skin damage. Free radicals damage our all-important collagen causing our skin to lose elasticity, be dry, less firm, more wrinkly and less supple.
Is our daily exposure to toxic pollutants we breathe in, environmental pollution, substances in our diet and UV radiation exposure.
Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory, protect against UV damage and provide anti-ageing skin benefits.
Antioxidants defend the body against oxidative stress. These include beta-carotene, Vitamins C and E, resveratrol, curcumin (in turmeric) and green tea.
Damage collagen and destroy the firmness and suppleness of our skin. This causes our skin to be dry, wrinkly, have fine lines, and be less elastic.
Damage DNA, RNA, proteins and fatty acids.
Topical antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E work to stabilise free radicals and prevent skin damage.
Consuming phytochemicals (plant-derived organic molecules that are bioactive) e.g. fruits and vegetables have great health benefits including fighting free-radicals.
Causes premature ageing and skin cancers. UV radiation causes cell damage, increased skin inflammation and a decrease in collagen being made by your skin.
Our ozone layer is the most damaged, and Australia has the world’s highest levels of UV radiation. Slip, slop slap!
Smoking and tobacco use
Reduces the blood flow to your mouth and skin
Is associated with periodontal disease where bone, tooth and gum irreversibly recede and teeth become loose.
Causes premature ageing and wrinkles
Causes spider veins
Is associated with a high incidence of oral and mouth cancers.
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