As a patient glimpses the signs of skin aging, he looks for methods that correct the signs of the passage of the years. Often patients look for integrative treatments that benefit the whole skin, are less invasive and preserve health by recovering the characteristics of healthy skin adapted to their age.
The aging process can be modulated by proper supplementation and healthy eating to achieve natural appeal.
According to specialists in aesthetic medicine , to maintain the structure and optimal functioning of skin health must act on factors that accelerate prematurely aging, such as lifestyle, food or stress.
Nutraceuticals against aging
The basis of fruit and vegetable nutrition is coupled with many benefits, such as the decline associated with aging and even cancer.
Photochemicals associated with fruit, plant and vegetable extracts have a potent anti-aging and anti-proliferative effect that is very useful in the treatment of skin health.
Properties of polyphenols
Polyphenols are phytochemical antioxidants very beneficial to prevent diseases associated with oxidative stress and aging.
Among the polyphenols are flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory, cellular and solar protective effects. Flavonoids can be found in vegetables such as artichoke or broccoli, fruits such as strawberry or pomegranate and beverages such as tea.
Polyphenols are beneficial for the healing and protection of blood capillaries, improving circulation and protecting collagen from skin degradation. In addition, green tea polyphenols decrease hyperplastic response, epidermal edema, contact hypersensitivity.
Resveratrol found in red fruits, grapes and peanuts, is a strong antioxidant, which acts as a potent anti-free radical, also has anti-inflammatory effects and increases cellular longevity. Resveratrol has beneficial effects on cardiac activity, inhibitor of collagen-degrading enzymes (collagenases). Also, resveratrol decreases skin wrinkles and oxidative stress of the skin and body.
By oral route, resveratrol decreases the solar hyperpigmentation in women with melasma, diminishes the damage of the solar effect of the UV irradiation in the patients with skin cancer and also, the three metalloproteases that are produced with the UV radiation and that they are the cause of the Aging of the skin by the sun.
If high doses of flavonoids derived from tea and cocoa (epicatechins / catechins) are consumed, an endogenous photo-protective effect. In addition, they increase blood circulation, hydration and skin density.
The protective effect of phytoestrogens
Soy isoflavones, such as genistein, have an estrogenic effect and a photoprotective effect on the damage caused by UVB radiation. These promote collagen synthesis, skin density, and enhance immunity. They also protect against enzymatic degradation of collagen.
Probiotics to improve skin elasticity
Probiotics improve the skin barrier by decreasing water losses and producing a skin cosmetic enhancement. By improving the function of improving the barriers, they also improve the immune system and antagonize the inflammatory alterations of atopic dermatitis.
Some of the foods that contain probiotics are:
- Dark chocolate
- Miso Soup
Proven: foods that delay aging
When it comes to preserving the skin aging process, there are correlations between healthy eating patterns and improved skin aging, protein glycation cascades and telomere length.
There is a direct relationship between oral nutraceuticals and the ability of certain people to resist the extrinsic factors of aging and maintain a youthful appearance. In other cases, the deteriorated appearance of the skin is related to micronutrient deficiency.
In general, vitamin C, E, fatty acids and phytonutrients, as well as a low calorie diet based on few carbohydrates and fats, are the basis of the antioxidant strategy.
Supplementation with CoQ10 and Vitamin D are also very important for healthy aging, as well as phytoestrogens in the menopausal woman.
It is demonstrated that the systemic taking of antioxidants produces an improvement in the quality of the skin and wrinkles, as well as the improvement of the deep layers of the skin, both structural and functional. Antioxidants slow down the aging process and produce a decrease in the impact of the external factors of aging on our skin.