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Anti-Ageing CREAM vs Nutrition: How to Stay Younger Naturally

Ageing is inevitable. In this article, we will learn how skin ages and debate on whether anti-ageing cream work better than getting your anti-oxidants from your nutrition. Many of us do not notice it until when you get comments from friends or when you look yourself in the mirror that your skin no longer look radiant, more fine lines appearing and people mistaken your age to be older than what you are.

 

This is heartbreaking for most of us. We used to ignore the basics of self-care until about age 30, when all the skin processes started to slow down. But when exactly does skin-ageing starts ?

Knowing Your Skin

There are 3 layers within the skin: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin and has 5 sub layers, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.The epidermis constantly shades dead skin cells from the top layer, replacing them with new healthy cell that grows in lower layers.

 

Many skin conditions caused by allergies i.e eczema, irritations and bacteria reactions start in the epidermis layer of your skin. When this particular layer of the skin ages, it becomes more sensitive to UV light. The skin is less efficient at healing itself, leading to an increase in skin infections.
The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands. This is one of the most important layer in the ageing process where dermis is the home to 3 different types of tissues: collagen, elastic tissue and fibres.

 

As we age, there is a 1% annual decline in collagen and elastin; compromising the skin structure resulting in wrinkles. Elasticity is also reduced, making the skin more prone to damage and broken capillaries; obstructing the flow of nutrient and oxygen to the skin surface.

 

The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue.In the deeper layers, when number and the size of the fat cells declines, it causes loss of volume that lead to deeper wrinkles and hollow cheeks.

What accelerates ageing process? How to delay ageing with nutrition and anti-ageing cream products?

There are many factors that cause and accelerate ageing process. Most often, the external factors are the one that speeds up the process. Prolonged exposure to sun rays and pollutions i.e UV rays is the primary cause to skin oxidative stress and also uneven pigmentation. Poor nutrition and poor skin care routine add on to the cause of ageing. Diet high in antioxidant plays vital role in delaying ageing process.

 

Most often we do not consume food high in anti-oxidants to combat oxidative stress from the external factors. Good skincare routine and using the right anti-ageing creams targeted for various skin types and age are critical for healthy skin.

What happens in our skin layers as we age?

In our early 20's body produce abundance of collagen to restore and maintain  appearance and well-being .In your late 20s, collagen and elastin decrease; skin started to look dull, with appearance of some fine lines.

 

In our mid-thirties, collagen production slows and as we age, this reduction in production of replacement collagen continues to decline, resulting in less support for tissue and less available collagen for production of elastin. First sign of ageing start to become apparent on the surface of the skin. Visible fine lines appear first, and over time wrinkles and a loss of volume become noticeable.

 

By 40's, the elastin, web supporting connective tissue and collagen starts to deteriorate tremendously.

Top 10 nutrient-rich superfoods high in anti-oxidants for youthful looking skin

Some food are higher in antioxidant than others.
It is important to ensure we consume healthy foods to power up our anti-oxidants.Below are top 10 nutrient-rich superfoods for anti-ageing effects.

  1. Artichokes
  2. Berries
  3. Kale
  4. Beets
  5. Spinach
  6. Olive oil
  7. Nuts
  8. Sweet potato
  9. Tea
  10. Whole grains

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According to the USDA, antioxidants remove free radicals from the body.

 

However, it is also noted that one must consume in high amount or mega doses in order for the nutrients to be effectively absorbed; needless to say some nutrients get lost during preparation, cooking and heating.

 

It is still unlikely for us to obtain sufficient anti-oxidant from the diet alone. Hence, there are many anti-ageing creams and cosmetic products available to supplement the skin with required nutrients necessary to stay healthy.

Nutrition vs anti-ageing cream? Which is more effective for anti-ageing?

While skin is the largest organ, it is the slowest to reach the skin in terms of nutrient uptake. Studies have shown that nutrients absorbed internally are provided first to the most vital organs (heart, liver, brain, etc.) making skin the last to receive these nutrients which are necessary for healthy skin.

 

It is still new in the study to prove the effect of micronutrient supplementation. The epidermis layers do not have sufficient nutritional support that supply the cells with nutrients than the underlying cells.The outer layer is not equipped with sufficient nutritional support than the underlying cells.Hence,dietary supplementation to affect skin health could be slow to occur.

 

It is therefore more effective and efficient with topical application where the application supplying nutrients to the skin especially the epidermis.

 

However, some recent studies have established an association between dietary nourishment and skin conditions. For ages, many has practiced using natural herbs,essential oils and plants for health benefits especially for the skin, nail, hair, nerve, muscle and joints.

How much is absorbed by your skin?

According to FDA, approximately 60-70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body. This includes various ingredients and chemicals used in most anti-ageing cream products. Harmful chemicals, preservatives and fragrances can be easily absorbed into the body via skin.

 

Hence, it is very important to read labels and be aware of the ingredients used when selecting anti-ageing cream; especially people with highly sensitive and problematic skin.
You definitely can't go wrong with natural and organic. By selecting natural and organic products, you are rest assured of the safety and also care for the environment.

Natural vs organic. Are they the same?

Many of us often think that natural means organic. Unfortunately, natural does not mean organic. Natural is often assumed to be food/ingredient that are minimally processed and do not usually contain any chemicals, artifical colors or flavours, hormones and etc. In the meanwhile organic is the most heavily regulated system. Many anti-ageing cream may contain chemicals that could be harmful to our body.
The term "organic" indicates product that uses at least 95% organic ingredients.

 

The article is courtesy of Larissa-Organic.

 

In my next article, i will be writing about how to select a good anti-ageing cream and what to look out. If you are interested in my next article, please feel free to contact me or fill up the form below:

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