What ages our skin?
We all know how damaging the sun can be and how especially careful we have to be in our sunny Australian climate. However, this is only one of the things that can affect our skins appearance.
Sugars are the main culprits in skin ageing. Sugar triggers a process called ‘glycosylatin’, which cause collagen to cross-link, with the result that the skin can become stiff, inflexible, and discoloured. Often cross-linked wrinkles are caused by this process.
Stress can also be a factor in skin ageing as it increases cortisol. Ironically this is essential to balancing us under stress, BUT when it becomes excessive it can break down tissue, increase body fat, and thin the skin. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the ‘death hormone’.
Caffeine in such beverages as coffee is a powerful pro-oxidant which greatly increases oxidation within the cell. Simply put this ages the skin. Caffeine is also a diuretic which de-hydrates the skin, something especially harmful when added to the normally dry climate and low humidity we have in Australia.
Fat free diets Yes that’s right. Trying to eliminate all fat from ones diet harms the skin and increases the ageing process. Our bodies need and use good oils. A compound called ‘polyphenol’. Which is effective in slowing the ageing process of the skin, is abundant in olive oil. The super antioxidant, anti-inflammatory oil has the essential fatty acids which nourishes the skin. Oils like olive oil also contain ‘hydroxptyrosol’ which slows the ageing process in the skin by stabilizing the cell plasma membrane. So good nutrition, and not the elimination of all fats from the diet, is essential to healthy skin.
Dehydration from several reason. Thus it is vital to hydrate the skin both internally through proper diet and lots of water, but also with the daily application of a good moisturizer and sun cream. A word of caution on sun cream us that we need the vitamin D production caused by exposure to the sun. Therefore we must supplement our vitamin D levels while protecting our skin from harmful exposure.
Finally we know that genetics plays a part but there is not much you can do about that. Focusing on what you can do to keep your skin healthy is what matters.