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82 INSIDER September/October 2017 Beauty: Innovative Ingredients Nutrients for Beauty From the Inside Out by Jack Grogan The ravages of time and bad habits can signifi cantly contribute to increasing the rate at which skin cells age. Sags, wrinkles and age spots associated with aging are caused by everything from high-sugar diets to high stress levels, too little sleep and poor nutrition. Environmental factors also increase the rate of skin aging, including excessive sun exposure, wind and extremes of hot and cold. Premature aging of the skin, however, is not inevitable. Interventions like plastic surgery and chemical injections, though they may have some cosmetic benefi t, can have problematic outcomes in terms of results or side effects, and only address surface issues rather than the cause at a cellular level. In fact, less invasive alternatives can support skin tone, elasticity and resilience, even in skin that has already aged excessively. Targeted support has shown remarkable biological benefi ts in skin appearance through natural ingredients that support and restore the structure and function of the skin from the inside out. These ingredients support healthy skin function by promoting detoxifi cation systems, and strengthening skin proteins and connective tissue. They also support the skin's hydration capabilities. Antioxidants control age and wrinkle- inducing oxidative stress in the skin cells and tissues. The mineral antioxidants zinc and copper support the biosynthesis of the antioxidant skin-protecting enzyme super oxide dismutase (SOD) and the trace mineral selenium supports the production of the skin-healthy antioxidant glutathione peroxidase. 1 Healthy skin tone, function and detoxifi cation are supported by vitamin C, the water-soluble antioxidant, and vitamin E, the fat-soluble antioxidant. The sulfur- containing amino acid N-acetyl cysteine and glutathione powerfully support the skin's natural antioxidant capabilities and detoxifi cation for healthy skin structure. The exceptional plant antioxidants in green tea, turmeric, grapeseed extract, resveratrol and quercetin support healthy skin tone and elasticity. 1 An April 2007 study found "antioxidants may be benefi cial to reduce free radical damage in the skin to modulate the balance of lipid infl ammatory mediators and are useful in the treatment of infl ammatory skin disorders." 2 Specifi cally cited in this study were antioxidants grapeseed extract, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc. The journal Phytomedicine reported on a randomized, placebo-controlled, double- blind, split-face study in November 2007 on the clinical effi cacy of turmeric, as well as DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) on skin fi rmness, and found the combination treatment "improved skin fi rmness and elasticity in photoaged skin by evaluating skin fi rmness and elasticity using the speed of propagation of ultrasound shear waves in the skin as endpoint. A signifi cantly reduced propagation speed indicated increased fi rmness." 3,4,5 Nutrients can positively affect the rate of skin aging by supporting healthy sugar metabolism. Creating this balance can support youthful, radiant skin by positively affecting the rate of skin aging. The B vitamin biotin plays an essential role in balanced carbohydrate and sugar metabolism, and benfotiamine—the fat-soluble form of vitamin B1—reduces the rate of glycation, producing positive changes in the rate of wrinkling and skin stress associated with it. 6 Healthy management of stress and the stress hormones is essential for optimal skin health and vitality. Excessive stress, or a reduced capacity to manage the stress hormones, can signifi cantly increase the rate of skin aging. Excessive levels of stress hormones can age the skin at a rapid rate. We've all known individuals whose skin has appeared to age more drastically than their chronological age after a period of high L a c t o f e r r i n i n i t s p u r e s t f o r m N U T R I T I O N A L W E L L - B E I N G I S O U R N AT U R E w w w. i n g r e d i a - n u t r i t i o n a l . c o m

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