Why take care of your skin?
With a surface area of almost 2 m² and weighing 3 kg in an adult, the skin is the most important organ of our body, but also the most visible. Its role is essential because the skin is the first protection against the outside :
- it ensures the maintenance of good hydration;
- it is a physical barrier that prevents the penetration of harmful substances;
- it is a shield against external aggressions and pollution, which cause the formation of free radicals. This mechanism, called oxidative stress, explains the aging of our body, with the more or less rapid degradation of cells and tissues;
- it is the first shield against the rays of the sun;
- it protects us from micro-organisms.
The skin also helps regulate our body temperature so that it is at the same temperature all the time, whether it is very cold or very hot.
It is also an exceptional sensory organ : we can determine the temperature of a surface or a liquid, recognize differences in texture through touch, and feel pain.
Visible to everyone, the appearance of our skin has a strong impact on our relationships with others.
It is therefore very important to take care of your skin to prevent skin aging, to ensure that it remains of good quality and that it retains all of its properties throughout life.
What is the skin made of?
Although very thin, less than 1 mm on the body and face, and up to 4 mm on the soles of the feet, it is made up of three different layers:
- the epidermis, which will give natural pigmentation to the skin, or the tanned complexion after exposure to the sun;
- the dermis, made up in particular of collagen and hyaluronic acid, provides elasticity to the skin, and it is the degradation of these fibers which will explain the appearance of wrinkles;
- the hypodermis, made up of adipocytes, is the body's energy reserve.
How to take care of your skin?
For glowing, healthy skin, it is important to provide it with all the nutrients it needs. One way to have global action is to follow a so-called In & Out routine:
- In: with a balanced diet for action from within;
- Out: with the use of creams, serums or other cosmetics. Often made up of vegetable oils rich in fatty acids, they will help both in hydration and in the healing process of the skin.
What foods should you prefer?
Choosing foods rich in antioxidants will allow you to protect your skin from cellular aging:
- peppers, kiwi, citrus fruits such as lemon or orange are rich in vitamin C. In addition to being an antioxidant, vitamin C is involved in the production of collagen;
- animal products such as liver or butter have a high content of retinol, also known as vitamin A;
- vitamin E is mainly found in vegetable oils (wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, rapeseed oil).
In order to properly prepare your skin for exposure to the sun or to prolong your tan, three nutrients are essential:
- beta-carotene which is found in carrots;
- copper present in significant quantities in calf's liver, cashew nuts, tea or dark chocolate;
- tyrosine , an amino acid mainly found in products of animal origin (meat, fish, cheese, dairy products).
Finally, for glowing skin and a perfect complexion, you should not hesitate:
- to eat royal jelly, fish (especially salmon and tuna), pistachios, brewer's yeast or to season salads with balsamic vinegar because they are rich in vitamin B6. It is the vitamin that regulates sebum production;
- to eat oysters, meats such as beef or veal, or to add pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, wheat germ to your dishes for their zinc intake. Zinc is a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and healing properties.
- to include yogurt, cheese, fermented drinks such as kefir or kombucha in your meals: they are very rich in probiotics .
What should an effective food supplement contain for my skin?
For a food supplement to be effective, it must be able to act globally: deeply moisturize the skin, prevent skin aging and the appearance of wrinkles, strengthen the skin against oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
In addition to all the vitamins mentioned above, vitamin B8 , selenium and co-enzyme Q10 , found in the Hydration & Clear Skin treatment, are also very important for their respective action on the growth of skin cells and their antioxidant effects.