True Beauty comes from the inside!

True beauty from the inside
True beauty comes from the inside!!

We want to take you on a journey to discover what true beauty from the inside means

The wrinkle is a serious disease.
Do you know of anyone who gets up every morning and worries about illness? But everybody regularly worries about wrinkles.’ 

Quote from Dr. Albert Kligman (M.D., PhD). Founder of the cosmeceuticals field. He was a prolific (a scientist who spent many years studying the anti-aging effects).

Did you know?

  1. Your skin is your largest organ?
  2. Your skin sheds hundreds of thousands of cells every day!

How are these cells replaced?

In this article, we will first take a look at Beauty from the Outside. We will look at some of the active ingredients in the creams, such as moisturizers, that we use on our skin. There are however some correlations between the outside and the inside as we will discover later.

Secondly we will take a look at the aspect of Beauty from the Inside. Including the diet, some things to avoid, what we should actually eat and drink, as well as some ideas on how to achieve this in our increasingly fast paced lives. Our drive for convenience whilst maintaining a beautiful appearance also influences our every day choices.

  • The skin is the largest organ of the body and understanding the skin’s structure and functions is important.
  • The skin is approximately two millimeters thick and stretches over two square meters.
  • It provides sensory perception, moisture control, shape, regulation of metabolic processes, immune response and insulation against heat and cold.
  • This protective covering also has the remarkable role of defining our individuality by transmitting information back to the environment about a person’s appearance, lifestyle and health.

EPIDERMIS : Function & Characteristics

  • Protection from drying or dehydration
  • Protection from environmental insults
  • Regenerates every 2-3 weeks depending on triggers from dermis, including Nutrition
Difference between Epidermis and Dermis
Difference between Epidermis and Dermis

EPIDERMIS : Components

  • Keratinocytes contain “tough” protein which  
    prevents bacteria or toxin entry (keratinocyte = an epidermal cell which produces keratin.)
  • Basal layer contains stem cells producing keratinocytes & melanocytes (to form & store melanin)

DERMIS: Function & Characteristics

  • Regulates skin blood flow & temperature
  • Provides elasticity through network of collagen & elastin
  • Contains growth factors to direct epidermal replication

DERMIS: Components

  • Proteins such as collagen & elastin
  • Fibroblasts, macrophages
  • Carbohydrate protein complexes

The skin performs the following functions from an external point of view;
  • Forms the barrier between internal and external environments
  • Protects the body from mechanical damage, harmful or toxic substances, invasion from microorganisms and radiation
  • Regulates body temperature and minimizes water loss
  • Is an essential part of the immune system
  • Plays a key role in well-being and physical attractiveness
  • Stresses are often reflected in the condition and tone of skin

Every day, hundreds of thousands of new skin cells are generated. Micronutrients such as vitamins,  polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s) or Omega’s and other Nutraceuticals play an important role in this building and regeneration process.

The most important nutrients for DNA replication and Cell Division, therefore the Skin, are Nucleotides. As part of our diets, we need to eat a Balanced Diet, with Macronutrients (Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates), Micronutrients (Vitamins, Minerals), and other nutrients. We also need to consider other health and nutrition aspects.

We will discuss this further in our next article, and hope that you can join us for some insights into youthful vitality!

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