You know that we’re passionate about beautiful, healthy skin around here! But it’s not just about employing the latest technology in energy-based skin renewal, using medical-grade skincare, or taking advantage of the expertise of Master Injectors like Dr. Summer and our PA-C Kristen Murphy. At Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics, we believe you can be your skin’s best advocate every day of the week by making wise choices with both your daily diet and the supplements you take. Want to learn more about how you can ramp up your body’s natural ability to maintain radiant, healthy, hydrated skin? Let’s get started!
At our recent event focusing on facial rejuvenation, patients had great questions on the role nutritional supplements play in a comprehensive skin health regime. Dr. Summer touched on a few basics, but we’re going to dive in deeper here about ways you can maximize skin health from the inside out. We’re starting with a list of five vital supplements that have shown a measured, scientifically verified boost to skin health. We credit one of Dr. Summer’s favorite podcasts and its brilliant and informative host, Dr. Anthony Youn (known as “America’s Holistic Plastic Surgeon”) for the science behind our recommendations. Consider adding these supplements to your morning routine for maximum benefit.
Collagen is our first recommendation. Collagen is a like a scaffolding that supports your skin, providing it with a strong, pliable foundation. As we age, that foundation weakens, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. A collagen supplement will help maintain strength, density, and flexibility deep within the skin. Bone broth and flavorless collagen powder are both great sources for this important protein.
Antioxidants are our next line of defense. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C fight both inflammation and UV-related photo damage, boosting skin’s hydration and appearance. Increasing your intake of antioxidant-rich foods, adding a supplement, and using a topical Vitamin C in your skincare are all smart ways to take advantage of this powerful anti-ager.
Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish such as salmon as well as in pumpkin seeds and walnuts) have been proven scientifically to plump and hydrate the skin from the inside out. It’s important, however, to do your research on this supplement, as you want to ensure potency and freshness. A brand Dr. Summer trusts is Nordic Naturals, which you can find locally at Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe or GNC. Also, be sure to keep your Omega-3 supplements in the fridge.
Probiotics are next. A probiotic is essentially a beneficial microorganism that lives in the human GI tract (or gut as it’s often called). We each have hundreds of millions of these organisms in our bodies, and science has shown that the healthier and more numerous they are, the better our skin looks and feels. Because we don’t get as many natural dietary sources of probiotics as our grandparents did (think fermented foods like buttermilk and sauerkraut!), a supplement with a minimum of 5 to 15 billion colony-forming units (CFU’s) is essential.
Targeted daily multivitamins are our final category. Dr. Youn suggests a multivitamin with Vitamin A (to fight inflammation), Vitamin C (for hydration and collagen support), Vitamin D (strengthens immune response), and a green tea extract (keeps cells strong and healthy). A daily multivitamin can ensure that these and other essential vitamins and minerals your body can’t produce or store are maintained at optimal levels.
We hope this information is helpful! Keep it with you when you head to the health-food store or pharmacy or do your online shopping, and remember that your Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics team is here to answer all your skincare questions!
Source: Youn, Anthony (Author). (2019, July 10) Anti-Aging Nutritional Supplements – What Should You Take and Why? With Dr. Anthony Yuan [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.dryoun.com/podcast/anti-aging-nutritional-supplements-what-should-you-take-and-why-with-dr-anthony-youn/