” My face shows dull lately. And my skin is dry and dehydrated . What’s wrong ? What should I do to look young and healthy again ? “
How many times have we all wondered something similar? And how much more now that summer has arrived and the solar radiation is an additional aggravating factor in our skin . In order to tackle a problem , you should always know what causes it . Aging , therefore , as a general biological phenomenon , but also skin specifically supported by both genetic , and environmental factors .
The latter factors , who are the ones that can be avoided or at least kept to a minimum , include :
oxidising : substances which generate free radicals, highly toxic molecules , and cause damage to the DNA of the cell
radiation : ultraviolet radiation and radioactivity
Although man has created specific pharmaceutical and cosmetic products for the restoration and skincare , nature has offered us its own called ” antioxidants ” . Antioxidants are substances contained in food and protect our genetic material (DNA), neutralizing free radicals mentioned above. Vitamin C along with vitamin E are the main antioxidant vitamins and it features strong photoprotective action.
The first is necessary for the proper synthesis of collagen , the protein that forms the basis of all connective tissue . Lack of it, among other things , implies a reduced ability of healing , which makes it even more important for adequate recruitment . Found in fruits such as : orange, mandarin , lemon , grapefruit (especially citrus ) , kiwi , strawberries , and in green leafy vegetables ( spinach , lettuce ) , pepper and parsley .
Vitamin E is also protective with our cells and slows down the signs of aging , preventing the formation of free radicals. Major sources of this are vegetable oils , especially olive oil , grains wheat , eggs , grains , nuts and green vegetables .
Equally essential to maintain the firmness and elasticity of the skin is vitamin A , since the absence of this Vitamin can create keratinization epithelia on the skin. Vitamin A is found mainly in the liver , eggs , fruits and vegetables ,especially in deep yellow or orange colored ones, like tomato , melon, carrot and green vegetables such as spinach , lettuce and greens .
Minerals such as selenium and zinc , have also been found to have a positive effect on the skin. The former has been shown to reduce the destructive effect of sunlight on the skin and is mainly found in whole grain cereals , seafood and nuts .
Zinc on the other hand , plays an important role in protecting the cell’s DNA and particularly good sources of zinc are considered crustaceans and molluscs , meat , figs , mushrooms, unpeeled foods and nuts . Another class of substances with antioxidant flavonoids that are found in tea , strawberries , onions , apples , potatoes , bananas and red wine.
So have a Healthy life fellows!!!