With Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

There is so much more we can do for our wrinkles than serums and creams – although these are important! Did you know that oral supplements also help? Yet when you take a look around a health food shop there aren’t many products available for ‘aging skin’. BUT, if you know what to look for the shelves are brimming with wrinkle repair solutions. Where should you head to find these gems? The JOINT REPAIR section! Aging skin and aching joints have a lot in common when it comes to prevention and repair because they are both types of connective tissue.

FACT: Supplements that repair joint connective tissue can also help repair aging skin

As we age, these 4 main changes occur in our skin:

  • Reduced collagen content
  • Reduced glycosaminoglycans
  • Decreased secretion of oils from the sebaceous gland
  • Increased susceptibility to age-related free radical damage & inflammation

Together, these changes lead to additional thinning, decreased elasticity, impaired collagen and elastin formation, dehydration as well as higher demands for skin repairing nutrients = thin, parch, wrinkled skin.

We can fight these changes with therapeutic natural supplements. Check out our favourite supplements for supple skin!

 

Gelatin

A naturally occurring collagen peptide, gelatin can help to replenish collagen supplies and restore elasticity to the skin. Gelatin is usually sourced from animal products and can be boosted through the diet from chicken skin & cartilage, organic liver, starchy root vegetable such as sweet potatoes, some legumes and bananas.

Oral Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring ‘glycosaminoglycan’ or complex carbohydrate that stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid helps externally (in serums & creams) AND internally as a supplement to improve collagen and elastin formation increasing skin integrity.

Chondroitin Sulfate

Yes, another joint supplement! Chondroitin is also a ‘glycosaminoglycan’. Having much the same effect as hyaluronic acid and best used in combination.

Vitamin C

Good ol’ vitamin C wears many hats. It helps to reduce free radical damage and fights inflammation. It also helps to stimulate collagen formation in combination with certain amino acids.

Lysine & Proline

Amino acids that work with vitamin c to repair collagen and connective tissue in general

Cod Liver Oil

Fish oils have almost too many benefits to mention when it comes to the skin. But in the case of aging skin the EPA, DHA, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin D pack a super punch against age related skin damage & repair.

Skin Minerals

Certain minerals can help enormously with connective tissue damage including magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium & manganese. These are often part of joint & tendon formulas. However, when taken in isolation, these products are best recommended by your naturopathic doctor to ensure proper dosage and safety.

 

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