The passage of time gives us wrinkles, which are a symbol of experience and charm for some people but for most of us are just a synonym for old age. That’s why many people will do whatever they can in order to get rid of them, or at least to stop them multiplying and expanding. Dr Angeliki Kakolyri, dermatologist-venereologist, tells us how we can enhance our skin’s beauty and youthfulness from the inside.
For us to deal effectively with the enemy of our youth, we must first find out what causes ageing. As Dr Kakolyri explains, “Our skin ages because cells regenerate at a slower rate after a certain age. Despite that, we can keep our skin looking younger for a longer time if we learn to avoid certain aggravating factors such as sunlight, smoking, sugar- and fat-rich foods, alcohol…”.
The primary cause of skin ageing is oxidation. The sun’s UV rays, stress, smoke and air pollution activate the production of free radicals on the skin surface, thereby destroying it. In order to neutralise these radicals, our body needs antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E which delays the appearance of signs of ageing and “cures” the skin from solar radiation, beta-carotene which protects it from sunlight, etc. Selenium, magnesium and zinc also contribute to our skin’s health
► The importance of our Nutrition
“Proper nutrition protects the health of our face and skin, working ‘from the inside’”, notes Dr Kakolyri, and explains: “Proteins, vitamins, trace elements and sufficient fluid intake (water, as well as fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as grapes, apples and cucumbers) are necessary allies for healthy and brilliant skin. The Mediterranean diet is believed to be particularly beneficial since it is rich in carbohydrates, olive oil and citrus fruits”. Our expert recommends reducing the consumption of saturated oils found in foods from animal sources. She also recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day, so that the body is properly supplied with vitamins, fibre and minerals.
“We believe today that skin ageing begins long before the age of 30. The primary culprit is sugar, which isn’t just fattening but also causes ageing. Tissue glycosylation is responsible for 50% of the effects of ageing” notes Dr Kakolyri.
► Do face creams “stop time”?
We asked our expert, “Do face creams that claim to ‘stop time’ actually deliver on their promises?”, only to receive a firm answer: without proper nutrition, even the most powerful or expensive cream will not give the desired results.
The main factors for healthy and glowing skin, according to Dr Kakolyri, are none other than vitamins. “Vitamin E, which our skin loves, is a potent antioxidant, helps prevent skin ageing and promotes its resistance to solar radiation; selenium also defends the skin from damage by UV radiation”. The ticket to cellular rejuvenation is then proper nutrition, in combination with simple moisturising creams which promote hydration and prevent the loss of skin elasticity.
► Hyaluronic acid
In recent years we hear a lot about the anti-ageing role of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance produced by the body, and its primary function is to hydrate tissues and retain water in them. Studies in humans have shown that hyaluronic acid plays an important role in the regeneration and the integrity of our skin and joints.
Because of the multiple benefits of hyaluronic acid, Solgar has developed a unique formula that includes, in addition to hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and a unique patented collagen product, the high-absorption BioCell Collagen ΙΙ product. These ingredients protect our body from internal dehydration, promote skin hydration, elasticity and softness and act as anti-ageing factors, not just for the skin but for the entire body.
Dermatologist - Venereologist
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