Food, sport, cosmetics… But to what exactly do we really owe the quality of our skin and its good?-to be ? We often forget that the latter is an organ in its own right, which manifests itself as being the mirror of our metabolism and our emotions. So, at the first blow of stress, anxiety, fatigue and nutritional deficiencies, the epidermis takes its head. Because after all, it is our moods and our habits that have the control of its proper functioning and especially through our diet. Hence the growing interest in research on the precise role of food nutrients on our cells. So how do some deficiencies manifest themselves, what are all the nutrients needed and where can they be found?
The impact of nutritional deficiencies on the skin
To put it simply, you should know that you classify nutrients into three main groups. These are water, micronutrients (minerals, vitamins and trace elements) and macronutrients that provide energy (carbohydrates, fats and proteins). We like to stress the importance of trace elements (zinc, copper, selenium, etc.) because, although they are present in trace amounts, they have a fundamental role in cell renewal.
If our bodies tend to change over time, so too does our skin. So, to try to limit the upheavals, we must know how to find a whole new balance via a diet ensuring a permanent supply of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids necessary for the external and internal beauty of our epidermis. But first, it is still necessary to understand what are the responsible causes.
We now know that dysfunctions, like skin dryness, are mainly causés by a diet poor in vitamin A. Pigmentation disorders and inflammation are caused by deficiencies in vitamins C and B and more particularly B2 - B5 - B12 - B8 - B9. A lack of vitamin C can contribute to the development of keratosis - thickening of the stratum corneum. To know everything about the role of vitamins for our skin, you can find everything in This article.
To put the odds in your favor, it is also important to tap into minerals and trace elements. Their presence is essential because they have a direct impact on the functioning of enzymes involved in the synthesis of keratin, the main constituent of the skin, and cell renewal. In the event of a deficiency, especially in zinc, the latter will see its barrier role weakened, again causing skin dryness or even eczema. So, to find it, we taste oysters, meats, fish, shellfish but also egg yolks and poultry.
A copper or Selenium deficiency results in skin pigmentation disorders, you can find these nutrients in the liver, shellfishs, shellfish, pulses, mushrooms, oleaginous fruits, green vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.
On the other hand, the presence of fatty acids is essential for the cohesion of cells at the risk of causing them to peel. Again, the skin becomes dry, reddened and may have more and more difficulty in healing. Present directly in virgin vegetable oils rich in Omega 3 and 6 (walnut oil, hazelnuts, sesame, etc.), these allow the maintenance of healthy and hydrated skin. To benefit from all their benefits in the diet, opt especially for small brown bottless or aluminum to keep virgin oils protected from light.
We also appreciate the sulfur directly present in fresh foods, which helps fight skin disorders as well as excess sebum, the main cause of oily skin. It is found in foods rich in protein such as eggs, garlic, onions...
Lastly, vitamins such as vitamin D and A participate in the process of cell repair and renewal. They are therefore formidable allies against skin aging, difficult healing but also certain skin diseases such as psoriasis. Namely that these diseases (psoriasis, acne, eczema) generally find the cause of their appearance in particular in the bad diet which works directly with the intestinal microbiota. Evening primrose oil, cocoa powder, eggs and even certain plants are also good sources to use in this case.
What nutrients for healthy skin?
To keep your skin in top shape and beauty, you have to bet on the birth of new cells and especially on slowing down the oxidation of our cells and therefore their disappearance. The paradox is that oxygen, essential to our survival and at that of our cells, est also the cause of their death. This is "oxygen paradox "! care must therefore be taken to preserve this balance which, unfortunately with age and aging, requires more and more help and therefore additional nutrients capable of activating and strengthening this defense. In this case, trace elements such as selenium, zinc, copper, manganese or magnesium are valuable soldiers, not to mention antioxidants such as carotenoids, polyphenols and vitamins A, C and E.
Dryness is directly linked to age but also to a diet poor in linoleic acid and vitamin C but also in vitamin A. For example, borage oil supplementation for 2 months has demonstrated its ability to improve the skin barrier with a decrease in the insensible water loss of 10%, that is to say the sensation of dry skin. Another positive point: it helps reduce wrinkles. Hydration remains an essential action because, beyond hydrating the skin, it facilitates the transport of other nutrients and therefore the more hydrated your skin is, the more the skin care products will have their effects on your skin. Therefore, favor essential fatty acids which will cement your cells, preserve water in your epidermis and thus enjoy smooth and plumped skin.
Finally, with regard to skin aging, it has been shown that a diet low in protein, cholesterol, phosphate and vitamins A, C and K results in more pronounced wrinkles. We never talk enough about proteins, remember to consume them regularly because they are the basis of the support of the connective tissue, it is the "basic mattress" which nourishes the collagen fibers and allows your skin not to crumble, wither and sag.
Cosmetic skincare products that use the nutrients "Fresh" are valuable for the skin because they not only supplement the diet but above all nourish and preserve the microbiota of our skin. Where the growing interest in a formulation of cosmetic treatments based on food nutrients.
We adopted this principle at L’ODAÏTÈS in formulating usingingredients to principles active directly fromfruits (not yet vegetables... 😊). Concerned about their interest for the skin, we have made them our common thread. Especially since their method of extraction preserves the biological richness and makes possible optimal absorption of these nutrients. In the end, it is the skin that removes alls profits to deploy its beauty, its comfort and its glow natural.