Skins Nutritional Needs

skin-diagramAt FirstCare we see many basic dermatology patients. If a patient has a skin issue we can’t handle, we know exactly where to send them.

Your skin needs tender loving care. Expose it to dry, polluted air and you’ll have parched and wrinkled skin. Sun it too much and you’ll reap premature skin, age spots and wrinkles. Pamper it with nourishing ingredients and your skin will glow. Clear, supple and soft skin becomes the enviable result. Consider some of these nourishing, rejuvenating and revitalizing ingredients used in dermatology:

Alpha hydroxy acids

This broad category of natural acids includes citric acid (found in citrus fruits), lactic acid (found in milk), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), malic acid (found in apples) and tartaric acid (found in grapes), among others. When used topically, alpha hydroxy acids remove dead cells to reveal clearer, brighter skin. Skin experts also use it rather effectively to treat acne and reduce acne scars, combat sun damage and improve skin firmness. An all-round skin enhancer.

Blueberry Extract

Blueberries boast high levels of antioxidants, in fact, higher than red wine and green tea combined. It’s a known fact that antioxidants prevent cellular damage by free radicals. It goes to reason that extract from blueberries helps to improve skin health. How? It revitalizes skin and promotes healing. When used in skin peels, it shortens healing time and reduces scarring in wound and burn treatment.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

This ancient fruit dates back to Biblical times and is often a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life. With its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, pomegranate seed oil makes a formidable skin saver. A study found that pomegranate oil stimulates keratinocytes, major cells found in the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) to promote rejuvenation.

Green Algae Astaxanthin

Green algae produces a group of carotenoid, known as astaxanthin. They exert powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. When analyzed, astaxanthin is more powerful than vitamin E or vitamin C. Astaxanthin has been used to treat a number of health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration, heart and brain health. In terms of skin health, it helps to protect against skin damage (such as sunburn, premature aging, age spots, inflammation of skin) caused by UV radiation.

Some of the above ingredients (and more) are used in the skin care treatments. For clearer, younger and more radiant skin, contact us today.