Skin care isn’t just about topical creams and potions, your skin depends on specific vitamins and minerals that can not be delivered through diet alone…

Research proves that certain nutrients are essential in the prevention and reversal of many signs of skin ageing. Even with a well balanced diet only a small percentage of nutrients for your skin can be met. Identifying and supplementing key nutrients that are integral for health and texture of your skin should be apart of your daily skin care regime.

Vitamin A or retinol is one of the most widely acknowledged nutrients for healthy skin. Vitamin A promotes cell turnover through the promotion of modulating dermal growth factors. A lack of Vitamin A can lead to dry, rough and scaly skin texture.

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant that can curb the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. It also plays an important role in the regulation of the structural protein in collagen. A lack in Vitamin C can impair the skins ability to repair itself and impacts on the formation of collagen.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) significantly increases glutathione in the cells which acts as a potent antioxidant in the skin. Increased glutathione in the skin protects against oxidative damage in cells and reducing the effects of sun damage.

Selenium also plays a role in increasing glutathione activity and reducing the overall oxidative stress in skin cells. A deficiency in Selenium can have consequences for general health of the skin.

Amino Acids play several key roles in building and maintaining healthy skin. Amino Acids supply nutrients to the skin. They play important roles in strengthening connective tissue and keeping the skin smooth, firm and elastic. Glutamine regulates the acid base balance and firms the skin. Arginine and Carnitine forms Creatine which stimulates endogenous collagen production.

While it is important to supplement important vitamins, minerals and amino acids it is very hard to understand what doses and multi vitamins to take for achieving recommended levels. Reaching for a generic multi vitamin off the pharmacy shelf will help but its very much a shot in the dark as to achieving correct dietary levels for each individual.

Fast becoming a health and fitness trend is the use of pathology testing to get exact individual levels of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These tests are analysed to understand your individual deficiencies and the results are then sent to a compounding pharmacy where a multi vitamin / mineral is compounded with your specific requirements. This tailored and individualised approach is becoming the gold standard in dietary supplementation. We use local company Ageing Solutions for all tailored supplementation at www.ageingsolutions.com.au.