Food and Your Skin

logo-2-02[3]It’s no secret that good nutrition, meaning lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with plenty of fresh water can improve your skin complexion. What you may not realize though, is food can also play a vital role in protecting your skin from sun damage.

Ingredients commonly found on your grocery shelf are often used as a basis in the lab for skin care products. A Photodamage Protocol Kit that we use in my office contains ingredients such as green tea, Vitamins C, B3, A and E. Ingredients all found naturally in food, and powerful allies for healthy skin. The kit is designed to revitalize your skin from sun damage, thus preventing further erosion, which left untreated, could ultimately turn into skin cancer.

The science behind nature

  • Many studies reveal that green tea improves adverse skin reactions to UV exposure.
  • Vitamin C is found naturally occurring in a variety of fruits and vegetables including oranges, dark leafy greens and peppers. Vitamin C is a terrific antioxidant, and its anti-inflammatory properties have shown to improve photodamage, wrinkles and increase collagen production.
  • Vitamin B3 is found in wheat bran, anchovies, sun-dried tomatoes and other sources. Also known as Niacin, B3 has properties that make it effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin elasticity.
  • Vitamin E occurs naturally in sunflower seeds, spinach and almonds just to name a few. It effectively helps reduce skin roughness, facial lines, and the depth of wrinkles. It stimulates collagen through an interaction with Vitamin C.

Other ingredients in the kit

  • Hydropeptides are created from essential amino acids in both plants and animals.  These help the skin keep a youthful appearance by stimulating collagen and increasing water retention.
  • Kojic Acid  is a by-product in the fermentation process of sake, a Japanese rice wine. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, and lightens the skin.
  • Vitamin A, which is found naturally sweet potatoes, carrots and other foods helps guard against UV radiation and wrinkles.
  • Arbutin is extracted naturally from a plant called Bearberry and is also found in wheat and pear skins. It can also be created synthetically. Arbutin is used to brighten the skin.

Photodamage Protocol Kit

Our Photodamage Protocol kit contains a combination of natural ingredients, and those enhanced in the lab. They all work together to reverse sun damage and give your skin a youthful appearance.

The field of using food and herbals in skin care continues to grow. If you would like further information, the National Institutes of Health has published informative papers, which include well documented medical studies. Here is a link to one of the articles: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3263051/. For additional details on the Photodamage Protocol kit, click here to view information on my website.

About Christine Brown, M.D.

Dr. Christine Brown operates a leading dermatology practice in Dallas, Texas. She understands the importance of good skin care and is committed to providing you with high-quality care in a pleasant and professional atmosphere. Services include clinical and cosmetic dermatology.
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