Help! I Need To Lose These Wrinkles
A Natural Approach to Younger Looking Skin
On episode #80 of THE TONIC, Dr. Emily Lipinski ND and Tonic Publisher, Jamie Bussin, discussed natural remedies and approaches to help make your skin look younger. This is a digest of their interview (which can be accessed as a podcast at thetonic.ca).
Q. What foods impact our skin?
A. From an Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine perspective, what you eat absolutely affects the quality of your skin, how your skin is hydrated and collagen production. You want to eat foods that have beneficial oils in them. That could be avocados, olive oil, Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also important to eat foods that are hydrating. That would be things like watermelon and cucumbers. Aloe vera, which is known to be moisturizing when used topically can also be consumed internally to help the skin. And if you need to hydrate your skin, you can always drink more water.
Q. What are the best ways to protect our skin?
A. Everyone knows that you’re supposed to cover up your skin’s exposure to the sun - using a sunscreen, long sleeves, a hat etc. The UVA and UVB rays can damage your skin. This sun damage can accelerate your ageing. There was a recent study that came out last year that showed that sunscreen doesn’t necessarily protect against skin cancer. Make sure you don’t get burned. Burns do increase your chance of developing skin cancer. Sunscreen also prevents your skin from fully absorbing Vitamin D; which you get from exposure to sunlight. So brief exposure to the sun, before you burn, might be beneficial - 5-6 minutes on a sunny day, would be beneficial, and then you cover up.
Q. What topical treatments work to get rid of wrinkles?
A. There are two classes of nutrients; antioxidants, which reduce the degradation of collagen by reducing the concentration of free-radicals on your skin, and cellular regulator, which have direct effect on collagen metabolism, influencing how your body produces collagen. The three best antioxidants that help topically are Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E. The cellular regulators are retinol, Vitamin A and topical estrogen. A lot of high-end dermatology clinics or spas will have topical creams for sale that have these nutrients. But your dermatologist, doctor or naturopathic doctor can compound these substances through a pharmacy that can make a topical cream.
Q. Are there any concerns or contra-indications for using these creams?
A. Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E are some creams you would use in the morning. The retinol and Vitamin A you’d want to use at night. Using Vitamin A in the morning might increase sun damage. Also you can’t use Vitamin A if you’re pregnant. It’s a caution around lactation. It’s the same with estrogen. Not everyone should be using it topically. It may be for women who are post-menopausal. There can be risks with breast cancer too. It’s good to be working with someone who’s well versed in this arena to find the best cream for you.
Dr. Emily Lipinski, ND addresses the root cause of a medical issue using natural therapies such as diet, lifestyle and herbs either alone or in conjunction with western medicine. Find her at www.emilylipinski.com