Nutrients You Need To Prevent Cutaneous Aging


Cutaneous aging is an aging process that involves both biological aging and extrinsic aging due to inflammations, pollutions, toxins exposure, poor nutrition, and sunlight. Cutaneous aging results in the degrading of skin features and results in wrinkling, loss of elasticity, laxity, pigmentation, and rough-textured appearance.

The skin is the largest and visible organ, it shows obvious signs of aging. When skin ages naturally it results in thin, dry skin, fine wrinkles, and gradual dermal atrophy. However, with induced skin aging through environmental challenges, the skin may exhibit coarse wrinkles, loss of elasticity, laxity, pigmentation, and rough-textured appearance.

To get a young and beautiful appearance, we can slow down skin aging and helps to recover skin damages through nutrients which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

1) Vitamin C

Food source: citrus fruits, kiwi, bell pepper, berries, currant, guava, broccoli, and spinach

  •  Increases collagen synthesis in the skin
  •  Lightening of skin pigmentation
  •  UV sun protection

2) Vitamin E

Food source: Sunflower seed, hazelnut, avocado, squash, tomato, mango, almond, and kiwi

  • Work with vitamin C to protect skin damage from UV light
  • Prevent skin aging by inhibiting lipid peroxidation

3) Carotenoid

Food source: Cantaloupe, mangoes, papaya, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and pumpkin

  • Reduction of sunburn
  • Protect against skin cancer

4) Vitamin D3

Source: Fatty fish like salmon, and, egg yolks

  • Contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism
  • Destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging

5) Polyphenols

Source: Cocoa powder, berries, olives, flaxseed, nuts, green tea, herbs, and spices

  • Inhibiting collagen degradation and increase collagen synthesis
  • Reduce skin inflammations

6) Proteins

Source: Fish, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, peas, dark green leafy vegetables, and broccoli

  • Repair of skin tissues
  • Provides collagen and elastin for skin firmness and elasticity

7) Water

  • Maintain skin internal balance and tissue function
  • Prevent skin dryness

8) Fatty acids (Omega 3)

Source: Salmon, olive oil, flaxseed, walnut, chia seed, and, sacha inchi oil

  • Promotes skin regeneration
  • Prevent serious skin diseases

9) Co-enzyme Q 10

Source: Meat, fish, broccoli, pistachios, lentils, soybean, cabbage, and, organ meat

  • Promote skin cells to repair
  • Reduce sun damage

Factors trigger skin aging

  • High trans-fat intake
  • High sugar and baked goods intake
  • Processed food
  • Alcohol intake
  • Smoking
  • Poor sleeping habit

By Nutritionist

Anna Hoo Clinic



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