The connection between our internal health and skin is undeniable. There is something obvious, yet profound that affects the health of our internal organs, glands and systems on a consistent basis – our diets.
The effect of nutrition on skin aging has been an interesting field of study, from ancient times to modern times. Considering the matrix of the skin, our diets can be a source of regenerative fuel for healthy, youthful skin.
In this article, we’re covering why it’s so important to use natural plant-derived retinol as an anti-aging compound.
Uncovering the Link Between Nutrients & Skin Aging
First and foremost, let’s talk about skin aging. The process of skin aging consists of two didactically independent, biological processes.
The first is intrinsic skin aging, which represents the internal factors in skin aging. These include factors like the biological aging of the cells and internal organs, disease, free radical damage, inflammation, and the physiological processes that affect skin health.
The second is extrinsic skin aging, which involves the external factors that affect skin aging, including environmental toxins, ultraviolet (UV) exposure, radiation, smoking, sleep and nutrition.
While seemingly independent, both intrinsic and extrinsic factors have a similar effect on the skin. They result in oxidative stress, inflammation and the aging of the skin cells. A well-managed lifestyle including proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, and skin-care routine can greatly reduce the occurrence of oxidative stress and thereby improve the health of the skin and promote anti-aging.
Additionally, the use of topical, antioxidant substances is an effective way to neutralize the effects of free radicals in the environment. Of the frequently researched antioxidants, there is a special class of nutrients that reign supreme, those are the carotenoids.
Carotenoids and specifically retinol, have been referred to as agents capable of promoting skin health and beauty. Let’s take a moment to explore the beneficial anti-aging effects of these special antioxidants.
The Importance of Retinol
Carotenoids include a glass of antioxidant vitamins, specifically vitamin A, β-carotene, astaxanthin, and retinol, which all have powerful free radical savaging abilities that inhibit oxidative damage.
The importance of retinol was discovered during World War I in which they found that a deficiency in retinol gives rise to xerosis and follicular hyperkeratosis. There are also historical uses of vitamin A that dates back some 3000 years to ancient Egypt, where the liver was used to treat night blindness.
Today, the modern history of retinoids starts in 1909 when an essential factor in the fatty extract of the egg yolk, called vitamin A, was discovered. Since then, retinoids have been known and used to for treating dermatoses, preventing photoaging and more.
Biologically speaking, retinoids are required for a large number of processes. In particular, retinol is important for embryogenesis, reproduction, vision, healthy growth, normal inflammation, cell differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis. Retinol is also an essential part of normal pigment, the regulation of sebum (skin and hair follicle oils), and for vision.
There is a great importance for dietary retinol, considering the body itself cannot synthesize it. Therefore, retinol must derive from diet or through high-quality extracts. Retinol can be found in liver, milk, egg yolk, cheese and fatty fish. You can also find natural retinol products, both topical use, in which the retinol skin receptors will recognize for utilization.
Skin Benefits of Retinol
As we have learned, a proper diet, containing retinol-rich foods like grass-fed liver, eggs, ghee and fatty fish, is a must for an optimal skin care diet.
In addition to the ingestion of beauty nutrients, there is definitely a place for topical methods for countering skin aging, wrinkling and irregular pigmentation of the skin. In fact, topical use of vitamin A acid derivatives like retinol can be even more effective than most supplements, due to their superior bioavailability.
According to clinical research, topical retinol has a beneficial UV protective ability, reducing the potential free radical damage caused by excessive UV exposure. Topical retinol treatments inhibit the UV-induced, MMP-mediated breakdown of collagen. In other words, retinol applied to the skin protects the skin from wrinkling.
Additionally, retinol can stimulate healthy blood vessel development and normalize sebum production resulting in smoother, glowing, acne-free and youthful-looking skin.
Finding and Using Natural Plant-Derived Retinol
Retinol products are not all created equal. Chemical-based retinol products on the market are often referred to as anti-aging creams or acne creams. However, these products often contain harsh parabens and BHT which come with unwanted side effects. For example, the conventional oral retinoid acne medication Accutane is known to cause birth defects and liver toxicity. Other topical retinoids like prescription tretinoin can cause precancerous lesions, increase sensitivity to UV rays and increase photoaging.
For a quality source of retinol be sure to try our Gold Serum. It contains a plant-derived retinol, contains no carcinogens, or other harsh toxic ingredients. Additionally, it comes packed with other clinically backed, natural, anti-aging, ingredients that can help maintain wrinkle free skin.
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