There is a lot of emphasis on maintaining a youthful appearance but what are the best ways to do this? As consumers, we spend billions per year on products and treatments to slow down aging. There are many reasons why our skin ages and for some quicker than others. We know that as we age, collagen production decreases and fibres degrade at a faster rate than in earlier years. This leads to a reduction in the amount of collagen in the skin/dermis and these areas of less support begin to cave in and wrinkles form.
Our skin is a major detox organ and is regarded as our third kidney for this very reason. Sweating daily is good for so many aspects of our health and is a key way our body detoxifies. Daily exercise, dry skin brushing, and infrared saunas are great ways to increase sweat production and lymph drainage to further this process. Make sure you are rehydrating with good quality water and electrolytes to replace any nutrients lost. It is also really important to jump in the shower after a good sweat to wash away the toxins that have come out, preferably in a luke-warm to cold shower to prevent stripping away the skin’s natural oils.
Our skin is largely made up of water and fat making it really important to ensure you are taking in daily essential fatty acids. Deficiency results in inflammation of the skin and the majority of us have suboptimal intake of these important nutrients. Omega 3 and 6 are the two main groups of essential fatty acids, meaning our body’s do not make these fats so we are required to get them from our diets. Fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts are all really high in omega 3’s which are important for reducing inflammation, improving brain function, and of course keeping our skin soft and full. Omega 6’s are a bit different in that there are two main categories, ones that decrease inflammation and ones that increase inflammation. Our body’s need a balance of the two to maintain proper immunity. While it is a bit more challenging to obtain anti-inflammatory omega 6’s, Evening Primrose and Borage Seed oils are amazing for the skin.
Best known for healing injured joints, PRP is natural way to restore healthy connective tissue, dissolving wrinkles and scars. A blood sample is placed in a special centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components of whole blood. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate tissue recovery and collagen production. They also increase blood flow, rejuvenating skin to restore that fresh glow. PRP is collected from your blood eliminating any risk of rejection, allergic reactions, and infection. Growth factors stimulate resident stem cells to promote regeneration for anti-aging. It is a natural approach to correcting fine lines providing a natural “face lift”. For best results, 2-3 treatments are needed with 2-4 months between treatments. PRP creates a smooth, tighter, glowing skin improving texture and tone within 3-4 weeks.
Dr. Pamela Smith is a Naturopathic Physician at Village Health Clinic in Surrey BC and Divine Elements Clinic in Vancouver BC. In her family medical practice, she has a special interest in women’s health, chronic skin conditions, healthy aging, digestion, and weight loss. She has pursued extra training in Aesthetic medicine (facial rejuvenation), Naturopathic pediatric & obstetrical care, trained as a Naturopathic doula, and has her pharmaceutical prescriptive authority. Her philosophy is that the human body has the incredible ability to heal itself when given the right tools. Dr. Pam is focused on living a balanced and preventative lifestyle and supports her patients in doing the same. www.drpamelasmith.com