I think I’d be safe in saying we would all like to shave a few years off our face or even slow down the effects of aging. As I’m sure my friends can attest to I’ll never consider jabbing myself in the face with the second most toxic chemical in the world Botox in order to attain this eternal fountain of youth. Striving for internal health, is what I believe truly gives you beauty on the outside.
With that being said, our skin does require a little help from time to time and a number of clinical studies have been conducted to ascertain the value of natural compounds combat signs of ageing, they include the following:
- Aloe Gel: A 2009 study involving women published in the Annals of Dermatology, found that the daily consumption of between 1.2 and 3.6 grams of aloe gel, taken daily for 90 days, significantly improved wrinkles and elasticity in photo aged skin in healthy female subjects over the age of 45 (1).
- Pine Bark: A 2012 study in women, published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, found that taking 40 mg or 100 mg of French maritime pine bark orally (pycnogenol), daily for 12 weeks, improved clinical symptoms in photo aged facial skin (2).
- Cocoa: A 2006 study in women, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that long-term consumption of high flavanol cocoa provides photo protection against UV-induced redness (erythema) whilst improving skin condition (3).
- Green Tea: A 2005 study in women, published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery, found that a combination of topical and oral green tea supplementation resulted in improvement in skin elasticity following exposure to ultraviolet light (4).
- Multi Nutrient Formulation: In 2004, a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment concluded that a multi nutrient formulation incorporating vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, amino acids and glycosaminoglycans, blueberry extract and pycnogenol improved visible signs of aging in women 45-73 years of age after only 6 weeks of treatment (5) In 2005, a study published in the Journal of International Medical Research found that a multi-nutrient formulation of marine proteins, alpha-lipoic acid, pine bark extract, several vitamins and minerals was a safe and efficacious treatment of aging symptoms of the skin in women, after six months (6).
“Oxidative stress is directly related to aging, these anti-inflammatory compounds have the ability to reduce the damage of this oxidative stress to your cells, thereby lessening the effects of aging”
Lastly a 2006 study, published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that a multi-nutrient formulation of soy extract, fish protein polysaccharides, extracts from white tea, grape seed and tomato, vitamins C and E as well as zinc and chamomile extract improves signs of skin aging in post-menopausal women, after six months (7).
Toxic chemicals or natural substances? I know which one I would choose!
By Megan Maitland
- Soyun Cho, Serah Lee, Min-Jung Lee, Dong Hun Lee, Chong-Hyun Won, Sang Min Kim, Jin Ho Chung. Dietary Aloe Vera Supplementation Improves Facial Wrinkles and Elasticity and It Increases the Type I Procollagen Gene Expression in Human Skin in vivo. Ann Dermatol. 2009 Feb;21(1):6-11. Epub 2009 Feb 28. PMID: 20548848
- Minao Furumura, Noriko Sato, Nobutaka Kusaba, Kinya Takagaki, Juichiro Nakayama. Oral administration of French maritime pine bark extract (Flavangenol) improves clinical symptoms in photoaged facial skin. Clin Interv Aging. 2012 ;7:275-86. Epub 2012 Jul 27. PMID: 22956863
- Ulrike Heinrich, Karin Neukam, Hagen Tronnier, Helmut Sies, Wilhelm Stahl. Long-term ingestion of high flavanol cocoa provides photoprotection against UV-induced erythema and improves skin condition in women. J Nutr. 2006 Jun;136(6):1565-9. PMID: 16702322
- Annie E Chiu, Joanna L Chan, Dale G Kern, Sabine Kohler, Wingfield E Rehmus, Alexa B Kimball. Double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of green tea extracts in the clinical and histologic appearance of photoaging skin. Dermatol Surg. 2005 Jul;31(7 Pt 2):855-60; discussion 860. PMID: 16029678
- D Segger, F Schönlau. Supplementation with Evelle improves skin smoothness and elasticity in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 62 women. J Dermatolog Treat. 2004 Jul;15(4):222-6. PMID: 15764035
- E Thom. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the clinical efficacy of oral treatment with DermaVite on ageing symptoms of the skin. J Int Med Res. 2005 May-Jun;33(3):267-72. PMID: 15938587
- G R Lange Skovgaard, A S Jensen, M L Sigler. Effect of a novel dietary supplement on skin aging in post-menopausal women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Oct;60(10):1201-6. Epub 2006 May 3. PMID: 16670692