Nutritional Therapy/Naturopathy

 
   
 

The Power Berry skincare range nourishes the skin from the outside/in but the secret to a glowing, healthy complexion also involves focusing on the inside/out and being aware of the fact that what goes into the body is just as important as what goes on it. Both Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathy can help keep skin in top condition, ensuring a supply of essential nutrients, which promote skin renewal and supply anti-ageing and protective properties.

Power Berry skincare products make full use of antioxidant-rich berries, including acai, goji, bilberry and blueberry. Antioxidants encourage cell health and help to minimise the damage caused by free radicals, which encourage the destruction of collagen. The largest groups of antioxidants are known as flavonoids, phytochemicals which give some fruit and vegetables their vibrant colours and taste. The purple-blue-red-orange spectrum contains the most antioxidants. Another key naturally-occurring flavonoid is resveratrol which is found in abundance in blueberries and works to protect the skin from the signs of ageing, encourages cells to live longer, protects against inflammation and boosts the immune system. In essence, the power of the berry has far-reaching, positive effects on both the inside and the outside of the skin.

At this time of year, skin suffers from the effects of sun-exposure and possible holiday excesses, which encourage the production of free radicals. As far as skin is concerned, free radicals not only exacerbate the loss of collagen and elastin, having a negative effect on the skin’s strength and elasticity, but also encourage the formation of sun or liver spots and hyperpigmentation. Sun-stressed skin will also age faster.

Recommended skin-boosting antioxidants include the following vitamins and minerals:
 
    Vitamin C:  
  Boosts collagen and elastin levels, encouraging a more youthful appearance  
  Promotes skin renewal and regrowth  
  Helps the body to absorb various other vitamins and minerals  
  Used in conjunction with vitamin E, helps to reduce the skin’s reaction to sunburn  
  Contains essential anti-inflammatory properties  
       
    Vitamin A:  
  Promotes the production of new skin cells  
  Helps to prevent a dry, flaky complexion  
       
    Vitamin E:  
  Stimulates cell growth  
  Works with vitamin C to fight against free radicals  
       
    Selenium:  
  Produces glutathione, which scavenges free radicals  
       
    Zinc:  
  Promotes healthy skin growth  
  A lack of which is associated with acne and eczema  
 

Advice on taking supplements is also the domain of the Nutritional Therapist or Naturopath, as an excess of which can prove to be toxic.  Regular consumption of a variety of fresh, colourful foods is always the first step towards well-being but sometimes an extra boost from specific supplements can provide essential support when stressed, skipping meals, or trying to squeeze too much out the time you have.  Nutrients available in supplement form which can be taken to support skin health and the post-holiday period in general include:

 
    Vitamin B Complex:  
  Maintains healthy skin, hair and nails  
  Supports the immune system  
  Boosts energy levels  
       
    Rosehip oil:  
  Contains tretinoin, a form of retinol/vitamin A, and which can help nourish skin tissue  
  Contains lycopene which in turn helps prevent damage by free radicals and the sun  
       
    Milk Thistle:  
  Supports the liver, which if sluggish, can encourage the formation of sun spots  
  Aids detoxification especially after holiday excesses  
       
    Essential fatty acids:  
  Help to reduce inflammation  
  Key in the fight against free radicals  
       
    Grapeseed extract:  
  Another powerful antioxidant, this helps strengthen collagen and improve skin tone  
  Boosts the immune system  
 

The supplements are available to support the body at any given time are many and varied and advice on dosage and complementary nutrients is best sought from a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist or Naturopath.
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