Understanding "Beauty from Within" Nutricosmetics 101

Antioxidant Cocktails, functional foods and sophisticated supplements define a growing category within  the Wellness & Spa Industry, known as Nutricosmetics.

Nutritcosmetics Defined

Nutritional Cosmetics (or more widely known as Nutricosmetics,) are nutraceutical (active components purported to offer a therapeutic action commonly found in food or botanicals) products formulated to support and enhance ones natural beauty (skin health, hair, nails, slimming effects.) Although there are a multitude of ingredients now being marketed for skin health and beauty purposes, it is important to seek products backed by Health Professionals with credible scientific studies proving the desired benefits.

How does the Skin Age?

There are many factors that can accelerate skin aging that may include hormonal imbalance, inflammation, smoking and exposure to ultraviolet radiation.  As the skin ages, the cells are more susceptible to environmental stressors.  These stressors stimulate the production of free radicals, which can potentially damage cell membranes, proteins, and DNA. It is the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants that can eventually break down the connective tissues and collagen, and release chemicals that lead to cellular and molecular events that are evident as the formation of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, inflammation, and sagging skin.

How do Nutricosmetics work from within?

Skin is the largest organ in the body and therefore places incredible nutrient demands for optimal renewal and repair. Our skin protects us from our environment, maintains moisture, regulates temperature, and is a part of our immune system.  The skin is continuously exposed to oxidation and environmental factors which cause damage and challenge the normal functions of the skin. The deeper layers of the skin contain all the components that give skin its strength and elasticity- this is where the blood vessels are located which the carry nutrients when taken internally. This creates a need for specific nutrients to maintain skin health and to prevent oxidative stress (skin aging.)

In conjunction with a healthy diet, Nutricosmetics may provide all critical nutrients to the body to help optimize skin cell renewal protect the skin from oxidative stress (aging,) and help to minimize skin irritations such as inflammation. To obtain all essential nutrients through diet alone can be difficult. Most products offer antioxidant rich formulations that may contain a mixture of minerals, vitamins, botanical and natural compounds to promote healthier, firmer, smoother and glowing skin. Omega rich oils and marine based seaweeds also help to hydrate and promote collagen production in the deeper layers of skin.

Combined with topical treatments & products, Nutricosmetics offer a 360 degree approach to total beauty!