FEEL GOOD IN YOUR SKIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT
You can apply conditioner, slather on sunscreen, or rub in cream, but if you want silky hair, flawless skin, and strong nails, you need more than just topical treatments. You need a good foundation to build upon. Starting from the inside out, that foundation is healthy hair, skin and nails.
And that’s where the marriage of beauty and wellness works to your benefit.
As your dermatologist will admonish – you need to combine professional-grade cosmeceuticals and treatments along with professional-grade skin care supplements. Why? Because a bi-directional approach often yields faster and better results.
So, what’s holding you back from incorporating beauty and wellness into your daily routine?
Perhaps you’re confident in choosing a beauty product but lack the intel on how to do the same for a beauty supplement. Relax. You’re not alone. The good news is that you don’t need to be a nutritionist to determine the beauty supplement that’s right for you.
Plus, the same principles that apply to a high-quality hair, skin or nail formula apply to a high-quality beauty nutraceutical. Whether delivered topically or orally, the hallmark of a quality beauty and wellness product is the type and amount of ingredients used in the formula.
At VitaMedica, we’ve been Protecting Inner Beauty® since 1997. Over the past two decades, our team of experts has worked closely with skin care professionals, dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Based on this clinical experience, we are in an excellent position to guide you in selecting the beauty and wellness regimen that works best for you, your budget and your lifestyle.
So, let’s get started on your beauty from within journey.
Start with the Fundamentals
Just like a good skin care routine starts with the fundamentals, so too does a good beauty and wellness routine. The difference? With skin care, the basics include a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. With beauty and wellness, the basics include a multi-vitamin & mineral, Omega-3, phytonutrient and probiotic supplement.
These beauty nutrients work from the inside out to support the health and maintenance of your hair, skin and nails. They also help to hydrate, lubricate, protect and defend your beauty assets. Read on to learn more.†
Repair, Growth & Maintenance
From collagen in the dermis to keratin in the hair and nails, these beauty building blocks require certain nutrients for their ongoing repair, growth, and maintenance. Run low on their supply, and you may find that your skin looks sallow or your hair and nails just won’t grow.
A healthy diet like the Q Prescription® from Dr. David H. Rahm – featuring quality proteins, quality carbohydrates, and quality fats – provides the important macro and micronutrients for optimal health, beauty and wellness.
But, if you’re not eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day or find yourself consuming more pasta than fish or snacking on pretzels instead of nuts, then taking a supplement will help to fill in the gaps in your beauty from within diet.
A simple solution is to take a hair, skin & nail (HSN) supplement. These formulas often feature biotin and may include a few other nutrients; but don’t look to a HSN supplement to provide a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
Get your beauty and wellness nutrients in one supplement by taking a high-quality multi. A multi will not only support the largest organ of the body (your skin) but your overall health and wellness. In your multi, look for the beauty ingredients vitamin A and the carotenoids, the full B-complex including biotin and pantothenic acid, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) zinc, selenium, manganese and copper.†
Hydration & Lubrication
With age, our hair, skin and nails begin to dry out due to a decrease in natural oil production and moisture-retention. Drinking plenty of water and limiting intake of sodium, alcohol and caffeine inhibits dehydration. Eating foods like avocado, walnuts, and cold-water fish, provide a good source of healthy fats to support skin suppleness and silky hair.
To help keep your skin looking plump, take a supplement like Clear Skin Formula which is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a natural humectant. To counter dry skin and fine lines, add an Omega-3 supplement like organic Flax Seed Oil or Super EPA/DHA Fish Oil to your beauty bag. These supplements are also formulated with vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin with antioxidant and emollient properties, to help prevent oxidation of the fatty acids.†
Natural UV Protection
Ask any skin care professional, and she’ll confirm that the sun is the number one cause of skin aging. Ultra violet light from the sun’s harmful rays weaken collagen links deep in the skin, promoting fine lines, wrinkling and hyperpigmentation.
How does the sun’s harmful rays promote aging? Ultra violet light along with environmental pollution contributes to the development of free-radicals. Scientists believe that the accumulation of free-radical damage to cells over time plays a role in the aging process.
Our bodies have multiple innate mechanisms to defend against free-radical damage. Antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase and vitamins C and E are key to this defense system and work by neutralizing and eliminating free-radicals. However, this process becomes less efficient with age.
You can boost your antioxidant defense system by eating plenty of deeply colored fruits and vegetables, like cherries, dark leafy greens, yellow squash and sweet potato. These health-promoting foods are chock-full of phytonutrients – chemicals that not only impart color but
protect the plant from the sun’s harmful rays. When consumed, the antioxidant benefits are conferred to all our organ systems including the skin.
Of the 600 or more phytonutrients found in nature, studies have shown that beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are particularly important for skin health. These phytonutrients are deposited deep into the skin and help to deactivate free-radicals. Look for beauty supplements that are formulated with Betatene®, a natural, mixed carotenoid blend.
In addition to eating a wide-range of deeply colored fruits and vegetables, fill in the gaps in your diet with a phytonutrient supplement. Think of this nutraceutical as your internal sunscreen.†
Natural Defense & Immune Function
As the body’s first line of defense, the skin is designed to keep bacteria and viruses along with harmful chemicals from entering the body. The beneficial bacteria that naturally reside on the skin’s surface and that line the digestive tract play a key role in managing the immune system.
Maintaining a robust gut microbiome not only supports your overall health but helps to keep your skin looking blemish-free. And while it might seem like a disconnect that the beneficial bugs in your digestive tract support skin health, studies increasingly show the importance of the skin-gut connection.†
To keep the beneficial bugs on your skin balanced and in check, apply a topical probiotic beauty product. To keep your gut microbiome in balance, aim for 25-30 grams of fiber in your diet daily and eat fermented foods like yogurt and kefir. Replenish and boost this defense system by supplementing with a balanced-spectrum probiotic like Probiotic-8.†
Now that you have a better understanding of the fundamentals of beauty and wellness, it’s easy to figure out what nutritional supplements make the most sense for you.