Healthy Beginnings

Advances in science increasing odds of maintaining radiant skin

Natural skin care products can make you look more radiant and younger and help your skin be healthier. Courtesy photo

Everyone wants healthy and radiant skin. The recent decoding of the human genome has opened Pandora’s box revealing mechanisms associated with cellular damage leading to premature aging.

Luckily, these scientific advances have illuminated once-hidden pathways to combat cellular damage and slow the aging process. For those of us with skin, this is good news.

The rapidly growing field of nutrigenomics — described in a 2007 article in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives as “(T)he study of the effects of nutrition and lifestyle variables on the expression of an individual’s genetic makeup” — has application in skin care and skin health.

An off-shoot of nutrigenomics called dermagenetics (the study related to better skin health by the use of nutraceuticals or skin creams enriched by cosmeceuticals) has led to a number of effective products, according to a 2010 article in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.

Although this term was coined over two decades ago, most people have never heard the term “cosmeceutical.” Cosmeceuticals represent a new category of products placed between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals that are intended for the enhancement of both the health and beauty of skin, per the 2011 article “Cosmeceuticals: the new medicine of beauty” in the Missouri Medicine journal, and they represent the next generation of skin care.

Extensive research has shown aging skin cells have a decreased ability to combat environmental stressors secondary to their decreased antioxidant capacity, according to a 2010 article in The British Journal of Dermatology.

This has led to formulations using natural compounds shown to restore antioxidant enzymes in skin cells such as olive fatty acid derivatives, marine algae products, and other plant-derived compounds such as green tea extract, milk thistle, ashwaganda and brassica oleracea.

“Better Skin Mirakle Cream” is an all-natural product with green tea extract, algae extract, peptides, and hyaluronic acid designed to moisturize skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Mirakle Cream is vegan, cruelty free, made in the USA and winner of 2017 Clean Beauty Award by CertClean, which is North America’s leading certification for safe beauty and personal care products.

Another skin care product using phytonutrients for healthier skin is True Science. Their formulation uses 12 botanicals scientifically proven to induce protective mechanisms to combat oxidative stress by stimulating NrF2.

NrF2 is a cellular protein, that when activated, results in the expression of genes that encode cytoprotective enzymes and molecules, information based off a study that was presented at the IFSCC International Conference in Zurich in 2015.

This skin care line showed promising results with increased Nrf2 in skin cells, decreased cellular byproducts seen after UV exposure, and decreased wrinkles and healthier looking skin in test subjects.

None of these skin care products claim to cure or treat disease, but they can make you look more radiant and younger and help your skin be healthier.

Robert Floyd, MD, is a board-certified family physician practicing integrative and functional medicine at Gerber Medical Clinic in Reno. He is now accepting new patients. Visit www.DrFloyd.org or call 775-826-1900 for more information.