Skin is made up of proteins: Collagen, elastin and keratin. Collagen alone makes up 75-80% of your skin and is responsible for the plumpness of your skin. Elastin is responsible for giving the skin structure. Keratin is the barrier of protection on the surface area of your skin.
Collagen Protein Structure:
Amino acids, called peptides, bond together to create the structure of collagen, elastin and keratin.
When the protein structure loses its integrity from free radical damage (caused by age and environment), it is essential that we continue to feed and replenish the damaged peptides in order to maintain a healthy skin structure.
How to prevent break down:
Defend your healthy cells from free radical damage in order to prevent break down of the protein structure. Free radicals are cells that lose an electron due to oxidation from sun exposure or environmental toxins. The free radicals then search for other healthy cells in the protein structure to steal an electron from to become whole again. This creates a new free radical and weakens the entire structure of the protein. It becomes a game of dominoes unless you feed your cells what they need to prevent cells from becoming free radicals.
Nutrition your cells need:
This is where a healthy skin diet comes in: Research has shown that healthy needs 5 essential nutrients to prevent it from breaking down and to maintain overall skin health.
- Antioxidants are vitamins that prevent oxidation caused by free radicals
- Polysaccharides feed your skin cells oxygen while hyaluronic acid feeds your skin water
- Amino Acids are the building blocks of the protein structure that makes up collagen
- Essential Minerals build the cell wall barrier that protect healthy cells from free radicals
- Alpha Hydroxyl acids rid the body of damaged cells to make room for healthy ones