When you look at yourself in the mirror, you see the image that you project to the world. Despite your efforts to look your best, a stressful lifestyle can take its toll on your appearance, making you look and feel tired, haggard and old, and all the beauty products in the world will not be able to hide it.
When examining your mirror image, it is important to remember that your entire body, including beauty features like your skin, hair and nails, is really made up of trillions of independent cells that continually die and are replaced. In fact, the cells of your epidermis, the top-most layer of your skin, are replaced every 10 to 30 days.
That may sound like good news when your skin looks dull, dry and grayish. But unless you give your body the micronutrients it needs to create healthy new cells, your skin will continue to look pretty much the same.
Nutrients That Support Healthy Skin
The formation of new healthy skin cells is supported by a variety of nutrients, such as small peptides, minerals, and vitamins. Because your skin is constantly exposed to high amounts of oxygen, UV light, and oxidizing chemicals, antioxidant vitamins play an important role in preventing damage to skin cells.
Important nutrients for healthy skin include:
- Glutathione: The rock star of antioxidants, glutathione is a peptide made up of 3 amino acids (proteins) and is found in every cell in your body. As an antioxidant, glutathione fights oxidative free radicals responsible for aging skin, chronic inflammation and a weakened immune system. Given the proper nutritional building blocks, your body makes its own glutathione, but high levels of stress, poor nutrition and sleep deprivation can lead to depletion. Taken as an oral supplement, glutathione is poorly absorbed, so IV therapy is your best bet for getting all the glutathione you need to combat stress and aging.
- Vitamins A, C and E: Vitamin A helps repair skin cells and prevent dry flaky dull skin. Another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C helps reduce free-radical damage to skin cells caused by pollution and sun exposure. Vitamin E also functions as an antioxidant, and helps reduce wrinkles.
- Minerals Zinc, Selenium and Silica: Zinc helps your skin heal, works to prevent acne and supports your immune system. Selenium helps maintain skin elasticity and prevents damage from exposure to UV rays. Silica helps to strengthen your body’s tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, hair, nails, bone and cartilage. Silica supports skin cell regeneration and increases levels of skin-hydrating retinoic acid.
- Water: Many people don’t think of water as a nutrient, but it is actually the most important nutrient for beauty, since your body is made up of about 70 percent water. Being chronically dehydrated can make your skin look dry, flaky, wrinkled and saggy. When your vital organs are dehydrated, it can seriously affect your health and speed up aging.
In addition to good nutrition, sleep and exercise are also important for managing stress and improving your overall appearance.
Micronutrient IV Therapy in NYC
You may not be able to put an end to the stressors in your life, but you will manage them better if you provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to combat stress. Advanced Cryo NYC offers micronutrient IV Glutathione therapy to replenish depleted nutrients and eliminate dehydration. Contact Advanced Cryo NYC in nearby SoHo today, and take the first steps to looking and feeling your best with a micronutrient IV cocktail.