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Aging is inevitable, but how fast and well aging occurs is something that can be controlled. There are two processes that occur when the skin begins to age: internal and external factors. Genetics plays an important factor in internal aging, also known as biological skin aging. Biologically, as we grow older our skin naturally slows down cell regeneration & renewal, decreases sweat gland secretion, begins degeneration of connective tissue and elastic fiber, ultimately leading to loses in firmness and elasticity. External factors leading to aging include sun exposure, ultraviolet irradiation, smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition. Let’s take a deeper look at how naturopathic medicine can address both internal and external factors, leading to more natural and graceful aging.
Not getting enough sleep can have negative impacts on the skin. Individuals with poor quality and short duration of sleep were shown to have increased internal signs of aging like fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced plumpness of the skin. Also, people who get sufficient, restful sleep had better recovery from skin stressors, like a sunburn. Sleep is crucial for skin health because the skin needs sleep to repair itself. Having trouble sleeping? This is an area that naturopathic doctors excel in! Naturopathic doctors use calming nutrients, relaxing herbs, lifestyle modification and more to facilitate healthy & restful slumber.
There are several ways that diet and nutrition can impact skin aging. External aging factors create free radicals, creating oxidative stress and cause premature aging. Nutrient therapy involves increasing antioxidants and other nutrients that keep free radicals and oxidative stress at bay. Naturopathic doctors are educated in knowing what and how much is safe to consume. Aside from antioxidants, there are many other nutrients that are available to support the natural aging process.
Topical treatments are beneficial and recommended to decrease the appearance of aging. Natural topical treatments are available for this purpose. For instance, there is topical ascorbic acid treatment, niacinamide treatment, and vitamin E for the anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative mechanism of action against aging. Naturopathic skin doctors are well versed in these products, knowing when and how to use it.
Aside from these interventions, naturopathic skin doctors have other tools in their tool kit to help prevent premature aging and facilitate a more holistic and natural approach to aging. Connect with me to learn how I can help you age more beautifully!