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Our Natural Therapy class of Skin Care products contains oral and topical products for moisturising, hydrating, nourishing and protecting skin to help manage the effects of aging and sun damage.

Use the search feature to quickly find the product you are looking for, by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. marine and extract, or the product name, e.g. Imedeen. 

Our Natural Therapy class of Skin Care products contains oral and topical products for moisturising, hydrating, nourishing and protecting skin to help manage the effects of aging and sun damage.

Use the search feature to quickly find the product you are looking for, by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. marine and extract, or the product name, e.g. Imedeen. 
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Aging, free radicals and damaged skin

The environment, particularly exposure to UV from the sun, contributes to skin damage and together with the natural aging process causes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive chemicals produced by oxidation, which is a chemical reaction that occurs in the body as a result of normal metabolism or due to environmental factors such as UV radiation or pollution and cigarette smoke.  Free radicals can cause cell damage and cell death and are thought to contribute to skin damage.  Antioxidants are stable compounds that neutralise free radicals and therefore, protect against the damage they can cause.  Some antioxidants like glutathione occur naturally in the body, they can also be obtained from the diet in a range of fruits and vegetables, such as Vitamin E, the most common fat-soluble antioxidant and Vitamin C, the most common water-soluble antioxidant. 

As we age the appearance of the skin changes, the epidermis becomes thinner, less collagen is produced and more moisture is lost, all of which are accelerated by UV exposure.  Age-related changes in melanocyte (cells that produce the pigment melanin) size and activity, can result in the formation of large patches of pigment known as age spots, liver spots or lentigos. 

Dietary supplements to nourish and protect skin

The visible signs of aging and the impact of the environment on the skin include dryness, fine lines and wrinkles and dullness of complexion.  These signs are a reflection of changes in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin due to environmental damage, loss of collagen and elastin, and loss of moisture, resulting in reduced elasticity and thinning of the skin. 

Dietary supplements, containing a marine extract rich in proteins and polysaccharides similar to those naturally found in connective tissue and containing vitamin C, zinc, and other antioxidants like lycopene, have been found to help restore the structure and function of damaged and aging skin.  Scientific studies have shown that when this extract is added to skin in tissue culture, there was an increased production of collagen and elastin, increased life span of skin cells in culture, improved dermal and epidermal skin structure, reduced amount of free radicals produced and reduced damage caused by UV radiation.  When taken orally this extract helped enhance the quality and appearance of skin over the whole body as well as the face, reducing loss of moisture in the skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 1

Dietary supplements for skin conditions

Evening Primrose Oil is another dietary supplement that when taken orally can help nourish and protect skin.  This extract of the Evening Primrose flower is rich in polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, which are important nutrients required to synthesise chemicals with anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect against dry skin and help treat skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema2.  

Topical skin products

Topical skin products are available as a solid bar and as a lotion that can be used to cleanse and moisturise dry and sensitive skin, and are particularly helpful for skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. 

These products protect against water loss through the upper layers of the skin and contain moisturisers and humectants that help skin retain water by hydrating skin. 

References 

  1. Vicanova J, Bouez C, Lacroix S,Lindmark L,Damour O. Epidermal and dermal characteristics in skin equivalent after systemic and topical application of skin care ingredients. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 May;1067:337-42.
  2. Simon D, Eng PA, Borelli S, Kagi R, Zimmermann C, Zahner C, Jurgen D, Hess L, Ferrari G, Lautenschlager S, Wuthrich B, Schmid-Grendelmeier P.  Gamma-Linolenic Acid Levels Correlate with Clinical Efficacy of Evening Primrose Oil in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Adv Ther 2014; 31:180–188

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Aging, free radicals and damaged skin

The environment, particularly exposure to UV from the sun, contributes to skin damage and together with the natural aging process causes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive chemicals produced by oxidation, which is a chemical reaction that occurs in the body as a result of normal metabolism or due to environmental factors such as UV radiation or pollution and cigarette smoke.  Free radicals can cause cell damage and cell death and are thought to contribute to skin damage.  Antioxidants are stable compounds that neutralise free radicals and therefore, protect against the damage they can cause.  Some antioxidants like glutathione occur naturally in the body, they can also be obtained from the diet in a range of fruits and vegetables, such as Vitamin E, the most common fat-soluble antioxidant and Vitamin C, the most common water-soluble antioxidant. 

As we age the appearance of the skin changes, the epidermis becomes thinner, less collagen is produced and more moisture is lost, all of which are accelerated by UV exposure.  Age-related changes in melanocyte (cells that produce the pigment melanin) size and activity, can result in the formation of large patches of pigment known as age spots, liver spots or lentigos. 

Dietary supplements to nourish and protect skin

The visible signs of aging and the impact of the environment on the skin include dryness, fine lines and wrinkles and dullness of complexion.  These signs are a reflection of changes in the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin due to environmental damage, loss of collagen and elastin, and loss of moisture, resulting in reduced elasticity and thinning of the skin. 

Dietary supplements, containing a marine extract rich in proteins and polysaccharides similar to those naturally found in connective tissue and containing vitamin C, zinc, and other antioxidants like lycopene, have been found to help restore the structure and function of damaged and aging skin.  Scientific studies have shown that when this extract is added to skin in tissue culture, there was an increased production of collagen and elastin, increased life span of skin cells in culture, improved dermal and epidermal skin structure, reduced amount of free radicals produced and reduced damage caused by UV radiation.  When taken orally this extract helped enhance the quality and appearance of skin over the whole body as well as the face, reducing loss of moisture in the skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 1

Dietary supplements for skin conditions

Evening Primrose Oil is another dietary supplement that when taken orally can help nourish and protect skin.  This extract of the Evening Primrose flower is rich in polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, which are important nutrients required to synthesise chemicals with anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect against dry skin and help treat skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema2.  

Topical skin products

Topical skin products are available as a solid bar and as a lotion that can be used to cleanse and moisturise dry and sensitive skin, and are particularly helpful for skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. 

These products protect against water loss through the upper layers of the skin and contain moisturisers and humectants that help skin retain water by hydrating skin. 

References 

  1. Vicanova J, Bouez C, Lacroix S,Lindmark L,Damour O. Epidermal and dermal characteristics in skin equivalent after systemic and topical application of skin care ingredients. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 May;1067:337-42.
  2. Simon D, Eng PA, Borelli S, Kagi R, Zimmermann C, Zahner C, Jurgen D, Hess L, Ferrari G, Lautenschlager S, Wuthrich B, Schmid-Grendelmeier P.  Gamma-Linolenic Acid Levels Correlate with Clinical Efficacy of Evening Primrose Oil in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Adv Ther 2014; 31:180–188

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