We ask naturopath and founder of Miss Vitality, Pamella Zakotelsky, about the skin issues we keep seeing in our patients, what they mean for their internal health – and the best skin supplements to solve the problem.
What are some common skin issues that present as a health issue internally?
“Acne vulgaris, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema plus the glycation condition…” says Pamella Zakotelsky, founder of Miss Vitality and naturopath. “These all indicate imbalances that occur on an internal level, in particular, hormone balance, gut health and inflammatory markers.”
To what extent can good health solve skin issues? (And how can a beauty therapist help?)
“A large extent comes from internal health, however [I like to] take a holistic approach to results,” says Zakotelsky. “When nutritional health is teamed with effective skin care and professional treatments, the client is supported for good skin results in the best way possible.”
Here are three good skin ingredients to enlist:
Consider this supplement the work horse of internal skin health. “Co-Enzyme Q10 has many benefits,” says Zakotelsky. “It restores vitamin E to its antioxidant form and restores cellular membrane protection; Vitamin E is a great healer for the skin.”
But the good stuff doesn’t end there. It also helps protect against DNA damage and regulate the transfer of energy within the cells, a process called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.
“Co-Enzyme Q10 regulates ATP production within our tissues, heart nerves, adrenal, liver and kidney,” says Zakotelsky. “It also benefits skin cells through increased energy production and support of the peripheral blood circulation.”
A great skin calmer, Curcumin works on inflammation and oxidative stress. “Curcumin settles skin treatments by reducing inflammation in skin,” says Zakotelsky. “It helps to reduce sebum production and is a key antioxidant in the range to protect from oxidative damage.”
The white knight against oxidative stress in the skin, resveratrol is a buzz ingredient for good reason. “Resveratrol reduces oxidative stress by up regulating endogenous antioxidants such as co-enzyme and vitamin E,” says Zakotelsky. “In our formulations, we use Japanese Knotwood, a plant from Japan which has a higher content than grape skin. Resveratrol assist in protecting the telomere from damage, therefore preventing premature ageing.”
And that’s not all, this ingredient is also able to repair lost collagen casued by collagenase, the enzyme that breaks down collagen. “Resveratrol will also assist in repairing collagen by inhibiting collagenase, plus it supports and strengthens existing collagen,” says Zakotelsky. “Resveratrol is a powerful healer.”