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Vitamins give you what no beauty potion can- gorgeous skin that glows from the inside out

By Sherrie Strausfogel
Better Nutrition Magazine

It’s not only the creams and lotions you put on your body but what you put into your body that will make you more beautiful. Your skin craves nutrients to thrive. A deficiency of an essential vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, or protein can result in impaired manufacture if healthy new skin cells. Vitamins, minerals, and other supplements can actually improve the look as well as the health of your skin and that of your hair and nails.

“Dietary nutrients can influence the overall appearance of the skin in a number of different ways,” says Alan C. Logan, ND, who is an invited faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet and the upcoming Your Skin, Younger. “There are certain nutrients that support normal structure of the skin’s layers, most notably essential fats, such as fish oil and borage oil, and the protein units called peptides from fish collagen.”

Logan says that a wide range of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals, such as zinc and selenium, are responsible for maintaining skin function. Specifically, these nutrients help to tame inflammation and are vital for keeping the skin’s antioxidant defense system operating.

“Most chronic skin conditions,l including acne, and the skin aging process itself are rooted in inflammation and oxidative stress,” says Logan. “From sunburn to psoriasis, acne to eczema, inflammation is often the common thread in most skin conditions.”

Beauty Supplements for Specific Skin Conditions

Acne Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA from fish oil, inhibits inflammation and the overproduction of sebum. ZInc helps prevent overproduction of sebum and also promotes wound healing, enhanced immunity, inflammation control, and tissue regeneration. EGCG from green tea is a powerful antioxidant that also helps reduce sebum production. SIlica inhibits inflammation and soothes irritated skin.

Rosacea Niacinomide (vitamin B3) reduces inflammation specific to rosacea. Vitamin C strengthens the membranes that line the blood vessels and the connective tissue between skin cells. Zinc helps heal skin and regulates blood levels of Vitamin A. (Add copper for long-term use.) Evening primrose and flaxseed oils reduce inflammation, control the cell’s use of nutrients, and produce prostaglandins, which stimulate contraction of blood vessels.

UV protection EPA from fish oil and lycopene from tomatoes can reduce UV-induced redness and skin cell damage. Recently, cocoa extract was also shown to protect against UV exposure. While antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients are not a substitute for sunscreen, teh internal UV protection has an estimated SPF of 2 or 3. Vitamin A prevents UV rays from causing harm to the skin, and vitamin C helps skin heal.

Savvy sisters celebrate 12 years of trusted skin care

By Scottie Taylor Iverson of The Villager Newspaper
October 20, 2011

Growing up in a caring family environment with a physician dad, it’s not really surprising that Christine Ashkar-Cohlmia and Paula Ashkar-Aweida would chose careers that help people look and feel better. And, they are savvy. Paula earned a degree in journalism and advertising. Christine has a degree in marketing and international business. Both are licensed medical aestheticians. In 1999, skinRx was founded to fill what the sisters felt was a void. The unique center was ahead of its time in many ways – integrating medical skincare and services with total body health and wellness.

Since 2005, the business has expanded into skinRx & Body Wellness located in Centennial on Dry Creek Road and Yosemite. The space was completely designed and furnished by the owners themselves and has a warm and tranquil ambiance without being overdone. What is offered under that one roof is myriad of services with a natural approach to medical-grade treatment while serving female and male clients from 8 to 80 years old.

As people began to take care of their skin, other issues and conditions were often revealed. Instead of referring out, they decided to bring other superior practitioners together for comprehensive, convenient care. Services include medi-facials, Rx chemical peels, diamond-tip microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and cosmetic enhancement. There is also massage therapy, acupuncture and Pilates under the banner and laser services for hair removal, IPL “photorejuvenation,” fine line/wrinkle reduction, skin tightening, acne scarring and toe nail fungus.

“We fill the void between the medical experience (short visit to the dermatology office resulting in prescriptions) and the salon/spa experience (feel good facial with no long term results.),” said Christine. “This is simply not enough time to educate the client and get to the root of the problem. We take a personal interest, build relationships and trust, spend the time and customize the treatments, as well as the strictly- assessed products from various lines and vitamins if needed.”

Paula said, “The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is exposed daily to toxins on several occasions. Parabens are even showing up in women’s breast tissue. People just don’t know how to decipher ingredients on a label and that’s why we’re here. We are passionate about our results-oriented goals and providing a comfortable, friendly and affordable place in which to achieve them. We also offer complimentary consultations.”

There is a loyal following because of the trust factor. One customer admitted looking radiant enough not to desire makeup even though skinRx also has a customized mineral cosmetics line. Some clients enjoy spending half a day in the center, having treatments after working out.