Treating inflammation with polyphenols. Part 1
Our skin and body is constantly on the receiving end of inflammatory aggressors and oxidative stress which at a chronic level can cause long term detriment. Intrinsic skin ageing (chronologically aged skin) is primarily due to a result of an acclumation of oxidative damage. Younger skin is very efficient at guarding against oxidative damage, yet as we age this skin mechanism declines, which in turn triggers inflammation…..breaking down collagen and a notable decrease in the number of fibroblasts. Extrinsic skin ageing arises from a continual assault of UV radiation, pollution, smoking and air conditioning; all of which further exacerbates skin cell damage.
Prevention is key! Wearing a broad spectrum SPF daily will minimise DNA damage and the use of antioxidant topical skincare will have a beneficial role in fighting against free radical damage. Antioxidants in the form of polyphenols are an ingredient catagory that most interests me. Polyphenols are chemical compounds produced by plants that naturally protect the plant from UV radiation, wounds and environmental stressors. They exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which help towards protecting our skin by preventing a certain degree of photo damage and helps to stimulate collagen synthesis.
Pomegranate seed oil and pomegranate extract is phenominal at supporting the skin, with its key benefits being: anti-inflammortory, powerful antioxidant and aids in wound healing.
Green tea is a potent antioxidant that protects skin from UV damage, resulting in increased collagen content.
Grape extracts are an excellent source of vitamin C and E which improve the skins texture and is an excellent antioxidant
Vitamin E increases collagen production and protects existing collagen/a particulary strong antioxidant.
The carefully selected oils in Lime & Lilac light face oil contain an abundance of nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, omega's and antioxidants, all of which help support the skins natural function and protect from external aggressors. In particular, Prickly pear seed oil has a high content of vitamin E (powerful antioxidant) and betalains which have extraordinary antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics that stimulate cell production and repair. Safflower seed oil contains the highest percentage of linoleic oil of any other plant; aiding in healing wounds, burns and acne. The oleic acid present is known for increasing collagen production and reducing the appearance of scars.
I believe in a two pronged approach towards skin and body inflammation and the more polyphenols we consume the greater our skin will cope with oxidative stress.