We have all been warned many times about the potential harm of UV rays, and the damage they can do to skin cells, and we are encouraged to use sunscreen whenever possible. However, new research reveals that sunscreen can be harmful to your health, particularly if it contains oxybenzone, a known endocrine disruptor, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A linked to skin tumors.
But not to worry — you can protect your skin from the inside out with nutritional support from certain micronutrients that help strengthen skin cells and reduce your skin’s photosensitivity.
- Resveratrol: This potent polyphenol is produced by plants to protect them from certain bacteria and fungi. In human skin, resveratrol stimulates collagen production and works as a powerful antioxidant to neutralize free radical activity. Find it in red wine, grapes, dark chocolate and blueberries.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3s play an important role in regulating your skin’s normal function, keeping it youthful and moisturized. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce sun damage. Get them from cold-water fish like salmon and sardines, and from flax seeds and walnuts.
- Lycopene: This powerful phytonutrient is not produced by your body, so you have to consume it, usually in the form of red-colored foods, Lycopene promotes the production of melatonin and collagen, and helps to repair sun-damaged skin cells. Get lycopene from tomatoes, watermelon and grapefruit.
- Zinc: This important trace mineral is sometimes an ingredient in sunscreen because it is known to slow oxidative damage to skin cells from free radicals. Zinc also aids in the production of collagen, which gives skin it’s natural elasticity. Find zinc in pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, garlic, and sesame seeds.
- Vitamin A: An antioxidant vitamin, A helps to normalize your skin’s functions, increases blood flow to superficial skin cells, and reduces free radical damage, making your skin less vulnerable to sun damage. Vitamin A is found in carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach.
- Vitamin C: Another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C helps prevent and sun damage and reduces photochemical skin darkening that can lead to cancerous cell mutations. Vitamin C also supports collagen production, improving skin elasticity. Citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries and red peppers are all good sources.
Exposure to natural sunlight can actually be good for you, helping your body to produce Vitamin D3 to build healthy bones. When you slather your body in sunscreen, you inhibit Vitamin D3 production. The key is to limit your exposure to harmful rays by going outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense, and to stay indoors or in the shade in the middle of the day, when sunlight is most direct.
Micronutrient Therapy for Beautiful Healthy Skin
Most people find it difficult to get all the micronutrients required for healthy skin from diet alone. Micronutrient IV therapy offers a safe and convenient solution for powering up your body’s natural protection against sun damage.
During a micronutrient therapy session, a potent cocktail of beneficial nutrients is infused directly to your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive tract to ensure your cells get every protective drop.
Protect Your Skin in NYC
In addition to the threat of sun damage, city living can expose your skin to environmental toxins and stress, leading to skin damage and premature aging. Protect your skin and reverse the sun’s harmful effects with a micronutrient IV cocktail at Advanced Cryo NYC.
During your session, relax in our spa-like clinic while powerful micronutrients drip slowly into your bloodstream, to be carried to cells throughout your body. Contact Advanced Cryo NYC today, and schedule your micronutrient therapy session to promote beautiful healthy skin.