Skin Through the Ages

BY: Lola Ross, BSc Nutritionist 
April 30, 2022

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As we journey through life and our bodies age, it is only natural that the structure, appearance, and often the health of our skin, will change. Sub-optimal skin health, or accelerated aging, can be prevented or managed with positive daily strategies and habits regarding food, sleep, movement, how we think, breathe and what we apply topically. These factors are all essential to supporting skin-wellness across our life stages. Diving a little deeper, and getting to know our hormones, is important if we want to protect the natural beauty of our skin throughout our lives.

Hormones have a significant impact on the day-to-day health and evolution of our skin. Within each decade of life, our shifting hormonal activity can bring skin-health wins, as well as challenges. From puberty to pregnancy, to declining sex hormones during the menopause transition and beyond, they are a part of the story of the ‘skin we are in’.

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The 20’s
In healthy people, our body systems are normally functioning efficiently during this decade, so this can mean more skin resilience from daily stressors. Many find that their skin can bounce back, even after a wild night out, chronic stress, limited sleep, or with bad skincare routines. However resilient your skin looks, keep in mind that stressors can damage cells, deplete nutrients, and reduce detoxification. Poor eating habits can also lay the foundation for nutritional deficiencies, which, over time can reflect poorly on our skin.

For those on oral contraceptives, it is good to be aware that some hormonal contraceptives can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients, such as B vitamins, and they can also disrupt microbiome health. Digestive and hormonal disruptions can really challenge skin health, so feed it with a multi-colored plant-centric diet, and supplement with vitamins where needed. For those who experience cycle breakouts, estrogen overload can often be a contributing factor, so help balance estrogen levels by eating plenty of fiber and water, to promote healthy hormone detoxification. Topically - invest in clean, natural beauty care solutions that don’t disrupt your skin microbiome, which is part of your immune system and defense; so using low-toxic products now is a good way to encourage outer-skin resilience.

Kat Burki has developed a whole line called PREVENTION, which works on this whole philosophy of getting the skin to baseline, and keeping it healthy and protected, with a specific skin protocol for AM and PM:

KB5 calming gel cleanser
Vit C Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Super Nutrient Elixir
PH+ Enzyme Essence
Nutrient C Eye Cream
Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream
Power Trio Radiance Oil

Skin supporting supplements + solutions
● Multivitamin formulation
● Pre/probiotic
● Algae oil
● Natural beauty products
● Daily filtered water

The 30’s
For some, this decade is where some of your good, and not so good health habits show up on your skin. Years of tanning, life-stress, regular alcohol intake, or smoking can dehydrate the skin and caused free radical damage. Deeper lines and uneven tone can appear, so antioxidants are key to help limit these effects. If food choices have been erratic and life has been demanding, it can lead to chronic imbalanced blood sugar levels - a hormonal disruption that can create inflammation and glycation. Glycation is essentially a hardening of skin cells, which can show up as fine lines and loss of skin plumpness. The good news is that eating regular meals, low in refined sugars, and managing daily stress are good ways to stabilize blood sugar, lower inflammation, and limit early signs of premature aging.

Remember to give your gut some love - optimizing gut health is key to balancing hormones, aiding digestion, and bowel movements to transport excess hormones out of the body which, in turn, can contribute to healthier skin. Find delicious, healthy foods that contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber, drink water daily, and add targeted supplements such as pre/probiotics and fiber for extra support.

Kat Burki has a line that supports this new age group, focusing more on reversal of any of these stressors which could have caused damage. This line is called REVERSAL, and these are the products which can help:

Form Control Marine Collagen Gel
Rosehip Intense Eye Recovery Serum
Rosehip Revitalizing Face Serum
Retin-C Treatment Complex
Goji Essence
Dual Exfoliating Clay
Super Peptide Firming Creme

Skin supporting supplements + solutions
● Pro/prebiotic formula
● Fiber supplement
● Antioxidant formula
● Gua sha stone
● Daily supply of filtered water

bio-correcting face creme

The 40’s
This decade can be a skin turning point for many people. Perimenopausal shifts, environmental pollution, an overburdened liver and oxidative stress can all contribute to declining skin quality, so upping the focus on wholefoods and a healthy lifestyle is ever more important. As we age, metabolic functions slow, including detoxification processes and fluid regulation, so chewing food well, limiting processed foods and alcohol, can pay dividends to your skin. Our stress hormone cortisol naturally rises during this decade and can cause inflammation which damages the DNA in our cells, slowing healthy cell renewal. Choosing anti-inflammatory foods like omega fats, berries and avocados, regular movement and managing stressors through daily mindfulness and breathwork, have been shown to keep cortisol and inflammation at lower levels.

Changing ratios of progesterone and estrogen during perimenopause is thought to be a contributing factor to melasma, and increased pigmentation in some people. Hormonally driven hyperpigmentation is often tricky to treat, but a focus on microbiome and liver health is important to help with the detoxification of estrogen, and to support healthy hormone ratios. The supplements Pycnogonida, zinc, vitamin A and C may help pigmentation issues. Towards the middle of this decade, low estrogen is a crucial factor in collagen loss, and it may appear earlier in some ethnic groups more than others - causation skin types often experience signs sooner. To limit collagen and moisture-loss, increase consumption of omega fats and vitamin C, and consider the phytoestrogen botanicals red clover and flaxseed to boost lowering estrogen levels.

Kat Burki developed her 3rd line for this age group and above called the RENEWAL line, it taps into the skin’s ability to heal if given the right tools. This line includes:

Biocell Correcting Serum
Bio Correcting Face Crème
Eye Crème Complex
Vital Hydration Blast

Skin supporting supplements + solutions
● Vitamin C
● Pennogenyl (Pine bark extract)
● Zinc
● Red clover extract
● Flaxseed oil
● Daily filtered water
● Gua sha stone

The 50’s
Post-menopause, the ovarian supply of estrogen is at its lowest. Estrogen is known as the female beauty hormone - supporting collagen production, optimizing fat metabolism, and retaining water in the skin. While there are still small amounts of estrogen made by our adrenals at this time, low estrogen levels influence the structure of the skin’s integrity, leading to water loss body wide. Skin can be drier or more creased. I love the words - ‘if you don’t have any wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough’ - you can choose to embrace those lines as signs of good times. Whichever way you do it, hydrating foods and plenty of water, antioxidant-rich A and C foods and essential fatty acids boost healthy skin cell renewal, and level-up hydration. As we age, nutrient absorption can be more limited, so supplementing with these nutrients can help.

With the change in the ratios of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, some people may experience newly sprouted fine, or coarse facial hair. Only you can know how this makes you feel, so do what makes you feel beautiful - be it removal, or going au naturel! Spend time on your daily skin care routine: the 5-step prep of moisture to sealing makes even more sense currently, to fully nourish your skin. To maximize the absorption of skincare products, try a skin wand on drier skin which can be less ready to accept moisture, and don’t forget to build in nightly lip treatment routines to hydrate while you sleep.

At this time, Kat Burki recommends using either the Reversal or Renewal lines we mention above and see what feels right for you.

Skin supporting supplements + solutions
● Algae oil
● Vitamin C
● Antioxidant formulation
Kat Burki Micro Firming Wand
● Daily filtered water

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The 60’s +
Low sex hormone activity continues in this decade and beyond, and sebum-related breakouts are generally not a concern. Skin continues to be drier and skin integrity relies on the production and secretion of oils, retention of water, plenty of healthy fats, hydrating foods and fluids plus protective balms, to support the skin at this stage. In most people, the 60’s is where significant loss of collagen occurs, changing the structural framework of your skin, changing face contours. Antioxidants, through food and supplementation, can slow the rate of collagen loss, and support healthy skin cell turnover to optimize your skin. As metabolism slows with age, nutrient malabsorption is common. At-home test for any nutrient deficiencies, supplement where you need to, and make your meals abundant in healthy fats and antioxidant foods e.g. colorful vegetables and nut butters.

● Gamma-linolenic-acid
● Algae oil
● Vitamin D
● Antioxidants
● Daily filtered water
● Facial massager

Kat Burki really recommends using the Renewal line for this age group.

Consult your health practitioner before you start any new supplement to prevent interactions, and to understand more about precise dosages for your needs.

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