We try our hardest to keep our skin looking beautiful. We get facials, we exfoliate and moisturize as needed, and we mind our skin-care products. So we might be puzzled when we look in the mirror and don't see the healthy skin we expect to see. What's the deal?
You may need to shift your focus away from the mirror and toward your diet. The real reason behind thin, dry, or unhealthy-looking skin? You're probably missing out on some minerals.
If you're dealing with dry, thin skin that doesn't seem to get better no matter what products you use, it may be time to consider your thyroid as the source of your skin issues. Low levels of the thyroid hormone T3 could manifest as thin, dry, flaky skin. It could be tricky to pinpoint whether or not T3 is related to your dry skin, however. While some people with dry skin may have low T3 levels, others may have seemingly normal T3 levels despite the fact that their dry skin is related to T3. For those in the latter group, it's possible that their cells aren't properly reacting with T3 due to occupied T3 receptors, so their cells don't get the T3 they need.
Those with truly low levels of T3 should have their iodine levels checked since this mineral is necessary for the production of T3.
Supplement Your Skin
Healthy iodine levels could lead to a healthy thyroid, which could lead to healthy skin. But iodine isn't the only mineral that could offer some support for your skin! Those of you who have to deal with a lot of acne may already know about the many skin benefits of zinc, which actually also supports the function of T3. (1) Zinc even supports the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 into T3. (2) So zinc not only supports your skin but also your thyroid--which also supports your skin. Two birds, one mineral.
Other nutrients like protein and vitamin C also play a role in skin health. Those of you who've done your research on skin-care products and routines may already know about vitamin C's antioxidant properties, which could support your skin against any free radical damage.
Support from the Inside and Out
You can see, then, that it's important to support your skin from the inside as much as you support it from the outside. You could schedule an appointment for one of our many facials in order to support your skin externally. Our facials use natural ingredients and are designed according to your unique skin's specific needs.
So if you ever find yourself staring at your reflection feeling like something's not quite right, turn your attention inward. Your skin is trying to tell you that you're missing out on some nutrients, so be sure to listen!
If you're not sure what supplements are right for you, give us a call at (718) 382-9200 ext. 1 to learn more about our supplements counseling program, or visit us in Brooklyn on Ocean Avenue between Kings Highway and Quentin Road to learn more.