Skin Health Nutrition by Dr. Perricone

Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s decades of research has shown that the Inflammation-Aging Connection is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, certain forms of cancer, and wrinkled, sagging skin. This inflammation is sub-clinical (invisible to the eye) and takes place on a cellular level. It does its damage by triggering free radicals, which accelerate aging by damaging cells. This inflammation may be caused by:

  • Eating a pro-inflammatory diet (i.e., high glycemic carbohydrates)
  • Environmental stressors
  • Weakened immune system
  • Excess exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress

Applying his extensive anti-aging knowledge and research, Dr. Perricone has developed a holistic, three-tiered approach to reduce and prevent this type of inflammation with the overall goal of maintaining good health and beautiful skin. Dr. Perricone’s research has demonstrated that we can control inflammation in our bodies by following a Three-Tiered Program

Tier One The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Designed to carefully control our blood sugar and insulin levels. To do so we must avoid foods that provoke a glycemic response in the body, i.e. cause a rapid rise in blood sugar this is the key to health, longevity, mental clarity, well-being and beautiful youthful skin. Foods that are pro-inflammatory, such as all forms of sugar, processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry, baked goods, and snack foods such as rice and corn cakes, chips, pretzels, etc., cause a highly destructive pro-inflammatory response in our bodies. The result? Acceleration of the aging process of all organ systems in our body, including the skin, causing an increased risk of degenerative disease and inflexible, wrinkled, sagging skin.

Dr. Perricone’s anti-inflammatory diet is the cornerstone of the Perricone Program. It consists of the following components:

  • high-quality protein, like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu
  • low-glycemic (will not provoke a glycemic response when consumed in moderation) carbohydrates including colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal, legumes such as beans and lentils
  • healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, etc.), nuts, seeds, and olive oil
  • 8 -10 glasses of pure spring water per day
  • Anti-oxidant rich beverages such as green tea.

The incomparable health and beauty benefits of Dr. Perricones anti-inflammatory diet are visible in just three days.

Tier Two Nutritional Supplements

Dr. Perricone recommends a variety of unique nutritional supplements in addition to the complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals recommended by nutrition experts world-wide, (B-complex, Vitamin E, Calcium-magnesium, etc.). His research has shown that nutrients that possess antioxidant properties act as natural anti-inflammatories. This is important because antioxidants are Natures anti-inflammatories. Designed to work synergistically to enhance the benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet, these nutrients offer anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, fat metabolizing, and peptide boosting benefits and help prevent and reverse oxidative damage on a cellular level critical importance as we age.

Active ingredients recommended by Dr. Perricone include:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Vitamin C Ester
  • DMAE (Dimethyl Amino Ethanol)
  • Coenzyme Q-10
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid
  • GLA
  • L-Carnitine Fumerate
  • N-Acetyl Carnitine
  • L-Tyrosine
  • Omega-3
  • Carnosine
  • Benfotiamine
  • Astaxanthin

Tier Three Clinical Skincare

In addition to creating vibrant skin and optimum health through diet and supplements, topical antioxidants can work synergistically to enhance the natural health and beauty of your skin. Dr. Perricones research has shown that many food-based nutrients provide anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant activity when applied topically. Optimum results are achieved when they are used as part of the three-tiered program (diet, supplements, topicals). The unique, patented ingredients that comprise the NV Perricone MD line of Cosmeceuticals have been painstakingly formulated to deliver powerful, efficacious benefits to the skin, resulting in a smooth, youthful, supple, toned and radiant appearance to face and body.

The following substances have been shown to significantly improve the appearance of skin when added to topical formulations:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • DMAE (Dimethyl Amino Ethanol)
  • Neuropeptides
  • Olive Oil Polyphenols
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Tocotrienols
  • Vitamin C Ester
  • Astaxanthin

Interestingly, these are all the ingredients offered in our Superfoods. Oxidative stress combined with industrial toxins and with nutritional deficiencies, and the passage of time result in skin looking a lot less like the baby-face we get at the beginning.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone is a popular guest on American television, appearing on the Today Show, Oprah, Larry King, 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, Fox, Extra, Good Day New York, Access Hollywood as well as many other news and lifestyle broadcasts. He has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W, Forbes, People, WWD, USA Today and a host of other major magazines and newspapers around the globe. Vogue named Dr. Perricone one of the best dermatologists in the U.S. in 2001 and the opening of the Perricone Flagship store on Madison Avenue (NYC) was named one of the Top Ten Beauty Stories by WWD in 2005. In addition, he is a frequent keynote speaker on the medical and business lecture circuit.

Author: Dr. Nicholas Perricone