Healthy Glowing Skin - what does it really take?
Adaptogens have been taken to the next level in the Vanilla Macadamia Coffee Creamer. By now you no doubt know the amazing Adaptogenic effects that all Tonika products bring to the table - enhancing the body’s natural ability to manage stress through modulating the hormones such as cortisol involved in the stress response, whilst also beneficially effecting glucose regulation meaning you are not only remaining calm and focused but also energised throughout the day.
Touting something as a beautifying blend however from a health and naturopathic perspective is promoting your shine from the inside out. You can apply endless amounts of expensive creams, lotions or procedures to your skin which superficially may have the result you are seeking however if you are not supporting a healthy, clean body eventually this will reflect not only in your skin and appearance but also your energy and the way you present to the world.
"You can apply endless amounts of expensive creams...however if you are not supporting a healthy, clean body eventually this will reflect not only in your skin and appearance but also your energy and the way you present to the world."
In this formula, Tonika have combined antioxidant supporting mushroom Tremella with additional Hyaluronic Acid, which you may recognise as an ingredient from the label of one of your skin products as it is a major component of the extracellular matrix, essentially the fluid base your cells are immersed in. When this fluid is depleted by something as simple as dehydration the skin can look depleted and we are more prone to wrinkles. Boosting the hyaluronic acid component of this not only supports the structure of the skin it also boosts the wound healing capability of the skin.
Almost every cell in the human body has a receptor for hyaluronan, cells have a high demand for it, utilising it to regulate cell behaviour and more importantly for use in repair and detoxification. This means protecting the DNA of the cell from damage coming from chemicals within and also from external damage such as that caused by UV exposure.
Wound healing and skin support are also enhanced by Lucuma, rich in essential fatty acids enhancing the structure of our cell membranes boosting the architectural structure of the skin whilst also showing healing potential with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, generalised itching and dryness.
Oxidative stress is a phrase you may have come across if into any medical or health publication as it is touted as an underlying driver of countless chronic diseases. Being a by-product of the natural production of energy the body combats this through antioxidant intake and production which mops up the damage caused by these molecules. The problem with today’s modern world is it is not just our internal processed creating these pro-inflammatory oxidative molecules, we are bombarded with them in toxins from plastics, common chemicals in our household and skincare products such as sodium lauryl sulfate and benzalkonium chloride, electromagnetic radiation from our mobile phones, processed foods, stress the list goes on.
Lion’s Mane boosts the antioxidant potential of the body especially when it comes to protecting the brain as brain cells of neurons are particularly sensitive to damage. This protective effect has not only shown to ward off chronic neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, it also boosts cognition, memory and learning capabilities – meaning we can all feel ‘a little like’ Einstein when we incorporate this in our daily routines.
"Lion’s mane boosts the antioxidant potential of the body especially when it comes to protecting the brain as brain cells of neurons are particularly sensitive to damage."
The cognition benefits are further enhanced by Maca, an ancient Peruvian herb, with additional actions of boosting serotonin and GABA levels negating symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Maca’s main claim to fame however is on our sex hormones however showing to modulate menopausal symptoms in women, boost sperm count in men and overall enhance sexual desire.
Overall, the combination of medicinal ingredients in this formula are supporting our body’s natural ability to fight stress, combat oxidative stress and repair, support cognition and detoxify and clear harmful waste from the body fighting the good fight within so all we need to do is shine!
- Rowena Benbow (In-house Naturopath)