This knowledge will aid in making informed decisions
about appropriate treatment protocols and outcome
INTRODUCING DIET, LIFESTYLE AND SUPPLEMENTATION
In order to incorporate diet, lifestyle and
supplementation as part of your professional skin care
treatment program, start by asking your clients to fill
out an intake form so you can refer to their responses
during the first skin assessment, as well as follow-up
appointments. To ensure the most accurate assessment,
also verbally engage the client about their lifestyle
habits and choices, because written forms do not
always capture meaningful experiences or exceptions.
For example, a client can write that they do not smoke
cigarettes, but they may have quit very recently, which
would still impact the skin’s appearance.
Once you complete the intake and interview, briefly
educate your client on the basics of skin physiology
and what the skin needs to maintain optimal health,
underscoring the importance of a balanced diet and
healthy lifestyle, in addition to topical skin care.
Although skin care professionals cannot prescribe
diets and supplementation, educating and informing
WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF A HEALTHY
LIFESTYLE AND DIET FROM THE CLIENT, ANY
PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE TREATMENT
HAS ITS LIMITS.
clients during the skin analysis process can help them
make better lifestyle choices when they exit your doors.
Consultation forms should include questions concerning
diet and lifestyle. See Diet, Supplementation and
Lifestyle Client Questions on Page 63 for a sample of
the types questions to ask.
A thoughtfully planned, nutrient-rich diet hinders
the physiological aging mechanisms in tissues, not only
by preventing malnutrition, but also by adding high
quantities of beneficial nutrients, particularly antioxidants
found in foods, such as grapes and blueberries. The
combination of dietary substances also affects skin health.
For example, a high-glycemic with a low-fat or fat-free
diet can accelerate the aging process and have a negative
impact on the skin. 1, 2
It is also important to advise clients about how
nutrients are affected by the cooking process. When food
is heated, oxidation of nutrients increases drastically,
often draining foods of essential nutrients. 3, 4
Sugar. A diet high in sugar can cause the glycation
of collagen. Sugar attaches to the proteins collagen and
elastin, and causes a cross-linking process promoting
elastosis and wrinkles. 5 Instead, recommend a diet high
in vegetables, low glycemic-index fruits and lean proteins.
Supplement this with antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic
acid, vitamins C and E, and glutathione.
Fats. Diets high in saturated fats can block the body’s
ability to utilize essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs—most
notably omega- 3 and - 6—are the best fats for the skin, and
their absence has a significantly harmful impact. EFAs