Whether you’re a dedicated Perriconista or brand new to the Perricone MD family, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about our three-tiered approach to healthy living and beautiful skin.
From a high level, Dr. Perricone’s Three-Tiered Solution consists of an anti-inflammatory diet, nutritional supplements and topical skincare. Young or old, male or female—it’s a solution that works for everyone. But what exactly is it all about? Let’s break it down a little bit more from top to bottom, tier to tier.
Tier 1: Eating an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
If clear, healthy and beautiful skin is what you’re after, then never forget this important fact: controlling your blood sugar is the key to controlling inflammation.
You may be asking, “What’s so bad about pro-inflammatory foods?” Well, the problem is that they’re quickly converted into sugar by the enzymes in your digestive system. When that happens, blood sugar and insulin levels increase, causing cellular-level inflammation that can result in low energy levels, increased susceptibility to diseases, and an accelerated aging process.
Picture this—bananas, potatoes and rice are laid out on a table in front of you. Do you know which of these foods are considered pro-inflammatory? The answer is all of them (yep, even the bananas). These simple starches have the same effect as cookies, candy and other sweets; so nix those choices and go for foods rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, such as fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, avocados, and almonds. Looking for a little more guidance? Give one of Dr. Perricone’s anti-aging diet plans a try.
Keep in mind though that it’s not just about the types of food you’re eating, but also the amount of food you’re eating at any one time. Together, these determine how rapidly your blood sugar will rise. At the end of the day, the key thing to remember is this: “Moderation in all things.”
Tier 2: Taking Targeted Nutritional Supplements
Nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals and even amino acids have an overwhelming impact on your health. In fact, when properly applied, their powers are far-reaching.
From Vitamin A to Vitamin K, all vitamins fall under one of two categories—fat soluble and water soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins—such as Vitamins A, D, E and K—are stored in the liver and used very slowly; on the flip side, water-soluble vitamins like B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C are used quickly and excess amounts are eliminated.
Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C are the foundation to Dr. Perricone’s nutritional anti-aging regimens, while other supplements such as Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) and Turmeric are also recommended to maintain optimum skin and body health.
It’s kind of starting to feel like a case of “so many supplements, so little time,” right? Not to worry—our targeted nutritional supplements make it easy, working together to help you achieve healthy aging from the inside out.
Tier 3: Applying Topical Skincare with Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Maintaining your health and preserving beauty relies heavily on your body’s antioxidant defense system, as this ultimately helps to protect against the destructive effects of inflammation.
With topical skincare, the nutrient-based natural anti-inflammatories your cells need are able to be applied directly to the skin for maximum effect. But what are these key anti-inflammatories, you ask? Good question; let’s take a deeper look.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): When applied topically, the fat-soluble portion of ALA is able to penetrate the skin for serious benefits. It’s intimately involved in the cell’s conversion of food to energy, helps resist the destructive effects of oxidative stress and inflammation, and better enables the cell to conduct critical functions—including cellular repair.
- DMAE: A nutritional substance found in fish, DMAE isn’t considered an antioxidant but still has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Imagine the cell plasma membrane as the walls in a house; as DMAE spreads into the outer, fatty portion of cells, it helps reinforce these walls and prevent them from breaking down. But that’s not all! DMAE also helps address loose, sagging skin and increase skin tone.
- Glutathione: This water-soluble tripeptide wears the crown for being the most important antioxidant our cells produce. What exactly makes glutathione so special? It helps protect cells and prevent the accumulation of inflammatory chemicals, while also acting as a detoxifying agent that enables the body to eliminate toxins and poisons.
We get it; this may all seem a little overwhelming at first glance. The key thing to remember is that at the end of the day, it’s about more than just following an intensive skincare regimen or a strict diet—it’s about living the healthy lifestyle that fits you best and helps achieve the results that matter most to you.