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Upcoming Talk: The digestive system and its relations to skin ageing |20 September 2019

Upcoming Talk: The digestive system and its relations to skin ageing

On Saturday October 12, 2019, a visiting skincare specialist from Australia will be hosting a talk about the connection between diet / nutrition and skin ageing.

The discussion, which will take place at Promedklinik (previous Eureka Medical), Anse Etoile, will start at 2pm and is open to anyone who would like to understand more about skin health and skin ageing, as well as those interested in a Complete Skin Ageing Management System.

The discussion will be hosted by Lucie Missak, founder of Sanctuary: Beauty and Wellness Centre, a medical cosmetic clinic in Australia.

Missak is a dermal therapist, cosmetic chemist, medical aesthetician, and also a certified beauty specialist lecturer, approved by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC).

In the following interview with Seychelles NATION, she explains exactly what the talk will entail.


Seychelles NATION: Can you share a summary of what your upcoming talk will be about?

Lucie Missak: It will focus on whether diet / nutrition really does have an impact on skin ageing, as well as the stages of skin ageing – those that can be reversed and those that cannot, causes and prevention of age related skin conditions.

While the functional actives for healthy skin will be covered, essential lifestyle and nutrient tips for different skin conditions will also be addressed.

In anti-ageing medicine, we look at the body as a whole. While conventional medicine treats the consequences of ageing and its symptoms, integrative medicine encourages a balanced approach which integrates the best of conventional, complementary and generative medicine. 

Anti-ageing and integrative medicine look at ways to change and slow down the ageing process using all prevention mechanisms, aiming to treat the cause. 

Diet is the primary drug. Food is indeed the medicine. We age because our hormones decline; our hormones do not decline because we age.  Hormone Optimization through our diet will also be a topic of discussion.

Some of the major factors that lead to premature ageing are inadequate diet, poor absorption and nutritional deficiencies. A healthy digestive system will allow for proper absorption of essential nutrients.

 Skin is subjected to many internal ageing processes leading to distinct structural changes and this affects not only its youthful appearance, but also its various important functions.

One of the topics I find common here is Detoxification, especially among women. Detoxification is good and even necessary, but if not done properly, repeated detoxification diets can have very detrimental effects on the skin. Many skin conditions are directly related to poor digestive health; a good example is Rosacea and Diffused Skin Redness.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), GORD and lack of stomach acid all result in poor absorption of nutrients with many primary and secondary effects on the skin.

Other nutrients that are normally beneficial will aggravate certain conditions.  A good example is Vitiligo, a condition characterised by white patches on the skin where the skin cells that produce melanin become impaired and lose their pigment-forming function.

Foods containing hydroquinone have been reported to accelerate the condition. Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin, the pigment in the skin that gives it its brown colour. Some of these foods include cranberries, blueberries, pears, beans, broccoli, onions, tea, coffee, beer, red wine, all-wheat bread and cereals.

While patients with increased pigmentation are advised to consume such foods, those lacking the pigment should avoid them.


Seychelles NATION: Why did you decide to make your presentation about this particular topic?

Lucie Missak: On my previous visit to Seychelles and during another of my talks, Skin Ageing was a big point of interest. One of the things that came about was that those who had good improvement on their facial skin, quickly became interested in the appearance of their skin on other areas of the body, especially exposed areas such as the neck, chest, arms and hands.

Beauty comes from the inside and it beings in the mouth. True you are what you eat, but most importantly, you are what you absorb. The connection between nutrition and skin conditions, as well as the effect of nutrition on skin ageing has been an interesting research field, not only for scientists, but also a common field of interest for humans throughout the years.

An article in the Australian Daily Mail online, published earlier this year on May 9 by Ian Randell, reported that life expectancy of more than 100 years will soon become common place as advances in technology tackle the problem of ageing.

Developments in the exploration and editing of the human genome, artificial intelligence and disease treatment are among areas highlighted by the report. 

Other reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and medical journals are also suggesting that life expectancy will be over 100 years by the year 2025.  This suggests that many women are to live past their menopause for much longer, and therefore Hormone Balance and Optimization will also be of great interest because of the effects that these changes have on the skin.

Nutritional Balance forms a big part of Hormone Optimization. Skin ageing consists of two clinically and biologically distinct processes.

The first is intrinsic skin ageing or chronological ageing which affects skin in the same way that it affects all internal organs; they are your genetic tendencies. The second is extrinsic ageing and is the result of external factors and environmental influences, mainly the sun, stresses and pollution.

When your skin looks and feels right, you are self-confident. The skin is a protective barrier which also reflects what is happening on the inside.  Skin should therefore be cared for daily.

As a skincare specialist, I teach my patients how to come to terms with who they are. One of my mentors once described it to me as being a good mother to yourself. When a patient understands the meaning of looking after oneself, which includes skincare, it often becomes one of the early steps in gaining self- awareness.

To be comfortable and happy in your own skin, could not be more important as your skin reflects your inner world, your health.


Seychelles NATION: Who will the talk benefit?

Lucie Missak: It will benefit anyone who has conditions that they are struggling with or conditions that they would like to investigate further.

In our practice in Perth, we offer DNA Testing by our CosMedical Laboratories who look into genetics and tendencies.

SKIN DNA Testing forms part of our Pro Dermal Planning tools. SKINDNA examines 16 genetic markers in 5 categories associated with skin ageing and therefore takes the guesswork out of all clinic and homecare solutions; it is a once-in-a-lifetime test.

The 5 categories that are tested include Firmness, Glycations, Pigmentation Tendencies and Inflammation which are very common in ageing skin and which result in many conditions that are often overlooked. 

Once the results are obtained, a personalised guide is created which provides a unique tailored regime to the client based on their very own genetic blueprint, including supplementary requirements.

Following the DNA Results, one of my favourite correctives is the Regul8 Digestive Tune Up system by Debbie Dickson, Head of DMK Australia.

Regul8 has a digestive tune up; the Regul8 compares or relates an unhealthy digestive system to a garden overgrown with weeds. The digestive tune up cleans, rebalances and maintains good digestive health.

For more information, contact Sanctuary: Beauty and Wellness:

-           Email:

-           Whatsapp: 061 447 863 969

-           Follow Facebook page: sanctuary: beauty and wellness


Photo sources: Lucie Missak


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