In a society that praises youth and beauty, we are all trying to keep our youthful appearance or recover it. In our quest to stay younger for longer, the real science behind aging and anti-aging has been forgotten and instead we are treating more crazy – and sometimes dangerous – things to turn the clock back on our skin.
Unfortunately, many conventional methods for claiming our youthful appearance involve harmful procedures like botox or antiaging creams containing synthetic ingredients, often linked to allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances and even cancer.
The second problem with our approach to anti-aging is focusing on the outside rather than the interior. It does not matter how many creams or lotions you use, whether your cells are being fed with poor nutrition or making harmful lifestyle decisions, such as inadequate sleep and exercise.
WHAT DOES ANTI-AGING REALLY MEAN?
When we say anti-aging, what we are referring to are the wrinkles and the loss of the elasticity of our skin. This depends on three main nutrients: collagen (provides firmness), elastin (provides elasticity) and glycosaminoglycans (GAG – provides hydration). There are intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to the flaccidity and wrinkles of our skin and the loss of these nutrients:
This is the natural aging process that occurs within your body. After turning 20, your skin produces about 1% less collagen each year, as well as a decrease in the production of elastin and GAG, making it look thinner and more fragile.
This refers to the impact of sun and environmental damage and has a much greater effect on your skin than the intrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors, such as UV damage and exposure to pollution, cause a dramatic increase in the loss of collagen, elastin, and GAG, as well as cause discoloration and changes in skin texture. All this leads to deep wrinkles, sun spots, sagging and rough looking skin.
16 SECRETS TO LOOKING YOUNGER SKIN
Aging is complex and needs to be tackled on the surface and from the inside. The solution includes both internal changes (what you put in your body), and external aids (what you put on your skin).
We have compiled a list of our top natural beauty secrets to help you look and feel 10 years younger without the harmful side effects of conventional treatments.
1. DRINK WATER
The health benefits of water are no secret, and we are learning more and more how health and beauty are connected. Water should be the number one beauty product of every woman (and man!). Your skin is about 64% water, so when it is dehydrated, will sag, wrinkle and become dry.
2. EAT HEALTHY FATS
Do not fear fat! The walls of skin cells are made up of fats, and when you do not have enough in your diet, your skin will be affected. The best fat for your skin are Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in fresh fish such as salmon caught in the wild, tuna, mackerel, sardines and halibut, and in vegetarian sources such as walnuts, squash , Chia and hemp seeds.
Another important nutrient for skin health is biotin, which promotes the metabolism of fat in the skin. Foods rich in biotin to include are fish, egg yolks, almonds, tomatoes, Swiss chard, avocado and potato.
4. CONSUME VITAMIN C
This nutrient is not just for colds! It is an important antioxidant for the production of collagen (the main structural protein in the skin) and can also reduce and treat damage from UV rays. Beyond including fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, applying topical products containing vitamin C has powerful anti-aging effects.
5. EAT MORE ANTIOXIDANTS
Other antioxidants that have a major impact on the skin are vitamin E and carotenoids (which are converted to vitamin A). These protect your skin from oxidative damage, sun damage, and improve the overall glow of your skin. Eating lots of dark green leafy vegetables as well as orange and red vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, tomatoes and red peppers will help you fight the signs of aging.
6. STOP EATING SUGAR
Sugar not only causes chronic diseases and obesity, it is also wreaking havoc years of aging beyond your actual age. Cut out all processed and refined sugar from your diet for instantaneously brighter and firmer skin, along with greater energy that will make you look and feel younger.
7. DRINK GREEN TEA
The polyphenols found in green tea that have been shown to fight cancer and Alzheimer’s also have the ability to lighten age spots and protect against harmful UV rays. You can get the anti-aging benefits of green tea by drinking it, or by topical application in the form of moisturizers, eye creams and facial cleansing masks.
8. LIMIT THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Alcohol has a double impact: it damages the liver cells that detoxify your body and dehydrate it, leaving your skin dull and lifeless. Being sure to limit weekly alcohol consumption will help you maintain a youthful shine.
ALSO KEEP THESE RECOMMENDATIONS IN MIND:
9.Sweat once a day
10.Exfoliate your skin
12.Consume some vitamin D
15.Do not smoke
16.Sleep each day at appropriate times