The attempts to reverse or stop the aging process date back centuries ago. Everyone wants to feel and look young, thus they spend their money and efforts to finding an anti-aging formula. While there isn’t a magical way to instantly erase the wrinkles, incorporating certain anti-aging foods into your diet is one of the ways you can achieve your goal. One might decide to undergo multiple surgeries and treatment to take the years off their skin, but the truth is that aging is more than just skin deep. Things like inflammation, stress and unbalanced diet can affect aging and in turn, it’s shown through the formation of wrinkles. But how do you stop that aging process naturally?
Use Natural Beauty Products
Everything we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream and later it needs to be eliminated. Most beauty products contain parabens, preservatives and toxic chemicals which not only increase the toxic load in our bodies but also accelerate the rate at which our skin age.
When buying your skin care products, ensure that they are natural and contain safe ingredients. In fact, DIY skincare products are 100 percent natural. Sometimes we might be lured into buying beauty products with the promise that they will eliminate wrinkles and give you a youthful glowing look. But they end up damaging your gentle skin causing it to be more susceptible to infection, dryness, inflammation and increase the risk of imbalanced skin compounds. Most store-bought products contain ingredients that lead to premature aging and more wrinkles.
High stress levels increase the stress hormone cortisol which contributes to the many wrinkles on your skin. Cortisol hormone robs the skin essential minerals such as vitamin B5, B6, and C which are important for immune health and healthy glowing skin. Practicing stress reducing exercises like meditation and yoga can help reduce your stress. Plus, these exercises improve your mental and emotional health while giving you a youthful glow.
Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration is the common cause of aging skin. Water is important for lubricating the joints and flushing out toxins. It also helps restore elasticity to the skin and hydrate the body on a cellular level which makes the skin remain young and glowing. Generally, consuming two liters of water daily can help repair any skin damage and keep you looking young. And it will help support bowel health and assist in daily detoxification.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Lack of enough sleep comes with several consequences with fatigue being the common one. But the worst is the hormonal imbalance that results from less sleep. Lack of enough sleep can cause an imbalance on your blood sugar levels which steal your youthful look. Sleep repairs and regenerate and gets rid of toxins which are excreted upon our morning visit to the bathroom. Less sleep affects the body’s ability to produce human growth hormone, which is a crucial anti-aging hormone. Your eyes may become puffy and wrinkles may start to form beneath them. Therefore, you should make it a routine to sleep for over seven hours every night for the body to repair and de-stress.
Increase Protein Intake
Proteins are good at slowing down insulin levels which helps avoid low or high blood sugar, weight gain or other health issues. Additionally, proteins are used in repairing worn out tissues and constructing new tissues including skin cells. In fact, collagen, which is a protein in our bodies, helps to strengthen the skin, hair, and nails. Adequate protein intake reduces sagging skin, prevents and stops premature aging, and supports overall health.
Increase on Antioxidants
Regularly, you become exposed to toxins and chemicals all of which create free radicals that damage our cells. Also, poor diet, stress, inactivity, and inflammation contribute to multiple free radicals that damage the body and cause aging. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods helps your body fight free radical damage, repair cells and prevent free radicals from affecting other cells. Vitamin C rich foods are especially important because they lead to the formation of collagen, which gives the skin more elasticity.
It doesn’t matter if you already have signs of aging, you can benefit from the above tips. Other lifestyle changes like stopping smoking make your skin look healthier. But for those who can’t take simple steps until they achieve their goals of youthful skin, they should consider visiting a licensed dermatologist. However, you need to be careful with any surgical procedure that will be done on your face since it can cause things like irritation and pain. Also, learn to always moisturize your skin which helps trap water in your skin giving you a glowing look.
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