Cause of Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
The natural aging process is something we can’t do anything about by causing skin cells to divide more slowly. The ability of the skin to retain moisture diminishes, oil glands are less productive and the fatty layers below the skin which keep it smooth and elastic become thinner. As a result wrinkles are forming, the skin sags and starts looking dull. Excessive sunbathing and smoking are other factors which influence the deterioration of skin quality. Although we can’t stop getting older, including the right fruit and vegetables in the daily diet can help prevent or smooth wrinkles and give back that healthy glow.
Lack of hydration, which prevents the skin cells from retaining moisture, is the number one culprit. Dehydration can occur very fast and without dramatic or even noticeable events. Overheated rooms, bad ventilation, smoking and not taking enough fluids are some of the causes. It’s essential to drink at least six glasses of water per day. Although clear water is best, any juice, herbal tea or fluid counts, but coffee, black tea and alcohol should be reduced to a minimum.
Antioxidants and Fatty Acids
Culprit number two for skin damage and ugly wrinkles are free radicals which attack from all sides. Antioxidants are the antidote to fight the enemy of beauty and well being. They are contained in a great variety of fruit and vegetables. The old adage: “five helpings a day” has a lot of truth in it. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and found in all citrus fruit, but also in kiwi (which is even a higher vitamin C content than oranges). Other vital vitamins and trace elements which help fight free radicals are contained in red and green pepper, spinach, all green leaf vegetables and carrots. Fruit and vegetables are best consumed raw, as many vitamins dissolve in water and disappear or are little efficient when boiled.The trace element selenium is also an antioxidant and is found in Brazil nuts, fish and shell fish.
Fatty acids are equally vital in the fight against free radicals. Again, they are found in nuts, seeds and avocados. Avocado is an age-old beauty remedy in many Caribbean cultures, not only consumed but also mashed and applied directly to the skin as a mask. The benefits of Omega-3 are well known for the body in general and the skin in particular. It’s found in fatty fish like sardines, salmon, mackerel and tuna.
Zinc, the intake of which is often neglected, is involved in the proper functioning of the oil producing glands which in turn keep the fatty layers under the skin from thinning. Red meat, wholegrain and shellfish are a good source for zinc.
The selection of beneficial fruit, vegetables and fish is wide and manifold and there should be something for every taste and preference to be included in the daily diet to keep wrinkles at bay and the skin smooth and radiant.