Aging skin is caused by the genes we inherit and external factors such as the sun, air pollution, cold wind, chemicals, excessive bathing, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and too much stress. As the body ages, the skin undergoes normal changes. It loses its elasticity and holds in less moisture, causing the skin to become dry and wrinkled. You can't stop the aging process, but there are things you can do to help slow it down naturally.
Eating a healthy diet is not going to remove wrinkles, but it can help prevent future ones from appearing. Eating a variety of foods from all food groups will help ensure you receive all essential nutrients the body needs. Nutrients that are especially important for skin health include vitamins A, C, E and K, the B vitamins, selenium, copper, zinc and essential fatty acids.
Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of most vitamins and minerals. Eat at least five servings a day. Include whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds in your diet, and avoid or greatly limit processed foods, saturated fats, trans fats and sugar.
Drinking plenty of water, about six to eight glasses a day, can also help the skin by hydrating skin cells, improving blood flow and flushing out impurities. Avoid or limit beverages that can dehydrate the body, such as coffee and sodas.
- Use virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer. Coconut oil holds in moisture and helps protect the skin.
- The natural oil in avocado is great for dry skin. Take the inside of the avocado skin and massage over dry areas.
- Rub the core of a pineapple on your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. This will help remove early signs of wrinkles.
- Puncture a vitamin E capsule and rub the oily substance on your skin to slow down the aging process.
- Mix one part honey with four parts rose water. Apply on areas of dry skin, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
- Aloe vera removes dead skin cells and purifies the pores.
- Mash two peaches and mix with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to your skin, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then wash off with warm water.
- Wheat germ oil is another natural remedy for aging skin, as it promotes skin elasticity.
- Mix 1 tsp. of egg yolk, 1 tsp. of honey and 1-2 tsp. of milk powder to form a paste. Apply on dry skin, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off with cold water.
- Cut two to three carrots (rich in vitamin A) in 1-inch pieces and cook them in water until they become slightly soft. Place the carrots in a blender and puree. Massage the puree over your skin and leave on for 20 minutes to smooth out wrinkles and improve elasticity.
- Mix one raw egg yolk, 2-3 T. of grated melon and 1 T. of sour cream. Apply, leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
- Puree four strawberries, 2 T. of plain yogurt and 1 T. of lemon juice. Apply the puree to your skin and leave on for 20 minutes to help prevent fine lines.
Other Ways to Keep Your Skin Young-Looking
Exercise regularly to tone your muscles and improve blood circulation.
Avoid too much sun. A little exposure each day is good for your body, but too much can cause skin to age prematurely and can greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds and sunlamps should also be avoided.
Use a good moisturizer in low temperatures and cold winds. Both can dry your skin.
Don't smoke. Nicotine narrows blood vessels in the skin's outermost layers, impairing blood flow (nutrients and oxygen) to the skin. Chemicals in the smoke damage collagen and elastin, causing the skin to lose its strength and elasticity. In addition, the facial expressions made when smoking can contribute to wrinkles, particularly around the mouth and eyes. Smoking not only causes wrinkles on the face, it can affect other parts of the body as well.
Avoid excessive alcohol. Alcohol damages small blood vessels at the skin's surface and contributes to aging skin.
Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Sleeping on your back is best in preventing wrinkles on your face. Sleeping on your stomach or your sides can increase wrinkles because your face is pressed against the pillow.
The best skin care for aging skin is eating nutritious foods, protecting your skin in the sun, living a healthy lifestyle and using natural ingredients to treat dry and damaged skin.
Web MD: Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out – https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-nutrition
Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen, Bottom Line's Healing Remedies (2006)
Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments (from the editors of Bottom Line/Health) 2006
Mayo Clinic: Is it true that smoking causes wrinkles? – https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/smoking/AN00644
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