Aging skin can be frustrating to say the least…and it can start to change the way you look as early as your 30’s! Genetics play a role in how we age and that can’t be changed. However, there are many external factors that can be managed to help you looking younger at any age. It’s never too late to start a healthy anti-aging skin care routine.
Laugh lines, crow’s feet, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. As soon as they appear in the mirror is when people start looking for ways to get rid of them. Way too many young people turn to the quick fix of Botox injections and plastic surgery to attempt control the inevitable.
Let’s take a look at some simple steps to keeping or restoring younger looking, healthy and radiant skin no matter how many birthdays you’ve had!
Drinking plenty of clean, fresh, quality water does wonders for overall health and has some pretty amazing effects on your skin. Hydrated skin is elastic, full and less likely to crack with blemishes and irritations. Drinking alkaline, antioxidant water may help enhance hydration from the inside out. The smaller molecules in alkaline water are easier to absorb than regular water and the antioxidant properties of low ORP water help fight against free radical damage…a major sign of aging.
Avoid Sunscreen And Stay Away From Indoor Tanning
The sun is vital for good health and 10-15 minute daily direct exposure is recommended for your body to produce all the vitamin D most people need. If you’re going to be outdoors for extended periods, use a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Sunscreen can be harmful and should be avoided. If you have to use it, wash it off immediately after your outdoor activity. Overexposure can lead to cataracts and other eye damage, melanoma & non-melanoma skin cancers and premature aging of the skin. Indoor tanning beds are just as harmful, perhaps more for some individuals. It’s best to stay away from the fake tan.
Keep It Clean
Use a gentle cleanser with warm water twice a day and avoid scrubbing. Stay away from harsh chemicals, parabens and fragrances in your face washes. Use natural products that provide skin healing and nourishing botanicals.
Give It A Rest
It’s called “beauty rest” for a good reason! Not getting quality sleep or enough of it can have negative effects on your skin. Lack of sleep contributes to inflammation that breaks down the collagen and hyaluronic acid that gives skin its vibrancy and resilience. While you sleep, your body balances skin hydration and repairs damaged cells. The deeper the sleep the better as growth hormone production is accelerated during deep sleep.
Start From The Inside
Eating a diet rich with nutrient dense organic produce and meats provides a nutritional base that make a huge difference in your overall health and appearance. Supplementing with collagen protein can increase moisture and elasticity in your skin. As we age, skin becomes thin and loses elasticity. This process makes a person show more signs of aging like wrinkles and loose skin. Fortunately, these changes may be reversible. A recent study found that women who took collagen hydrolysate had a 20% reduction in wrinkles. The study also found that ingestible collagen helps with bone & joint health, hormone balance and digestion.
*It’s important to recognize the type of collagen used in the study. Look for Hydrolyzed (peptide) collagen, a pre-digested form that is easily digested and highly bioavailable.
Nourish Your Skin From The Outside
Use natural skin care products designed to nourish your skin, not just mask the problem. Skin care experts agree that certain nutrients like retinol, (vitamin A) hyaluronic acid and vitamin E are powerful anti-aging tools. Natural ingredients nourish the skin, promote healthy cell regeneration, hydrate and firm the skin.