It’s no secret that the population of the US and the UK is aging. Nor is it a secret that this aging population is always on the lookout for ways to maintain a fit and youthful appearance. One of the best practices for fighting the effects of aging is taking good care of your skin and, as everyone knows, good anti-aging skin cream is key to good skin care.
But why wait until you already see the signs of aging before you start to take care of your skin? According to dermatological studies, the signs of aging can begin as early as your twenties and thirties, especially if you were a devoted sun worshipper during your youth or had a cigarette habit. On the contrary, good skin care should begin right away and, fortunately, there are some good habits and behaviors you can start practicing now in order to keep your skin looking and feeling as youthful as possible.
1. Don’t smoke! This is one of the best things you can do for your skin as well as your body. When you quit smoking you stop the repetitive lip-pursing action required to hold the cigarette in your mouth and which causes wrinkles around your lips. You also stop exhaling smoke, which causes damage and discoloration to the outer layers of the skin.
2. Begin an exercise program. Exercise helps keep your skin oxygenated, which makes the cells in your body, work more efficiently. This means they can replace and repair themselves better and thereby ward off wrinkles before they start.
3. Use a sunscreen. This is a key component of good skin care. Sunscreen is critical in the fight against sun damage which causes not only premature wrinkles but, in more serious cases, skin cancer as well.
4. Eat a healthful diet. Good eating habits are a vital part of an overall healthy lifestyle and equally important to good skin care. When your body receives the proper nutrients and vitamins it needs, your skin cells can regenerate more easily which promotes an even skin tone and a glowing complexion.
Regrettably, even with good skin care habits, wrinkles will eventually appear. This is why you need to take measures that will help seal in the moisture already in your skin, since one of the primary causes of wrinkles is a lack of moisture (as you age your skin doesn’t produce as many oils). Some of these measures are described below.
1. Drink plenty of water. Sufficient water intake is critical to healthy looking skin.
2. Apply an anti-aging skin cream each night before you go to bed. Your skin can fight off the appearance of wrinkles best when you are sleeping since it isn’t battling the elements from the outside world at that time as well.
3. Take omega fatty acids supplements (only with the approval of your doctor). They help the skin retain moisture and a more youthful appearance.
The beauty and cosmetics industry is huge, estimated to be worth more than $60 billion, with predictions for continued yearly growth. A big part of that industry is the prevention of wrinkles. In fact, millions of dollars are invested each year in research directed at discovering a cure for wrinkles. The demand for this cure is driven by an aging world population; a population that also has increasingly demonstrated a marked preference for natural remedies over artificial ones. Indeed, there are many remedies for wrinkles to be found in nature as well as many self-help treatments. One of the best ways to fight wrinkles, and many other ailments that sometimes plague us, is by abstaining from certain foods and activities. A healthful, well-balanced diet made from natural ingredients instead of chemicals, preservatives and other artificial additives, will aid in the skin regeneration process and help reduce wrinkles. Some of the natural ways to prevent and eliminate wrinkles are explored below.
1. Reduce sugar consumption. Avoid drinks high in added sugar, as well as candies, cookies and other sweets. Too much sugar consumption causes an increase in blood sugar levels, which, in turn, triggers a process called glycation. Glycation is a cellular inflammation that fosters free radical formation, which destroys collagen and elastin (the connective fibers in our skin). As a result, we get wrinkles.
2. Don’t smoke. We tend to think of smoking as bad for the lungs, but it is bad for our bodies all around, including our skin. Smoking causes skin discoloration, wrinkles, dryness and other skin problems.
3. Limit sunlight exposure. Sunlight, in limited amounts is not only good for us, but also necessary for our bodies to create Vitamin D. Too much, however, is damaging to our skin and destroys its connective fibers, resulting in premature wrinkling.
4. Avoid excessive amounts of processed and packaged foods. These foods contain large amounts of preservatives and sodium that are harmful to our skin.
5. Do include the following ingredients when preparing meals:
a. Olive oil – believed to be an excellent anti-wrinkle agent, good at reducing wrinkles and improving our complexion.
b. Tomatoes – contain lycopene which helps prevent cancer and wrinkles
c. Beets – have a high iron content and also help fight wrinkles.
d. Vegetables, fruits and foods rich in antioxidants – these should all be part of your arsenal in the battle against wrinkles. All of them are rich in natural vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, E, beta carotene, and selenium. Examples of these foods include oranges, grapefruits, blueberries, broccoli, brown rice, carrots, chicken, mango, pineapple, salmon, spinach, tuna, and whole grains.
6. Increase water consumption. In spite of its many health benefits, which include helping us to get rid of wrinkles, most people do not drink enough water. Studies have shown that drinking at least eight glasses of water a day not only improves our complexion, but also helps delay the aging process and promote better health.