Aging is caused by various intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Diet and lifestyle counts towards how fast we age, such as whether one smokes, exercises or eats healthy food. Genetics of course, also play a role. A healthy lifestyle and proper skincare regime are essential for youthful-looking skin, and it may even help to slow down the skins natural aging process.
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Don’t skip vitamin C
Vitamin C is known for its importance in the synthesis of collagen, which plays an important role in keeping the complexion smooth and radiant. It also helps reduce skin damage caused by free radicals, as it is an antioxidant. Best source of Vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables.
Intake of Protein
Protein is a necessary for construction of new skin and tissue repair. It also good for our nail, hair, as well as our organ. Collagen, which plumps the skin, is a protein itself. Great source to obtain are fish, chicken, broccoli and beets.
The antioxidant properties of garlic doing pretty well to delay skin aging, and it also contains flavonoids, which help fight heart disease.
Say no to fatty foods
Medical research has shown that dietary fat is a primary generator of free radicals, the naturally occurring unstable molecules that damage your body’s healthy molecules by stealing their electrons and, in the process contributing to aging and wrinkle formation.
What alcohol does to your skin
While some studies recommend a little bit of alcohol to help prevent heart disease and strokes, excessive drinking can be harmful to your health. Alcohol is known to dilate our blood vessels, and frequent dilation can cause these vessels to lose their tone. Also, excessive drinking can cause telangiectasia (spider veins) and worsen acne rosacea, causing redness, flushing , and pimply bumps.
Benefits of water
Water is important to keep the skin hydrated, as well as to help flush harmful toxins from the body. Six to eight glasses of water a day is the average recommendation, however this varies between individuals based on their daily activity. Plain water is also far better than beverages such as coffee and fizzy drinks.
Insufficient sleep can hinder metabolism and hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes. Biologically, the human body requires at least eight to nine hours of sleep daily to function effectively and maintain a healthy state. While it is difficult to catch enough shuteye due to our hectic work and social schedules, we should at least try. Some say for every two hours that we are up, we should get at least an hour’s worth of sleep.
Studies have shown that stress could transmitted right down to the cellular level and accelerates cell death. Those who manage stress better and have a positive attitude to life, seems to have radiant, lively skin tone and hence, age better than most. So find the stress-relieving activity that works best for you and learn to manage it well.
Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, thereby reducing the flow of oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for growth and healing, causing a gray and dull complexion. Additionally, free radicals are produced in the lungs, triggering an inflammatory response. Smoking also accelerates wrinkle formation by negatively altering collagen recycling and by dehydrating the skin.
Exercise increases circulation to the skin, removes toxins and also helps reduce stress. While there are no conclusive studies to guarantee that exercise can promote healthy looking skin, exercise is still the best known method to make you stronger and healthier.
Stay put (weight-wise)
Be aware that constant fluctuations in weight gain or loss can cause the skin to sag. Sudden and rapid increase in weight gain can also increase the likelihood of stretch marks once the weight is shed.
Stop frowning !
Try to think about your face several times a day and totally relax all your facial muscles. Habitually smooth out your wrinkled forehead by quitting that frown. Repetitive frowning can lead to static wrinkles.
Be careful out in the Sun
Avoid the sun. Damage done by ultraviolet rays is irreversible and may lead to spotty pigmentation. If you must be out in the sun, always use a sunblock. Products that contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 and above area what you need. Apply sunblock in the morning and afternoon, but if you are going to be out in the sun for longer periods, i.e. spending the day at the beach, then you should re-apply your sunblock every few hours. It’s also very important to wear good sun-glasses or a protective hat when out in the sun or glare.
Keep your skin moisturized at all times to provide the moisture your skin needs to stay supple and ‘wrinkle-resistant’. Also, take advantage of the various skin care products that contain useful antioxidants ingredients.
Be kind to your skin. Do not scrub harshly or vigorously during cleansing as this can aggravate the skin. Also when applying moisturizer, lightly stroke and pat instead of rubbing hard.