Nourish your body right for better skin
and fewer wrinkles...
Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in your skin. Some wrinkles can become deep crevices or furrows and may be especially noticeable around your eyes, mouth and neck.
Although genetics mainly determine skin structure and texture, sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles, especially for fair-skinned people. Other factors, such as pollutants and smoking, also contribute to wrinkling.
- Age. As you get older, your skin naturally becomes less elastic and more fragile. Decreased production of natural oils dries your skin and makes it appear more wrinkled. Fat in the deeper layers of your skin diminishes which causes loose, saggy skin.
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Ultraviolet radiation, which speeds the natural aging process, is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin's connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibers, which lie in the deeper layer of skin. Without the supportive connective tissue, your skin loses strength and flexibility.
- Smoking. Smoking can accelerate the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. This may be due to changes in the blood supply to your skin.
Diet - main culprits
According to Dr. Nigma Talib, naturopathic doctor and celebrity skin care specialist, how we can eat to look younger and fresher. What you eat, drink, breathe and supplement with will have a huge impact on your skin.
The dietary main culprits? Sugar, gluten, dairy and wine.
Glycation. Glycation is a process that occurs when you digest sugar; glucose is released into the blood stream, which then attaches itself to collagen, the important protein that keeps your skin firm and smooth. This attachment causes collagen to be rigid and inflexible and then we see an increased risk for sagging skin and developing wrinkles prematurely. The key culprits are not only sugar infested foods such as cakes, cookies, candies, and ice cream, but pastas and bread can equally cause problems with your skin as these foods convert to sugar.
Healthy diet and lifestyle
So, can certain foods give your skin the natural lift it needs to stay looking young and healthy and reverse the damage caused from a poor diet? The answer is absolutely yes. Focus on these anti-inflammatory foods for younger, fresher skin.
- Spices: Turmeric has been touted as “world’s best anti-aging agent” as well as a super potent anti-inflammatory. The active compound called Curcuma longa, which is responsible for the bright yellow colour as well as it's strong antioxidant capacity. You can take turmeric as a capsule, juice the raw root or mix turmeric with honey and use this as a face mask. You can also mix this spice in with your rice, quinoa and in your curries for the internal anti-inflammatory effect.
- Berries: Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects. Berries are rich in vitamin C, which is beneficial for your immune system and your skin. Vitamin C helps with wound healing as in the case of acne recovery as well as vitamin C increases the production of collagen that in turn strengthens the capillaries that supply your skin.
- Fish: Salmon, anchovies, mackerel and sardines are rich sources of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fatty acids not only help combat wrinkles and lines, but other skin problems as well, including acne, eczema, psoriasis and dry flaking and oily skin.
- Seeds and Nuts: Flaxseeds and walnuts also supply omega-3 fats called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and Vitamin E. Vitamin E protects the skin from oxidative damage and supports healthy skin growth.
- Sweating also proves to do wonders for skin health. Saunas help to relax your muscles and also help your skin to rid itself of toxins that may contribute to wrinkles. As the heat from the sauna penetrates your skin, it may help to “plump up” wrinkles, which can diminish their appearance.
- Anti-inflammatory creams are also part of the solution. Symphytum anti-fatigue cream from A.Vogel is made from fresh comfrey extract, grown in the Swiss alps. It protects and nourishes tired and inflamed skin.
- Last but certainly not least, hydration. Keeping your body well hydrated is absolutely key to radiant skin and lessening the signs of aging on the skin. Choosing an alkaline water is a great way to further the benefits and reducing inflammation in the body.
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