Prevention is key- avoid sun exposure and apply and re-apply your SPF! Excessive smoking and consumption of alcohol are direct contributors to wrinkles. Manage your stress levels and try to get your 8 hours of sleep every night.
Consistency is key and be proactive! Following a professional management plan (such as injections, Botox and professional peels), skin care regimen, along with possible lifestyle changes, will usually result in visible changes for wrinkles and overall performance of your skin health.
Consult with a professional skin care expert, such as a licensed esthetician. Estheticians have access to professional strength ingredients & professional protocols like chemical peels, which can offer you a custom plan of action needed to combat sagging skin and wrinkles.
Physics literally governs our daily lives; think of gravity's "what goes up must come down" principle. Then there's what I dub "nutritional physics." Never heard of nutritional physics? If you're ever heard the expression "you are what you eat," you've already been introduced to the concept; nutritional physics is simply the sum total of your dietary choices, whether good or bad, which is mirrored in your overall health and ultimately, your skin. The natural "law" of nutritional physics dictates that choosing an abundance of nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens and color-rich fruits, translates into glowing, healthy, youthful skin. Regularly consuming processed and fried foods devoid of nutrients, guarantees illness and/or disease, in addition to premature lines, wrinkles and a variety of glaring skin issues.
But take heart, you don't have to live in a vegan monastery in order to have great skin; even small changes can impact the skin's appearance (and your overall health) over time. For example, sipping lemon water throughout the day aids hydration and reduces inflammation (it's alkalizing). It also lends the antioxidant affects of both Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which naturally reduce dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles by targeting the free radicals that cause oxidation.
There are other nutritionally robust, simple additions you can make to slow the fine lines/wrinkles process. In fact, there's an entire arsenal of youth-restoring foods you can enlist, beyond the aforementioned leafy greens. Still, the most powerful weapons are found in the plant-based world; it's filled with nutrient-robust options that support the body's largest organ - your skin.
Avocado - brims with the healthy fats that keep skin supple, in addition to antioxidant rich Vitamins C and E. Do your skin a favor and slather mashed avocado on sprouted grain bread for a fab breakfast then accompany it with a big salad for lunch or dinner. Speaking of salad, replace the mayo in your dressing with avocado as a creamy, healthy alternative.
Sunflower Seeds - superb source of linoleic acid; this supports skin's elasticity and thickness. Gently toast a few cups (and keep refrigerated), then use them sprinkled on yogurt, as a garnish on salads, blended into hummus or strewn atop soups.
Sweet Potato - concentrated source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage. Roast up a couple and use throughout the week. You can cube them and add their sweet character to a simple salad, whir one in a blender with coconut milk, curry powder and lime for soup, or purée and substitute their wholesome goodness for mashed potatoes
Walnuts - high in essential fatty acids, in addition to zinc; zinc is needed for your skin's wound healing. Besides the usual salad toppings and snacking options, mix toasted walnuts into your homemade black bean or veggie burgers, or sprinkle atop sliced roasted beets drizzled with olive oil for a punch of skin-supporting flavor.
Japanese Matcha tea - Note that 1 cup of true Japanese matcha has the equivalent polyphenols (cancer and inflammation fighting properties) of 7 cups of regular green tea. Optimize your intake of this amazing ingredient by adding it to your fav smoothies (mango matcha smoothies are delish), or mix into a batch of cooled mint tea then top with sparkling water for a hydrating summer skin refresher.
Cruciferous Vegetables - contain sulforaphane, or SFN; this defensive element can neutralize skin-aging free radicals, in addition to helping your skin's own UV protection mechanisms. It may also help preserve collagen. The most nutrient dense source is broccoli sprouts; add them to salads, top your tacos with them and whir them into your next smoothie.
Kiwi - more Vitamin C than an orange, the kiwi is a super go-to for skin health; Vitamin C not only promotes collagen and tightens skin's pores, it deactivates damaging free radicals. Beyond enjoying as a powerhouse snack, kiwi adds tangy appeal to salads, smoothies, popsicles, fruit salsa, cold soups and layered fruit parfaits.
Asparagus - the darling of skin repair enthusiasts; it's a powerhouse of quercitin - the building block of glutathione, dubbed a "master antioxidant" and proven youth-restoring, wrinkle-reducing nutrient. Purists eat theirs lightly steamed with a squeeze of lemon juice, but you can add it to salads, integrate them into stir-fries, grill and garnish with capers (another high-quercitin food), or puree into a creamy bisque. Your skin will thank you no matter how you enjoy them.
The dairy category has a few options to choose from too, most notably fermented dairy like yogurt and kefir from organic grass-fed milk. That said, many find dairy products are an irritant or have allergic reactions to it. If you suffer from acne, be aware that the bioavailable hormones found in milk might be contributors, so for your skin's health, it may be wise to limit dairy consumption. For many people, meat is their center-of-the-plate go-to food. Unfortunately, most meat options are difficult to digest, causing your body to become acidic and aggravating inflammation, which eventually shows itself in lines and wrinkles. Unless you're eating organic grass-fed meat, you also have to assume it is filled with toxins and/or hormones, additionally taxing your system. Remember, any toxins not readily eliminated through your inner organs, are often released through your skin's pores. Smart choices for meat-based protein would be wild-caught sustainable fish like salmon, tuna and sardines, which are all high in skin-supporting Omega 3's. When it comes to grains, whole is always best. The fiber found in whole grains slows digestion - which means it keeps insulin from spiking; it can also absorb toxins in your digestive system. Grains like oats reduce inflammation, while black rice is rich with antioxidants similar to those found in blueberries. But beware, you may not be allergic to the gluten found in wheat and other grains, but you can be sensitive to it, which results in skin outbreaks and inflammation. The food we eat is a choice. If you are motivated to improve your skin's health and reduce lines and wrinkles, then put the laws of nutritional physics to work for you. Start replacing "empty" foods with nutrient-rich options and your skin will reward your efforts with glowing results; your overall health will reap countless benefits too!
The aging process contributes to laxity of our skin. Lax or "loose" skin is needed to form a wrinkle. In our skin, collagen is what makes our skin strong and elastin is what gives our skin the "snap" or resiliency. As the elastin fibers in our skin undergo change as we age, the skin is no longer able to "snap" back and return to its original state. The result is sagging and lax skin in a pattern we call "wrinkles".
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