Stop The Clock & Slow Down the Aging Process
Posted on 21 January 2016
Some women look so young – think Christie Brinkley, who at 61 looks the same as she did when she graced her first fashion magazine cover – it seems they either followed Ponce de Leon on his search for the elusive Fountain of Youth, or pulled a Robert Johnson, and sold their soul to the devil to keep their good looks for as long as they’re on this earth. While both are likely not the reason why some women retain their dewy, youthful looks and others take on the look of a woman who spent her life picking tobacco under the hot sun, there are a variety of things we can do to look younger without facelifts, Botox or going to the Crossroads to make an unsavory deal with Satan himself.
Our skin: A Tutorial
Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, and it is a workhorse. It provides protection from a wide range of aggressors, especially so environmental ones like bacteria, dirt and UV rays. It also helps maintain our normal body temperature through sweat, regenerates by producing new skin cells and communicates with nerve endings to signal pain, pressure or temperature changes – so we know we’ve touched something hot and can pull our hand away before we get too burned. Being so busy, it should come as no surprise that skin is sometimes really quick to show signs of aging. Of course no one wants to look old before their years, so what can we do to keep our skin looking young and beautiful?
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
In addition to drinking plenty of water to prevent your skin from showing signs of dehydration, look for a moisturizer that works deep beneath your skin’s surface to rebuild collagen and elastin while sloughing away the surface cells to reveal the healthy skin beneath. Senvie’s Lift & Firm Deep Anti-Aging Moisturizer (see more here) not only contains natural botanical moisturizers, it also offers antioxidants to fight free radicals as well as ingredients that specifically encourage the production of collagen and elastin, so you turn back the clock by erasing wrinkles. A good moisturizer also helps your skin retain existing moisture, so aging factors such as dryness, tightness and flaking will also be erased.
Stay Out of the Sun
“The sun is the primary cause of skin aging,” according to New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick. Applying a sunscreen every time you step outside – one that blocks UVA, which are associated with signs of aging, as well as the UVB rays associated with burns – is the best bet when it comes to retaining your youth. An SPF of at least 30 to 50 will provide the most protection, added Danville, Va.-based dermatologist Dr. Keith Robinson.
Skip the Sugar
Sugar is one of those things we know is bad for us, but we can’t resist it all the same. But most of us think of sugar as a problem for our waistlines, while in reality, the sweet stuff is out to take down our skin, too. (There’s a theory that exposure to a hotter – and more often present – sun is the reason so many people in the south show their age much too soon, but the more likely culprit is that seemingly harmless glass of sweet tea, a syrupy beverage that erases any of the benefits of the tea with an overabundance of sugar.) Sugar gets busy doing damage almost as soon as it enters the bloodstream. There, it attaches to proteins – usually the skin proteins collagen and elastin – creating advanced glycation end products, or AGEs for short. And from there, the damage only continues. AGEs also like to fight our body’s natural antioxidants, so if we’re not eating enough fruits and veggies – and are relying on that ever-present sweet tea to get us through the day – we’re going to be even more vulnerable to damage from both pollution and sun.
Don’t Forget Your Peepers
Even the most diligent skin care regimen can be undone by a single little wrinkle around the eye, which appear when the delicate skin there – much thinner than the rest of the skin on our face – isn’t treated with care. Senvie’s Firm & Smooth Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream is formulated to treat the delicate skin around the eyes, targeting not only wrinkles, but dark circles and puffiness that can not only make us look tired, but also older.
Free radicals can do a real number on our skin, and one of the worst ways we allow them access to our skin is to go to bed at night without removing our makeup. During the day, our skin picks up a host of varying bacteria, all of which can go to work at night, damaging skin cells and turning collagen and elastin into sad, sagging proteins. The toxins are able to invade our skin through our pores, and not only can they cause damage to skin cells, they can also lead to breakouts, which have the potential to leave behind dark spots that also add years to our faces. Taking in antioxidants in two ways – both through the products you apply to your skin as well as the foods you put into your body – can neutralize free radicals like superheroes wipe out cartoon criminals. Make sure you’re eating the right mix of foods – fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean protein – and take a good-quality supplement if there are times you can’t get the nutrients you need. Your skin will thank you, and your body will have the youthful energy to match.
REFERENCES: http://www.prevention.com/beauty/beauty/how-sugar-ages-your-skin http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20402986,00.html https://www.womentowomen.com/skin-care/holistic-skin-care-healthy-skin-from-the-inside-out/