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Loosing collagen and elastin is a natural process that causes aging leading to sagging and wrinkling skin. Cell turnover and the quality of our cells decrease through the years resulting in wrinkles.
Although these cellular factors are out of our control, anti-aging skincare, diet and supplements can slow down the aging process for our skin. The things that are within our control are environmental such as pollution (eg; smoking) and diet. Here are 11 easy ways to reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process. These easy steps are a great way to begin an anti-aging regimen today!
- Quit smoking
Some ways to help you stop smoking include trying nicotine replacements, avoiding triggers, delaying use, increasing physical exercise to reduce cravings, practicing relaxation techniques and obtaining an encouraging support system.
- Facial massage
Take a moment out of your day to massage in your beauty and anti-aging skincare products. Facial Massage helps to lift your facial muscles and prevent sagging skin. Completing circular motions with your hands encourages elasticity and breaks the pattern of tension helping to prevent wrinkles and encouraging firmer skin.
- Stay Hydrated
Hydrate your skin by drinking about 8 glasses of high-quality water everyday. You can also keep skin hydrated by eating water rich foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, cucumbers, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, and apricots.
- Try Antioxidants
Use skincare products that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the skin by reducing free radical formation. These free radicals can attack your skin, damaging healthy skin at a cellular level and make oxidative stress. Antioxidants protect your skin from this and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well.
- Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!
As we get older, our skin’s ability to hold water decreases and dehydration increases in our skin. What does this mean? It means we need to increase moisture-retaining anti-aging skincare, on top of drinking water, to maintain a youthful glow.
- Reduce stress.
Try reading, exercising, meditating, and getting more sleep. When you sleep your skin repairs itself and new cells grow to replace older ones leaving you looking refreshed with less wrinkles.
- Reduce alcohol.
Drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate your system and will accelerate wrinkles forming.
- Remove your makeup
Always cleanse your face of makeup before going to bed at night. If not done, it can age your face by immediately clogging pores and over time causes collagen breakdown. Using a gentle natural cleanser in the shower is an easy way to take your makeup off before bed.
- Increase your oils
Taking omega oils or omega 3 fatty acids keeps you moisturized from within. Fish Oils or vegetable/vegan omega oil capsules can be taken daily. These oils are responsible for the health of the cell membrane giving you more subtle skin.
- Exfoliate your skin
Exfoliating your skin encourages the shedding of dead skin cells and increases the growth of new ones. This leaves your skin soft, smooth and reflecting light better giving you younger looking skin with a radiant glow.
- Move more and Exercise
Exercising is as wonderful for your skin as it is for your body. It prevents cellular aging and increases blood flow to your skin giving a glowing complexion.
In conclusion, the skin is our largest organ. It’s living and breathing. It also protects our organs from the outside world. Many don’t appreciate the role that our skin plays on our health and wellness. Focusing on how our skin looks is important because it communicates health and beauty to the outside world. However, we should focus on not just looking good but also maintaining our largest organ through healthy choices.
Focusing on a well-balanced diet of foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, as well as staying well hydrated via fruits and water are keys to lifelong younger looking skin. Using supplements that contain fatty acids like cod-liver oil or borage, flax & coconut if you’re vegan or vegetarian also help in maintaining a youthful appearance.
Being sure not to neglect our skin when we are young is a also a key factor. But there is no need to fear, there are multiple products to help reverse some of the neglect that may have occurred. Using the most natural anti-aging skincare possible will reduce the potential for your skin to be effected by harsh dangerous chemicals. These harsh dangerous chemicals can cause further oxidative damage at a cellular level leading to aged weathered looking skin. Here at Purely Shea we have an abundant of skincare options leaving you looking more youthful and feeling great!
Thank you for reading Part 1 of our Anti-Aging Wrinkle tips for Beautiful Skin! Next time we will offer even more tips in Part 2 to help you have absolutely amazing skin.