It is not uncommon to hear people wish for their skin to look younger. You may have made this wish before or perhaps you are still wishing for it. Time can really change the skin’s appearance. This change can happen as early as your 30th birthday or sometime when you are already in midlife.
How fast your skin age depends on numerous factors. There are certain factors that you have no control over such as your genes which give you a particular bone structure or the decrease of estrogen levels as one gets older which leads to skin sagging. However, there are also certain external factors influencing how the skin ages that you have control over. With the correct anti-aging care, you would be able to blunt the damages they make on your skin.
As soon as fine lines, brown spots and crow’s feet start appearing on the skin, this is usually when people start to become aware of skin aging and commonly this is the time that people pay attention to their anti-aging care routine. It is always best to address skin aging early on or before its signs become visible. However, if you’re among the many who haven’t employed anti-aging care methods early on, don’t feel too down as it is never too late to address skin aging.
Focus on what you feed your body with. When anti-aging is talked about usually the main focus would be on the anti-aging products applied on the skin. Not many pay attention to what they feed their body with. The truth is youthful skin starts with what nutrients your skin receives. We should remember that the skin is the largest organ of the human body therefore it is directly affected by what we eat. Now that you know that diet plays a major role on how your skin visibly age, you should keep these tips in mind.
- Vitamin D supplement is important – You should take a Vitamin D supplement. Most dermatologists recommend 1,000 IUs for a day.
- Feed your body with Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. – Fatty fish such as salmon and trout are packed with these healthy fats. Olive oil and ground flaxseed are also great sources. It is ideal that you get your Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids from these natural sources. You may also use fish-oil supplements to get these essential fats. Omega 3 and Omega 6 aid in protecting the moisture barrier of the skin or the top layer of the skin responsible for holding moisture in. As we get older this layer thins out which causes the skin to dry.
- Keep your body hydrated. – Drink plenty of water each day. A liter per day is a good number however if you lead an active lifestyle or if you are involved in sports and physical activities you may need more. Drinking green tea and coffee is also helpful as they are packed with antioxidants which help protect the skin from free-radical damage. However, keep your coffee intake to a minimum. You should also go easy on your alcohol intake and on processed foods and sugars as they promote inflammation which destroys the normal production of skin cells.
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