Keeping your skin looking great as you age is simple with these 12 natural skin savers:
The human body requires water to function normally and the body’s largest organ, the skin, is no exception. Boosting your water intake boosts skin cell formation and flushes toxins from your system.
Shun the sun
We know that sun exposure is linked to skin cancer but exposure to ultra violet rays breaks down your skin’s collagen structure. This accelerates the formation of wrinkles and could also promote the development of pigmentation spots.
Nuts have a high concentration of fatty acids supporting the fatty acids naturally present in skin cells. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties promoting clear skin but also moisturize the skin from within.
Carbon monoxide, contained in cigarettes, negatively affects your blood oxygen levels. Low blood oxygen levels ‘suffocates’ the skin leaving it dull and wrinkled. Smoking also prevents the body from effectively absorbing vitamin C, without which the growth of new collagen is inhibited.
Get the Blood Pumping
Exercise boosts blood flow throughout the body taking with it much needed oxygen and nutrients and live skin cells deeper in the skin is ‘pushed’ higher up resulting in a more youthful glow.
Carrots and Tomatoes
The human body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, or retinol. Carrots and tomatoes are a good source of beta carotene which also helps the body fight free radicals which is known to lead to premature aging.
Snack on Citrus
Everybody knows that citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C- a vital antioxidant which slows down the ageing process. Vitamin C promotes the growth of collagen. A biological compound found in citrus peel strengthens blood vessels preventing the unsightly red blotches on the skin caused by broken capillaries.
Avocado has the amazing ability to nourish the skin both externally and internally. It is commonly used as an effective face mask. The fatty acids contained in the fruit are the building blocks of collagen.
Powerful anti-oxidants contained in olive oil fights off damaged caused by the sun. Applying olive oil to the skin AFTER sun exposure might assist in protecting the skin against damage.
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin B12, vitamin E and the mineral Zinc promotes healthy skin and is effective in dealing with acne.
Cucumber is a good astringent. After you washed your face wipe it over your skin to close open pores.
Not getting getting eight hours of sleep increases levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which may slow collagen production, promoting wrinkles.