We all would love to look younger than we are. It looks like we have forgotten the art of aging gracefully. New-age skin care depends at large on the scalpel or the syringe to stay young.
But the news is that 80% of aging is caused by environmental factors which you have control over. However, dermatologists around the world agree on a sensible approach towards skin care – protect your skin, use the right skin-care ingredients, and get on with your life.
EHC brings you this article with tips on how to keep your skin young in a natural way. Hope it gets under your skin!
You are what you eat
Yes, it is true that what you eat reflects on your skin as well. So, if you do not want oily and greasy skin then refrain from eating junk and oily food. For a youthful skin, maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Keep a soft towel handy
Always dab your gorgeous skin instead of rubbing with a soft and clean towel. Even if you use skin wipes to wipe the sweat beads of your face and neck, be very gentle. You perspire through skin pores that are better left unprovoked. So, it is best to keep a clean and soft towel with you, especially while working out.
Use sunscreen on cloudy days too
A day of overcast is no reason for you to ditch your sunscreen. The sunscreen protects you from ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays that are present during all daylight hours. So, even if the sun is playing hide and seek, your skin is still exposed to the wrath of harmful rays.
Vitamin D & other vitamins
Sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which is essential for the body indeed. Do your skin a favor by taking some walk during the early hours of the morning. Early morning, the sun is beautiful and bountiful, rather than scorching red.
Take 100 to 200 milligrams each of vitamins B6 and B12 daily to reduce cortisol and increase levels of serotonin, a chemical in the body that helps ease depression and anxiety.
Smoking damages your internal organs that you cannot see early in your life. But not when it takes a toll on your skin. Smoking leads to premature ageing and skin wrinkles, puffy eyes, skin infections and even skin cancer.
Remove your makeup before going to bed
Always allow your skin breathe in comfort. Wearing makeup to bed can leave your skin dehydrated. This will lead your skin to produce oil to moisturize itself, making you wake up to an oily skin. So, if you don’t sleep in your party wear then why leave the makeup on.
Menace of shaving
Always use shaving gels or creams before using the razor on your skin. Always shave in the direction of hair growth and not against it. Remember, shaving is a menace if not done properly.
Skin packs and scrubs
If you have just used a scrub or a pack on your face, then you should not go out in the sunlight immediately. So, it is advisable to apply some cream or lotion on your skin after using a scrub or a pack.
Slowing the Aging Process
You can do a variety of simple things – from eating protein at every meal to taking a regular whiff of lavender – to help slow the aging process and maintain health and vitality as long as possible. EHC believes that being happy and as stress-free as possible are the keys to living a longer, healthier life. And feeling healthy, energetic and stress-free translates into a more youthful appearance.
At every meal, eat foods high in protein, such as fish, turkey, egg whites or tofu. A gram of protein for every kilogram of body weight is a good rule of thumb. (That’s 22 grams/0.8 ounce of protein per meal for a woman weighing 65 kilograms/145 pounds. That’s equal to about 150 millilitres/two-thirds of a cup of cottage cheese, an average protein shake, three egg whites, a medium chicken or turkey breast or 125 grams/four ounces of low-fat tofu.)
Ease stress with extracts from the magnolia flower, green tea or milk peptide, all of which are available at your local health food store. Massage is another way to calm stress. Lavender, a natural relaxant, helps keep cortisol levels stable and smells terrific. Put this essential oil in the bath or rub it onto your face and body, or tuck a sachet of the dried flower under your pillow.
When you are physically active, you make more growth hormone, a key factor in remaining youthful. Growth hormone plays a role in everything, whether it’s skin, libido, weight gain, muscle mass or energy level – almost any sign and symptom you can think of related to aging.
Get nine hours of sleep each night, if possible. When our bodies are in the repair mode of deep, restful sleep, we produce growth hormone. People who have trouble sleeping often have lower levels of growth hormone. As well, lack of sleep is a stressor.
To deal with wear and tear on the body, consider supplements that enhance the production of elastin and collagen. These include glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, MSM and hyaluronic acid. To increase the strength of the immune system, take supplements such as plant sterinols, olive extract (a natural antiviral), zinc and denatured whey. But consult a doctor before you decide on these.