Anti-aging Tips

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Written by Ara Wiseman

  • Your skin is you body’s largest organ— the earlier you start to take care of it, the easier it will be to maintain its youthfulness later on in life.
  • Health is wealth. Make sure your priorities are set straight. How much money you are willing to spend on your car or wardrobe versus your health is a good indicator of your priorities.
  • Eat a plant-based, organic diet. Conventional produce is generally ridden with herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals that pollute the body and contribute to premature aging.
  • Get enough sleep (8 hours a night); this is the time when our bodies repair themselves. Lack of sleep will make you look and feel tired. One of the first places sleep deprivation shows up is on the face, with dark circles and bags under the eyes.
  • Relax. It is important to reduce your stress, as it will definitely age you.  Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement. That is why smiling is important.
  • Stress will make you fat! When you are under stress your cortisol levels go up, stimulating your appetite. When people are stressed and worried they don’t eat properly and tend to exercise less, drink more caffeine and as a result don’t sleep well. This definitely has an effect on your skin and appearance. You can worry yourself to wrinkles.
  • Develop a personal stress management plan like meditation, deep breathing exercises, tai chi, yoga, music, journaling, massage, a warm bath etc.
  • Young-looking, vibrant skin depends a lot on good circulation. Get moving: exercise increases circulation, calms the mind and keeps you young!
  • High-glycemic foods (white foods such as rice, pasta, bread, and processed sugar) trigger the body to produce insulin, which leads to insulin resistance and inflammation.
  • Watch your sodium, as too much salt causes water retention and shows up on your skin as puffiness.
  • Ensure a minimum of 25 grams of fiber, 5–10 servings of fruits and vegetables (raw and lightly steamed vegetables for enzymes, vitamins and minerals) every day. Fiber keeps you regular and helps with the elimination of toxins in the body.
  • Saunas help relax your muscles and help your skin eliminate toxins that may contribute to wrinkles. Take a cold shower following your sauna treatment to help revitalize your skin.
  • Drink 2 liters of water every day (preferably distilled or filtered). Dry skin can be a sign of dehydration.
  • Don’t fear fat. We need fat in our diets in moderate quantities. Omega 3 fatty acids (the ones most people are lacking in their diet) are very important for healthy, youthful skin.
  • Allergies and intolerances put stress on the entire system and can manifest themselves in the skin as eczema, acne and rashes.
  • MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame are all neurotoxins that affect the brain. Avoid these at all costs!
  • Every minute, your skin sheds 30,000 skin cells; every 28 days, your skin completely regenerates itself: a whole new you!
  • Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite; Vitamin D reduces spots and growths; Vitamin E protects against sun damage and skin aging; Vitamin C is needed to regenerate Vitamin E. The best place to get these vitamins? Eating whole foods!
  • Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin’s surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged.
  • Heating oils causes them to oxidize and become rancid. Oxidative damage ages us! The only exception is coconut oil because it’s unique makeup makes it resistant to high heat cooking.
  • The two main things that cause pre-mature wrinkles are UV light from the sun and smoking. Both these things can be avoided. If you smoke, QUIT! If you’re an avid tanner or beach bum, avoid over-exposure and invest in a good sun block.
  • It’s not the SPF number that matters when looking at sun blocks, it’s the type of SPF you’re using; stay away from the chemical sunscreens and look for natural zinc-oxide based sunblocks: Aubrey is a good brand.
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