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People will often judge your age and even sex appeal solely by its appearance. The scientific evidence to date confirms that many people, unfortunately, abuse their skin, hair and nails.
Women and men of all age's and from every walk of the life, will take better care of their cars, then they do their own bodies. Unfortunately most people wait until there is a problem with their beauty and/or health before they do something about it. It is never too late or too early to be good to your body. Here we have put forth a few Anti Aging tips that will help you look younger and More beautiful.
Last Updated - 7th October 2005
Wrinkle Prevention Of the Skin
- As the skin ages, it characteristically becomes drier and loses its elasticity. The rejuvenating capabilities slow down and the oxygen and nutrient supply decreases as our bodies' circulation decreases. These changes take place in the dermal layers of the skin, beneath the surface. How fast and to what extent this dermal layers changes depends on four things:
- Skin Care Habits
- Eating Habits.
- Of course, we have no control over our age, and as time passes, our skin is more prone to wrinkles. We also have no control over our heredity and the type of skin that we are born with. Thinner, fairer, drier - skinned people tend to wrinkle sooner than those with darker, thicker and more oily skin. However, no matter what your heredity is, there is much that can be done to establish youthful and great-looking skin.
- First, one has to establish positive skin care habits and replenish the nutrients that keep the inevitable telltale signs of aging at a minimum-and even reverse them. The skin responds very well to a healthy program designed to prevent wrinkles. On such a program it is possible to have soft, beautiful, radiant and young-looking skin for a lifetime. The health program consists of healthy eating habits, using natural skin-care products, and by following the suggestions below:
- The Sun
- The sun causes irreparable damage to exposed skin and can result in premature wrinkling, scaling, dryness, age spots, broken capillaries, skin discoloration, and skin cancer. Doctor's, dermatologists and skin care professionals, all recommend wearing a sunscreen whenever you are going to be out in the sun - winter and summer - to prevent the damaging effects.
- Sunscreens are best applied 30 to 60 minutes before going in the sun and need to be reapplied after swimming, perspiring or toweling off.
- There are two major types of ultraviolet light emitted from the sun: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). Both forms are implicated in skin cancer, but UVA can also cause skin damage and premature aging.
- When purchasing a sunscreens make sure that it contains both UVA and UVB protection.
- Additionally stay out of direct sunlight between eleven o'clock and two o'clock (when the sun's rays are the most intense);
- Avoid tanning booths, sunlamps and tanning pills and cover your skin with clothing if it is not protected by a sunscreen.
- Age Protection day cream is the best way to fight aging from the outside. Herbals Antioxidants such as grape seed, pycnogenol, garlic, are the best antioxidants that help slow cellular aging.
- Smoking causes premature aging of the skin, browning of the teeth and fingers, damage to the hair, not to mention the foul odor smell on your breath and clothes
- Cigarette's carbon monoxide and nicotine have a very harmful effect on the circulatory system and deprive the skin tissue of much-needed oxygen.
- People who smoke can develop a pallid (gray) complexion, and develop wrinkles much sooner than those who do not smoke.
- Studies have shown that a forty-year-old smoker's skin is comparable to a sixty-five-year-old non-smoker's skin.
- In addition, a smoker's skin does not heal well.
- One of the main reason for this is that smoke destroy vitamin C in the body.
- Vitamin C is important for healing wounds and has the primary function of maintaining collagen, a protein necessary for the formation of connective tissue in skin, ligaments, and bones.
- Recent studies are now showing that alcohol consumption for even moderate drinkers (one to two ounces per day) can lead to liver damaged, a variety of cancers, and may contribute to osteoporosis.
- It is certain that anything which has this kind of effect on one's general health is going to affect the skin.
- Alcohol dehydrates the skin and impedes circulation, thus robbing it of precious moisture and vital nutrients.
- It can lead to broken or distended capillaries, especially over the nose and cheeks.
- Alcohol also depletes the body of vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy complexion.
- Hydrating Skin Nutriment is very important in replenishing and moisten vital nutrients the skin needs for a youthful and healthy complexion. Antioxidants, MSM and Vitamin C should be taken daily.
- Poor Quality Cosmetics
- Cosmetics with inferior ingredients can actually harm the skin by drying it out, irritating it or clogging the pores.
- Beware of skin care products with large amounts of alcohol, oils, chemicals, and especially, artificial colors and artificial fragrances all which can contribute to free radicals damage.
- Some natural - ingredient products containing small amounts of natural alcohol such as benzyl, cetyl (use as a emulsifier or preservative) can be safe.
- Using cosmetics of poor quality in many cases can be worse than using nothing at all.
- Look for products that contain natural ingredients such as vegetable oils, fruit acids such as glycolic and lactic acids, herbal extracts, micellized vitamins and essential oils such as fatty acids.
- Even though products containing natural ingredients are more expenses than chemicals or artificial products you will definitively see the difference in the way your skin looks and feels.
- Why Exercise Is Important
- A Healthy And Youthful Skin Glow
- With age, illness and the lack of exercise, the blood supply that flows to the skin, nourishing it with nutrients and oxygen, diminishes - and you lose your naturally rosy cheeks and general healthy youthful look.
- Exercise and fresh air are very important not only in the health of your skin, but for the way your skin looks and feels. There are a number of reasons why exercise and fresh air are important.
- Exercise boots blood circulation, which, in turn, ups the rate at which skin cells receive oxygen and nutrients. The flush on your face after a good workout is a sign that your skin has just had a real meal.
- Exercise gradually increases blood volume; that means more nutrients and more oxygen are carried to the skin.
- Exercise and fresh air can relieve stress, which shows up eventually as lines and wrinkles on the face.
- Exercise precipitates, which flushes out dirt and impurities, such as uric acid, from the skin and brings more natural moisturizers to the epidermis.
- Exercise raises skin temperature - from 86 F. to 98.6 F., and in doing so steps up the production of collagen, which keeps skin thick and young-looking.
- Exercise burns calories and helps you maintain your weight and avoid the yo-yo syndrome of repeated weight gains and losses, which ages skin dramatically.
- CELL -Shedding Slowdown
- Another reason you lose your youthful glow and, perhaps, gain an uneven skin tone with aging is the dead cells at the top of your epidermis that are not being shed as effectively or as fast as they used to be.
- While young skin naturally gets rid of these dead cells and replaces them with fresh new cells within fifteen to twenty days, older skin requires twenty-five to thirty-five days for the same process. In plain language, what this means is that the dead cells remain on the surface of your skin too long; they clump together, clogging pores, causing an ashen, dull and sometimes a leathery - looking skin tone. Thus, the absolute importance of stepping up the exfoliating of dead cells on the surface of your skin as you get older for maintaining a youthful skin tone.
- Exfoliation and Face Peels
- Your skin is a living organ made up of millions of cells.
- Every day thousands of cells die, fall off and are replaced by new cells from below.
- As we age, this become a slower and more difficult procedure.
- Your skin becomes unable to shed dark blotches, sun damage, or a dull, lifeless complexion.
- Exfoliation or peeling off the top layers of dead and damaged skin cells is necessary in creating an even, controlled shedding of several layers of the skin surface. This exposes a new fresh layer of skin with a more even color and a smoother, cleaner texture.
- The exfoliation of dead skin cells stimulates new cells to grow, thereby tightening the skin, which decreases wrinkling.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Alpha hydroxy acids might be the anti-aging miracle workers of the '90's. These New Age, wrinkle -smoothers from plants, fruits and/or milk products also help clear blemishes, hydrate the skin and lighten pigment spots by loosening one to several layers of dead cells clinging to the skin's surface.
- AHAs are so powerful on the skin that cosmetic companies are putting them in everything from cleansers and creams to masks and lotions.
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