8 ways to keep wrinkles at bay
Wrinkles are one of the problems on the forefront of our minds and on our faces. We see it every morning after we wake up, and every night before we go to bed. You might be tempted to hide or conceal them with cosmetic products, or to get creative with a fancy haircut to cover up your forehead.
Instead of fussing on a daily basis with expensive makeups or strategic cover-ups, here are eight ways you can reduce the wrinkles and enhance your health without having to hide your face.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Your skin’s molecules bind to water, so naturally when you introduce more water to your body, the cells tighten and within days you will notice that you look clean, feel fresh, and your skin has regained a familiar bounce.
2. Eat Lycopene-rich Foods to Fight UV
Lycopene, an antioxidant compound found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, is known to be able to neutralise the harmful effects of UV light, which causes wrinkles.
In Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles: Eat Your Way to Firmer, More Beautiful Skin with the 100 Best Anti-Aging Foods, author Allison Tannis noted that lycopene strengthens skin by enhancing its ability to produce collagen and reducing the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) damage that leads to wrinkles.
3. Eat Grape Seeds to Heal Your Skin
Even if they don’t taste the best, whole grape seeds are edible and they come with many health benefits. They contain proanthocyanidin, which is known to block the activity of elastase, an enzyme released when the skin is damaged or inflamed, and helps maintain the skin’s elasticity and stabilises collagen levels in the skin. If chewing on grape seeds isn’t your thing, you can always find foods or supplements that contain grape seed extract.
4. Hydrate Your Skin with Vitamin E
Foods containing high percentages of Vitamin E, like avocado or fish, helps to hydrate your skin, and block highly unstable and reactive molecules called free radicals that can damage all living cells which hasten the aging process of your skin, especially if you live in the city or in a place with strong sunlight.
5. Eat Blueberries and Other Foods that Contain Vitamin C
Foods high in Vitamin C, such as blueberries, papayaand even chili, helps degrading collagen and triggering oxidative stress in the skin, which is usually caused by overexposure to UV rays. Vitamin C aids the body’s production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photo damaged skin. If not, you can always find alternatives to help with your collagen production.
6. Add Foods with Zinc To Your Daily Diet
Fish, poultry, and wholegrains are full of zinc, something your skin will greatly appreciate if you consume. Zinc helps heal damaged skin and reduces the amount of natural oil in the skin, reducing inflammation and acne. Zinc is known to help alleviate dandruff and fungal infections. If you’re experiencing a lot of hair loss, catching colds frequently, or have been noticing white spots growing on your nails, it may mean that you’re not consuming enough zinc.
7. Get a Healthy Dose of Exercise Each Day
Exercising is one of the quickest and most obvious way to clear up your skin. Exercising improves your cardiovascular muscles and helps remove excess unhealthy fats. However, we always forget what helps that healthy, smooth complexion after a long run or doing some simple yoga is sweating. Sweating gets rid of your acne effectively. By flushing out the excess salt, it also helps to open up your pores and releases the buildup of toxins in them. Moreover, sweating causes dehydration in the body, which leads you to drink more water, clearing your system, and overall achieving healthy, glowing skin.
You might think that exercise is such a great big commitment and that it is too difficult to go out to the park or beach to have a long run, but you can always go down to your condo’s residential gym, or just take your dog out for a run around the neighbourhood instead of your regular walks. There are ample opportunities for you to get your muscles stretching and cleanse your body.
8. Don’t Rule Out Vitamins and Supplements
You might be able to get all of the nutrients from the foods above but if you’re like most of us, eating healthy can be a challenge. If that’s the case, make sure to get a healthy dose of vitamins and supplements to help offset that occasional treat. Supplements can help replenish your skin’s natural look without much effort.
You are what you eat
What you consume will determine the types of nutrients and elements that will help your body function. Whether you decide to change your diet or add supplements to your route, you can keep your skin smooth and fresh.
Diet and exercise can tremendously benefit your overall complexion and delay the aging process, so arm yourself with self-discipline and determination to achieve the healthy, happy version of yourself.