Simple Ways to Slow Skin Aging
Learn how to prevent and correct age-related damage
Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and dry, dull skin can add years to your appearance. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on miniscule containers of the latest skin care products or complete a lengthy daily skin care routine in order to get the anti aging benefits you desire. There are a number of simple changes you can make right now that will help protect your skin from the ravages of aging—and even help correct damage that may already be visible.
Most of these simple ways to slow skin aging are focused on supporting collagen production. Collagen is what keeps skin firm. Without it, skin gets wrinkly and saggy. Unfortunately, collagen naturally decreases by about 1 percent per year starting at age 20. The choices you make as you age will determine how fast this process happens for you and how much collagen you have to help keep your skin looking younger.
Protecting your skin from the sun is perhaps the single most important thing you can do in order to prevent premature skin aging. UV rays can cause skin cancer as well as accelerate collagen loss. Keeping out of the sun during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm) to avoid UVB rays is a good start, but it isn’t enough to protect your skin. Why? Because most sun exposure comes from UVA rays. UVA rays are present all day long, and they penetrate more deeply and do more damage to collagen than UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher any time you are in the sun. Using a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen is an easy way to make sure you’re protected.
In order for skin to keep renewing itself and looking fresh and young, it needs fuel. Fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins A, C, and E are considered especially nourishing for skin. They help protect against damage from free radicals. Skin also needs protein in order to produce collagen. Salmon is an excellent choice because it contains astaxanthin, which can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Eggs are another skin-friendly source of protein. They contain biotin, a vitamin skin needs to stay hydrated. Maintaining healthy moisture is very important for hiding fine lines.
If you’re eating a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates, you’re not doing your skin any favors. This type of diet results in the creation of Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). AGEs cause inflammation and they are extremely damaging to collagen. To make matters worse, AGEs react with UV rays to create free radicals, which can further damage skin cells. Following an anti-inflammation diet will help prevent damage from AGEs.
Growth Hormone Stimulation
Growth hormone is the reason young people’s skin is radiant, resilient, and wrinkle-free. While growth hormone does decline with age, there is a way to get more of it in a very natural way: growth hormone stimulation. This treatment encourages your pituitary to produce more of your own natural growth hormone. More growth hormone translates to better cell repair and renewal throughout the body, including in your skin.
Age-related hormone decline will affect you skin—especially if you are a woman. By restoring estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid to their healthy youthful levels, we create an environment where skin can look and feel youthful as well. Balanced hormones will support healthy moisture and collagen production, which will help keep your skin from looking dry, saggy, or wrinkly. Topical application of estrogen can also be very effective for women who want to target skin changes without altering their overall hormone balance.
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