How to slow down the aging of your skin
Are you worried about the increasing lines in your face? Are you concerned about losing your youthful appearance? Do you feel less attractive because of visible signs of skin aging?
All of this probably happens to all of us at different times and age. While we can’t stop the progression of aging and the physical manifestation of it, we can take steps to slow it down or alleviate it.
Ultimately, what is important to understand is that our bodies are a complex system. All of what we are works in symbiosis with each other. Routines that negatively affect your skeletal build will eventually affect your internal organs. Bad habits such as excessive alcohol consumption wreaks havoc on your liver and kidney. Not providing your body with a complete supply of nutrients and vitamins, could result in a variety of negative health effects. Etc. etc.
The skin too needs care and attention throughout the years. A lack of proper care will accelerate the signs of aging and once they have appeared, it is more difficult to manage their progression. Here are some causes for skin aging and what you can do to alleviate it:
Who doesn’t experience stress – life is a rat race for most of us in these days, unfortunately. Deadlines, expectations, too many responsibilities – they all can create stresses that your body needs to cope with.
When we experience stress, our body produces cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline – referred to as stress hormones. Increased levels of these stress hormones have shown to correlate to lower levels of Magnesium and Vitamin C in the body.
Knowing this, and understanding when you are under stress, it is wise to take some extra Vitamin C in form of supplements, as well as Magnesium. 1,000 to 2,000 mg of Vitamin C are recommended; use a slow release supplement for increased benefit. Add about 400 mg of Magnesium, and include Vitamin B, which helps reduce Cortisol.
Those pesky elements that bother especially women at a certain stage in life. With it comes new cravings (such as for carbs) and life style habits (less drive to exercise), that can quickly affect your overall health, if nothing is done to counteract it.
An increased level of insulin causes inflammation in the body and attacks collagen and elastin which are the building blocks of your skin.
Sugars and starches are the main culprits for increased insulin. Avoid high glycemic index sugars and carbs and sugar best you can. Choose sugar substitutes, such as Yacon Syrup, and cut back on your carb consumption. Shift to whole grain best you can.
Other ways to deal with cravings include drinking water, get up and walk around the office or house, do anything that distracts you from the craving.
Lack of Sleep
Our bodies regenerate during the restful hours of the night. Old cells get replaced with new ones, our internal organs reset, this is all necessary to prepare our bodies for the next day. Restless sleep or lack thereof, disrupts our body’s rebuild processes.
If you have trouble falling or staying asleep consider meditation, warm compresses, maybe even a soothing sound device. Try to maintain a consistent and regular sleep schedule and cut back on consuming foods and alcohol – as well as coffee, several hours prior to going to
bed. Exercise regularly. Remove the distraction of technology and pets from your bed room. Supplements can also encourage good sleep: Vitamin D (up to 4,000 IU), Magnesium (up to 800 mg), and Melatonin are well known for their sleep promoting effectiveness. Essential Oils are also a safe option to encourage deep sleep.
Alcohol robs your body of Vitamin B and Magnesium, and also dehydrates your body. If you don’t replenish your body with sufficient fluids, your body uses up whatever hydration it has available. The skin is one organ that has to surrender hydration to keep the primary functions of our body up and running.
Supplementing with Vitamin B and Magnesium and drinking plenty of water after a night out drinking are the best remedies to restore the hydration balance in your body.
Cutting the Wrong Calories: Fats and Oils
If you have dry, flaky skin, it is recommended to increase your fat intake. The most commonly known essential fatty acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6. They are essential for the growth of new skin cells and keeping your skin well hydrated.
They are sufficiently found in olive oil, coconut oil, fish, flax seed, nuts and chia seeds. Choose your oils wisely – especially olive oil; there are many brands out there that are not what the label indicates. Ensure the oil is cold-pressed, extra virgin and 100% pure.
Small Changes Can Have a Huge Effect
None of the above suggestions demand a major life style change, nor are they unaffordable. They are simple tips and routines that everybody could implement into their daily skin care routine to reduce the speed of aging and the resulting visible signs on our skin.
Your whole body will thank you.
And of course, remember, as part of your skin care, to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Choose natural products that don’t contain alcohol which actually dries out your skin. Avoid preservatives and fragrances in your skin care products. There are a lot of options nowadays for natural skin care products.
Our Kandala Rosehip Oil is a high quality skin moisturizer that contains lots of anti-oxidants which fights the free radicals responsible for skin again.
Your skin will thank you.