How many of you have seen the movie The Age of Adeline. In this movie the actress Blake Lively faces a car accident at the age of 29 and she never ages thereafter…. Stay Young and Youthful forever
This is complete fiction. Nobody can stay young forever, but we can definitely slow it down with science backed ways.
What is Skin ?
Skin is the body’s largest organ. A square inch of skin has millions of cells and many nerve endings for sensing temperature, pain, pressure, and touch. Skin is very sensitive and can get damaged if it is not cared for. We need to protect it from the sun, dirt and from irritants.
“The body sheds 30,000–40,000 dead skin cells off its surface every minute. This amounts to nine pounds of cells every year. ”
Skin and Ageing
As we grow older our skin also undergoes changes. Skin ages both from the inside and from the outside. Within our skin, collagen production slows and elastin becomes less flexible. New skin cells are produced less quickly, and dead skin cells are not shed as often.
- Thinner and more transparent skin
- Hollows in the cheeks and eye sockets and looser flesh on the neck and hands
- More prominent veins and bones
- Dry skin
- Slow healing when injured
Science Proven ways to keep your skin young
- Gut Health : Secret to glowing skin
54 percent of acne patients have marked alterations to the intestinal microflora. Acne, facial redness, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, and rosacea could happen because of poor gut health. Having processed diet, stress and other lifestyle factors could result in a damaged or “leaky” gut lining (leaky gut is increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability), which leads to low-grade inflammation, oxidative stress and insulin resistance – all factors which have been linked to poor skin health. So take good care of your gut.
- Rebuild Skin Collagen and Elastin with best Skin care products
Three primary structural components of the dermis, collagen, elastin and Glycosaminoglycans have been the subjects of the majority of anti-aging research. Collagen supplies the firmness and tautness in young skin whereas, elastin gives the skin elasticity. Glycosaminoglycans keep the skin hydrated or naturally moisturized. Include skin care products with Antioxidants, such as vitamins, polyphenols and flavonoids, to reduce collagen degradation. Look for products with cell regulators, such as retinols, peptides and growth factors (GF), which can stimulate collagen metabolism and influence collagen production. Vitamins C, B3, and E are the most important antioxidants because of their ability to penetrate the skin.
- Vitamin E provides anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects in concentrations between 2 and 20%
- Vitamin C in concentrations between 5 and 15% can give skin anti-aging effect
- Tretinoin, a nonaromatic retinoid, is approved for application as an anti-aging treatment in a concentration of 0.05%
- Do not allow Hormones to Mess With Your Looks
Estrogen plays a key role in maintaining youthful skin. Estrogen levels gradually goes down in forties which makes skin dry and wrinkle prone. Whereas too much estrogen during pregnancy can lead to brown spots or patches. Male hormone testosterone can also cause trouble. Testosterone levels can trigger increased oil production, which could bring on breakouts — even in thirties and forties. Thyroid hormones can also influence skin’s appearance. Too much of the thyroid hormones can lead to warm, smooth, sweaty, flushed skin. Use appropriate diet to tide over hormonal imbalance.
- Beauty Diet
“One of the most important things you can do to keep a youthful, glowing appearance is to eat foods that provide your features with optimal nutrition,” says Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.
Include in your diet vitamin C rich food like oranges, broccoli, brussels sprouts, red peppers, and kiwis. They can boost production of skin-plumping collagen. Vitamin C is required to transform the lysine and proline into hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline, the forms of the amino acids necessary to rebuild collagen. Eat lot of veggies rich in beta-carotene like carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach for smooth and soft skin. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish like salmon and trout as well as walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds help skin retain moisture, and prevent dryness, redness, and even acne. Also the antioxidants in dark chocolate moisturize and soften skin, too. Sugar, on the other hand is a trouble maker, can latch onto the collagen in our skin, eventually leading to wrinkles. Include berries of all types — blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. —to even out hormone troubles. Avocados contains plant sterol with anti-oestrogen properties and should be included as a part of hormone-balancing diet.
- Say yes to Sunscreen cream or Lotion
Exposure to sun speeds up ageing process. The sun’s UV light damages elastin, making the skin less stretchy, which may contribute to forming wrinkles. The skin surface may become rough and leathery, and darker spots or freckles may appear. When sunscreen lotion is applied Inorganic chemicals in it reflect or scatter the light away from the skin, and organic ones absorb UV rays and protects skin from sun induced damage. A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 protects against about 93 percent of UVB rays, and one with an SPF of 30 protects against 97 percent of rays, according to the Mayo Clinic.
What you eat, how you feel, how you address each of your health problem and how you choose the skin care products; all of them together leads to young and youthful looks.
Stay Youthful, Stay Young….Slow down your Ageing machine