A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
Probably a woman has never heard anyone stating that men appear to be prudent as well as eminent when they have wrinkles, while women having wrinkles seem to look old. While the baby boomers of the day draw close to middle age, sales of cosmetics are rocketing. The most widespread outlook toward aging in present times is, Ďage elegantly by combating it in each stage of the wayí. In fact, you will find that most of the bathroom cabinets are packed with jars, chemical peels, elixirs and potions that intend to hoodwink Mother Nature. However, it is fateful that wrinkles triumph every time when one tries to conceal them.
It is unfortunate that in spite of our passion and endeavours to wipe out wrinkles, they are a normal feature of the aging process. They occur owing to the slow but steady erosion of the most external skin layer known as epidermis that is made up of lifeless tissue. This part of our skin is replaced by new dead tissue that originates in the base of the lining. In fact, wrinkles form an everlasting aspect of aging skin, as they come from the dermis that lies deeper compared to the epidermis.
The cells in the dermis region of the skin start dying and also shrink in individuals who are over 25 years of age. As a result of this, the suppleness as well as pliability of the skin also begins to decline. Any kind of shriveling of the skin tissue in the dermis region results in wrinkles on the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). In addition, as people age, their dermis turns out to be more inflexible. The stretching of the dermis is directly related to developing wrinkles - any increase in the expansion of the dermis results in the development of more wrinkles on the epidermis. And, since our face and the facial muscles are very active, usually there is a significant development of wrinkles in these areas of the body.
In opposition to the well-accepted conviction, dry skin or dehydration is not responsible for developing wrinkles. However, pulling a face (frowning) and narrowing your eyes (squinting) too often do result in the development of wrinkles, as these acts stretch the dermis all the time. In addition, scrubbing your skin using any caustic or harsh substance, deficient intake of vitamins as well as minerals, smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages, damage caused to the skin due to radiation from exposing oneself to too much sunlight, and even sleeping on your stomach or any side contribute to the development of wrinkles.
Supplements and herbs
Using specific herbal products and dietary supplements may be helpful in preventing the development of new wrinkles. For instance, it has been found that taking a diet that is rich in saturated fat content may make your skin dry. Hence, you should ensure that you take a diet that has low fat content, but includes lots of fiber. In addition, you should preferably use monounsaturated oils and polyunsaturated oils. Also ensure that your diet includes essential fatty acids in the way of omega 3 oils. Some of the healthy oils that you may use to avoid wrinkles include corn, sunflower, safflower, olive, sesame, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, canola, hazelnut and almond.
Moreover, you should also keep away from shortening animal fats, coconut oil and hydrogenated oil. On the contrary, you should take a diet that incorporates plenty of raw vegetable and fruits; whole grains; lean meats, dairy products having low fat; and also drink lots of clean water.
Some of the other essential nutrients that you need to prevent new wrinkles from developing are discussed in brief below.
Vitamin A plus beta-carotene: You should take antioxidants that have the aptitude to diminish the damage to cells. Having an extremely dry skin may possibly be a sign of the fact that you are suffering from a deficiency of vitamin A. Therefore, in a number of instances using cod liver oil that has extremely high vitamin A content on the dehydrated skin areas may provide additional relief compared to the lotions sold commercially. Also consume lots of sweet potatoes, carrots and tomatoes, as they provide vitamin A. You may also use dietary supplements in measures that will not cause any harm to your body. Most importantly, consuming lots of carrots, green leafy vegetable, and fresh fruits may help in encouraging as well as sustaining a hale and hearty skin.
B complex vitamins are vital for your skinís health. It may be noted that formation of cracks as well as line in the region of the lips may possibly be an indication of the fact that you are suffering from a deficiency of B vitamins. Food products like eggs, chicken as well as whole wheat contain B vitamins and may help in encouraging the health of your skin and make it appear more youthful.
Vitamin C is useful for repairing the connective tissues, which are made up of the skinís dermis layer.
Vitamin E aids in lessening scratches and blemishes, while helping in repairing the skin. In addition, vitamin E is also effective in alleviating dehydrated as well as rough skin.
Unlike many other types of vitamins, you may directly apply vitamin E to your skin. Most of the vitamin E preparations available commercially do not contain this vitamin in adequate strength and, hence, they do not offer excellent results. Hence, it is advisable that you break open a vitamin E capsule or, alternately, directly apply wheat germ oil.
In addition to these vitamins, you may also apply honey facials, as they aid in making the skin softer as well as more elastic. Apply soft, raw honey on your face and allow it to remain for about 15 minutes. Subsequently, wash your face with cold water using a washcloth.
Filter one pint of tea prepared from dehydrated peppermint leaf and add it to one pint of apple cider vinegar. This blend is an excellent facial rinse and is especially recommended for people having dehydrated skin. You may also use watered down myrrh extract, which is believed to be an excellent herbal skin conditioner.
Aloe vera facilitates the healing of damaged skin cells and may be used in the form of a lotion or gel.
Several generations of native Indian Americans have used jojoba oil as a skin conditioner as well as to enhance the quality of their skin. The structure of jojoba oil is akin to the natural sebum present in our skin.
Though the name suggests some kind of earth, Redmond clay is basically a conventional herbal therapy used to tone up the skin.
Comfrey, marshmallow and Irish moss are herbs that possess the ability to make the skin relax or soothe it. These herbs are known to possess emollient properties and have the aptitude to help in lubricating dehydrated skin. They may be used in various forms, including wet compresses, rinses after preparing a tea from them, or utilized in a gadget called facial mist machine.
Herbs like witch hazel, ladyís mantle and marigold are regarded to be natural astringent agents that have the ability to tone as well as invigorate the skin. These herbs may be used to prepare a tea, which is used as a rinse, or also sprayed on the face using a good mist atomizer. In addition, herbs like yarrow, violet, elderflower and chamomile work as excellent cleansers. On the other hand, thyme and lavender possess antiseptic properties and possess the aptitude to refresh the skin.
It is advisable that you may also use herbal ointments and creams enclosing comfrey, marigold, olive oil, peppermint oil and marshmallow, as they are effective in repairing damaged skin.
Aromatherapy is effective in diminishing the wrinkles from appearing and also put off development of new wrinkles. In order to achieve this, it is advisable that you use face oil that helps to nourish the skin. Prepare this face oil by adding one drop of rose essential oil plus two drops of helichrysum or immortelle essential oil (commonly called ever last) to approximately 30 grams of the essential oil of rose hip seed. Store this blend in an opaque glass bottle and spread on this mixture to your face each morning, soon after cleansing. This mixture of essential oils has a wonderful aroma and also helps to sustain the moistness of the skin.
Additional things you may do
Besides using commercial cosmetic products, herbal remedies, supplements and aromatherapy, you may do a few more things to prevent the development of wrinkles. Be careful to keep away from exposing yourself to the sun for too long or during the mid-day. In fact when the new or young skin cells are exposed to sunlight for a prolonged period, they have the same appearance as those of the old skin that have developed wrinkles naturally. You should know that exposing yourself to the sun in an unprotected manner can definitely result in premature aging. The sunlight during midday causes maximum damage to the skin. Therefore, it is advisable that you should take care not to expose yourself to the sun between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm.
Even if it is essential for you to go outdoors during the day, you should use potent sunscreens having an elevated SPF (sun protection factor). You need to apply these sunscreens no less than 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun and you should apply them once more after having a swim. In addition, surfaces that are extremely reflective, for instance, water, concrete and sand, may result in significant damage by the sun, as these surfaces exaggerate the effect of sunlight on the cells of the skin. In addition, tanning booths may also cause as much damage to the skin as sunlight during midday.
In addition, you will benefit by using a good quality moisturizer every day. Although using a moisturizer will not help to stop the formation of wrinkles, it can definitely enhance the skin texture considerably and make it look softer and gleaming. You may also whip the egg white as fine as that of meringue and apply it to your face. Allow it to stay for about 20 minutes and then wash your face. This technique will aid in tightening your skin for the short term - usually, the effect of this endures for just a couple of hours. It is advisable that you use soaps and cleansers that are mild and those that will not dehydrate or remove the oils that aid in maintaining the suppleness of the skin as well as nourishing it. You may use soaps like Neutrogena, which are sufficiently mild and never disturb the skinís normal balance.
At the same time, you need to practice sleeping on your back, because when you sleep on your stomach or any side, it may result in the development of unusual wrinkles on your face. Similarly, if you squeeze up the pillow and cuddle up your face in it, it is likely that this will crumple the facial tissues and develop unwanted lines.
If you sincerely wish to avoid formation of wrinkles it is essential that you quit a few bad habits - drinking and smoking tobacco.
It has been noted that people who smoke generally have noticeably more wrinkles compared to those who donít. In addition, people smoking tobacco also age more prematurely and faster. In effect, smoking reduces the supply of oxygen to the body and this may result in poor blood circulation to the face causing further damage to the epidermis. Moreover, when one is actually smoking, his/ her face contracts in a number of ways and this may also add to the development of wrinkles and creases.
People who want to avoid wrinkles should know that consumption of alcoholic beverages may result in the swelling of the face that causes the skin to expand and, in this way, creates wrinkles. In addition, alcohol may also deprive oneís body of the essential nourishments that encourage the robust functioning of the skinís cells.
You also need to wear sunglasses and hats in order to put off frowning, straining your eyes and also damage due to the sunís rays.
In case you are living in a dry climate, you need to use humidifier in your residence. Although the moisture from the humidifier will not help to stop or treat wrinkles, it may definitely diminish their appearance or other people noticing them.
Ensure that you use facial massages that augment blood circulation and also enhance stimulation. In addition, you should work to maintain the best possible weight. When you have excessive weight or become obese, you may have wrinkles and floppy skin after losing those extra pounds.
Regular exercise helps to improve blood circulation to the cells of the skin and also results in the general improvement of oxygenation. It has been found that the skin of people who undertake regular work-outs in general has an enhanced suppleness and density. In addition, regular exercise adds a healthy radiance to the skin.
In addition, it is recommended that you do mudra and shoulder stand practices in yoga to avoid as well as control the formation of wrinkles.
Practise various relaxation methods to deal with stress. When people are under pressure, they usually frown too much and this results in the development of ugly creases and lines on their face. There is no doubt that people would any day have a preference to laugh lines than unsightly furrows and ridges on their face.
Although the wrinkle creams are usually very expensive, often they do not prove to be worth the claims made by some. Therefore, prior to spending a fortune, it is advisable that you do some homework to evaluate the constituents as well as the proportions of chemical substances present in some wrinkle cream/ ointment brands. A lot of times, the price of a wrinkle cream is based on its brand name instead of its contents.
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