We are all born with the same beautiful baby soft skin that is well cushioned by cute baby fat. With age, the skin loses fat and wrinkles move in. However, many people, not knowingly, encourage early formation of wrinkles by making poor lifestyle choices. Such things as eating processed foods, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor stress management and skin neglect all lead to the formation of premature wrinkles. However, don’t fret, here are some easy things that can be done naturally to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A regular trip to the local spa for a facial will help plump up the fat cells under the skin and encourage better circulation. However, not everyone has the extra cash to spare on their face. At home, you can create your own relaxing steam facial bath by putting a few drops of essential oil such as clove, cinnamon, orange, eucalyptus or lavender in a glass bowl. Pour hot water into the bowl and lean over the bowl with a towel covering your head. Breathe slowly and rhythmically and relax while the warm water and essential oils open up pores and let your skin breathe. Make this part of your weekly skin care regime for best results. Be careful when using hot water steam and only do so with a partner in the room.
Two vitamins that are vital for healthy skin are vitamins C and A. Both of these vitamins help the body grow tissue and keep it young and firm. Ditch the processed diet and start consuming live foods high in these vitamins. Examples include spinach, carrots, grapefruit, oranges, red peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Not only will your immune system get a boost, but your skin will start to take on a fresh and clean look and form natural defences to the free radicals that cause wrinkles.
Stop Smoking and Moderate Drinking
If you have ever had a hangover, than you know too well the impact that alcohol has on the body. It is dehydrating and can zap the life right out of the skin causing premature wrinkles. When too much alcohol is consumed water collects in the soft tissue in the face, causing puffiness and wrinkles. Smoking also causes wrinkles because it depletes the arteries of nitric oxide, the compound needed to make the skin flexible. In addition, deep lines around the face form from sucking in on cigarettes over a long period of time.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it requires lots of water. If we deprive our skin of water, the cells lose their elasticity and become fatigued. Water helps to remove toxins from the body, and if we are not drinking enough, the toxins will settle in fat layers under our skin and create tired-looking skin with very little elasticity. Remember, as skin loses moisture, it becomes cracked and flaky. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water, by this time you are well passed dehydration. Consume 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep your skin happy, more if you exercise a great deal.
From The Alternativedaily