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Everybody is looking for the fountain of youth, and while we are searching for that, we are unfortunately not going about it the right way most of the time. There is nothing wrong with wanting to always look your best, and with wanting to preserve your skin.
12 Drinks That Minimize the Signs of Aging (Slideshow)
However, we have to understand that slowing down the aging process works from the inside out. While there are numerous ways to cosmetically enhance our looks, the truth of the matter is that if we don't nurture our insides, this will eventually be reflected on the outside.
Factors like smoking, excessive alcohol intake, drug use, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, overexposure to the sun, consumption of sugary sodas and high fructose corn syrup foods — these all accelerate the aging process.
So, how is it that we can age elegantly, vivaciously, and optimally? To start with, it is always wise to find a good integrative physician who knows how to test for hormones, micronutrients, and neurotransmitters. Because aging is natural and inevitable, we should all endeavor to do so healthily and gracefully.
Here, we can explore the different drinks that can help slow down the hands of time and give you a youthful appearance while also making you healthy from the inside out, which will be reflected by your skin, hair, and nails.
Of course you can’t just take one drink and expect a change in your skin. But if you regularly incorporate these healthy drinks into your diet, and cut out corn syrup-filled foods and drinks that can speed along the aging process, you will become healthier from the inside out, and this will be echoed in your appearance.
Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Citrus fruits pack tremendous amounts of vitamin C, which allow for excellent maintenance and production of collagen, the substance that allows skin to be flexible and strong. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading the way to wrinkles and dry skin, both of which are unfortunate signs of aging. Grapefruit also contains spermidine, which helps cellular growth.
Almond Milk Smoothie with Bananas and Avocados
Almond milk contains vitamins A, D, and E, all of which are fat-soluble so they promote healthy skin. The calcium and protein in almond milk are beneficial for strong nails and hair. Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fats that promote vitamin absorption, leading to young, supple, and radiant skin. Bananas are rich in vitamins A, B, and E, all of which are excellent for your skin as well. Throw in some hemp, flax, or chia seeds for an extra boost, blend it all together and enjoy the hearty goodness, all the while knowing it is doing your body more than good.
Dr. Deepa Verma of Synergistiq Integrative Health believes that healthy and holistic living is the key to happiness and aging gracefully. Follow her on Twitter @DrDeepaVerma and subscribe to her Youtube Channel.
This story was originally published May 9, 2014.
How To Stop Aging Naturally?
Even though aging is inevitable, it doesn’t make it any less worrisome when you start seeing the signs on your face. From a small wrinkle to a few fine lines, it can start in many different ways. But, the good news is there are a few ways by which you can delay all these signs from making an appearance on your face. Curious to know how? Keep on reading!
Signs of Deteriorating Brain Health
The inability to plan, multi-task, solve problems, or make decisions is often a more significant indication of deteriorating brain health. Those with cognitive decline may exhibit a loss of financial management skills long before being diagnosed with dementia. They may start making purchases they would never have usually done before, or they may fall prey to scams because their ability to understand the consequences of their decisions may be impaired.
At the first sign of any cognitive problems, it is essential to rule out any health problems that could be affecting the brain. For example, uncontrolled high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, hearing loss, high blood sugar, and other illness can cause changes in brain function, including memory loss.
&ldquoThe first stop is the primary care provider, because the person generally has a relationship with them,&rdquo Dr. Keller said. &ldquoThey can make a diagnosis or start a work-up to make sure the changes aren&rsquot from another cause.&rdquo
Knowing the warning signs may put your mind at rest if you are wondering if your forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. To keep your mind sharp, health experts recommend eating a healthy diet and participating in regular physical activity. They also recommend learning a new language, finding a new hobby, or developing knowledge about a new field you are interested in. All of these can help you maintain cognitive flexibility, which is vital for cognitive preservations.
In Your 30s
In our 30s, Dr. Frank, who just published The Pro-Aging Playbook ($20.47, amazon.com), notes that skin is more prone to visible signs of pollution (or free radicals). This can pop up in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven texture and tone. The best way to shield against these effects is to stock your skincare routine with vitamin C (and SPF, of course) Summer Friday&aposs CC Me Vitamin C Serum is a solid option ($64, sephora.com). "Vitamin C provides a range of benefits including evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger," Dr. Frank explains.
Some of the best ingredients for aging skin can be found right in your pantry. Yup, you read that right! Vegetable-based oils like avocado oil and coconut oil both have amazing benefits for your skin, especially when it comes to wrinkles.
We will be using avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E oil, and essential oils for this recipe. Each of these ingredients plays a vital role in giving your skin a more youthful glow.
Avocado oil is a known superfood in the health food world, but have you ever thought of slathering it on your skin? This healthy oil is loaded with antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin E and has anti-inflammatory properties.
When used on the skin, it will provide hydration, reduce itchiness, help promote elasticity, heal dry, chapped skin, and remove dead skin.
Research shows that avocado oil is a safe oil to use on the face. It is always important to do a small test patch before using anything new on your skin. I suggest doing this on the foot or hand.
Similar to avocado oil, coconut oil is a well-known oil used in the kitchen. Coconut oil has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antimicrobial properties, making it great for cleansing the skin.
When coconut oil is absorbed into your skin, it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and flexible.
I love adding coconut oil to homemade whipped body butter and sugar scrubs to get the amazing benefits on my skin.
The beeswax in the recipe will give the face cream the perfect texture and it has many benefits for aging skin. If you want to make this recipe vegan, you can use soy wax instead or omit it entirely. Taking the beeswax out will change the texture of the face cream.
Beeswax has anti-inflammatory properties, is high in vitamin A, and can work as a natural exfoliator. Using beeswax on the face will provide hydration, reduce signs of aging, and help clear skin blemishes.
Shea butter is one of my favorite ingredients to use on my skin. It provides hydration repairs damaged skin, can improve skin tone, and reduce wrinkles. It is the perfect ingredient to make homemade lotion and face moisturizers with.
Shea butter is a very gentle ingredient and can be used on sensitive skin. You can replace the shea butter in this recipe with mango butter or cocoa butter.
VITAMIN E OIL
We all know that vitamin E has amazing benefits for the skin, so of course, I am adding this into the recipe. Vitamin E can help regenerate the cells, improve skin tones, and reduce inflammation.
Vitamin E oil is one ingredient I really recommend adding to any homemade face moisturizer for aging skin. By just adding a few drops into the face cream, you get all the added benefits that go along with it. Just using plain vitamin E oil daily can help reduce signs of aging.
Several essential oils can be used to reduce signs of aging, fight wrinkles, fine lines, and improve uneven skin tones. Essential oils are very concentrated and it is important to dilute them properly before applying them to the face.
The best essential oils for anti-aging are lavender and frankincense. Both of these essential oils are gentle and great for sensitive skin!
Frankincense can reduce the appearance of age spots, skin discoloration, and sunspots. It also has the ability to tighten the skin and rejuvenate skin cells.
Lavender is an amazing oil for the skin and can be used to reduce the appearance of most skin ailments. It is a very soothing oil and can promote healthy, smooth skin.
How to use carrier oils for wrinkles?
Now, let the fun begin! Carrier oils are incredibly versatile when it comes to topical application. I’ve gathered a few tips, recipes, and ideas on how to use them:
- Apply them neat as the last step of your skincare routine, after a moisturizer before you go to bed. Gently massage the oil on your face and neck. You’ll wake up with soft and smooth skin!
- Combine a carrier oil with a few drops of essential oils. You can choose from the best anti-aging essential oils here. Apply the mixture with gentle massage as the last step of your skincare routine before you go to bed.
- Make a DIY oil serum, combining your favorite carrier oils from the list. Add a few drops essential oils to them for best effects (such as this rosehip facial oil, or camellia facial oil)!
- Add these oils to homemade anti-aging facial creams and lotions, along with other ingredients that help to slow down the aging process.
According to a study just drinking two cups of organic spearmint tea daily reduces inflammatory acne lesions by 25% percent after one month and by 51% after three months. So before you decide to take that prescription remedy try spearmint tea first. You’ll notice brighter skin, far fewer breakouts, and reduced redness. Yay!
Who would have known that white tea has even more antioxidants than green tea and has the highest catechin content! That’s because white tea is the least processed of all teas. It also has great antibacterial properties that can fight several types of skin conditions.
This tea has the same benefits of black and green teas. It can improve the color of your skin helps get rid of dark spots, fight sun and smoking damage. So what are you waiting for? Drink up!
Here's Exactly How To Reverse 6 Major Signs Of Neck Aging
Chances are, you've dedicated a decent amount of time to taking care of the skin on your face, while practically ignoring your neck&mdasha decision you may now regret. Not only is your neck going through the same wear and tear, but it's also typically the first area of the body to show signs of aging.
The main reason, besides neglect, is gravity. "Unfortunately, from the moment we're born, our neck and all of its structures are subject to descent from the force of gravity," says Ryan Neinstein, MD, plastic surgeon at NYC Surgical Associates. "The second reason is sun exposure, as we all frequently tend to under-treat our neck area when applying sunscreen."
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Genetics and hormonal fluctuations can also influence collagen and elastin production all over our bodies, including the neck. Together, these factors can cause the neck's texture to alter&mdasha line here, a droop there, and eventually (sigh), the crepe effect.
But don't shop for turtlenecks and scarves just yet. There are plenty of ways to reverse the signs of aging. Here are some of the best solutions:
If you have fine lines and brown spots.
You may be diligent about applying sunscreen to your face&mdashor at least choosing a moisturizer or foundation that contains SPF&mdashbut most women forget to protect their necks. Meanwhile, UV rays damage structural collagen, causing wrinkles, thinning skin, and pigment changes, like brown spots, says Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, board-certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills.
The fix: To slow the progression, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 (or higher) to your neck every day, and reapply if you'll be spending time in the sun. "Don't forget the sides of your neck, which are exposed to the sun when you drive," Shainhouse says. Don't have a go-to sunscreen? Consider trying SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 34 ($37, amazon.com). It contains anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles while protecting you from the sun.
You may also want to consider upping your intake of omegas: "Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are an essential tool in the body's natural production of collagen," says Alex Roher, MD, board-certified anesthesiologist at San Diego Botox. If you consume them in the evening (say, after 6 PM), they're less likely to be broken down into fuel for other bodily functions by the time you go to bed, so your body can use them to repair your skin. Reap the benefits by making omega-3 rich foods like cold-water fish and avocados daily staples, suggests Roher.
An IPL photofacial is also worth considering, says Shainhouse. The light-based therapy helps fade spots by targeting and destroying brown skin pigment. You may need two sessions for optimal results, she says.
Pamper yourself at home with this DIY avocado face mask:
If you have poikiloderma.
If you have crepey skin, sun spots, and redness from broken capillaries, you may have poikiloderma, a condition that develops as result of chronic sun exposure, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. While there isn't a specific treatment available for the condition, there are various remedies that may help.
The fix: It's super-important to treat the neck as you would your face, says Zeichner. In the morning, prevent future damage by layering an antioxidant underneath your sunscreen. Try Roc Multi Correxion 5 In 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream ($18, amazon.com), which is specially formulated to help fight and repair signs of neck aging while helping protect against future sun damage. In the evening, apply a product that contains collagen-stimulating ingredients such as retinol, peptides, or growth factors. (One to try: Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, $82, sephora.com.)
As for in-office procedures, Fraxel skin laser treatments can be an effective option. "The laser fractionates its energy into tiny beams, creating microchannels of damage deep in the skin," says Shainhouse. "The body then rushes to repair these traumatized zones, filling them in with new, fresh collagen." The result? Improved texture and reduced discoloration. You'll need two or three treatments for optimal results, says Shainhouse.
If you have folds and wrinkles.
Many people have natural fold lines on the neck&mdashhowever, with aging, new wrinkles appear as a result of lost collagen and connective tissue that holds the area tight, says Tanya Kormeili, MD, board-certified dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. (And, let's be real, perpetually looking down at our mobile devices isn't doing us any favors in the neck wrinkles department.)
The fix: To keep future damage at bay, slather on sunscreen, maintain good posture, keep your smartphone at eye level, and use an anti-wrinkle treatment that contains palmitoyl oligopeptide, a blend of fatty acids that encourage collagen production. (One to try: DRMTLY Age Reversal Neck Cream. $52, amazon.com drmtly.com.)
Hyaluronic injectable fillers are another option, says Shainhouse. These can be injected directly into the horizontal neck lines to help them fill out. Bonus: "The fillers can last up to six months," she says. "They also encourage the body to make its own collagen so that the effects can last even longer."
If you have prominent vertical bands.
"As our neck muscles weaken they tend to bow out, creating up and down lines in our neck," says Neinstein.
The fix: Unfortunately, prominent vertical bands, or platysmal bands, are often genetic and can't be completely eliminated without a surgical neck lift, says Zuckerman. However, small amounts of Botox can be injected into the bands of the muscle to relax it. This softens their appearance and creates a better contour, Kormeili explains.
If you have loose skin&hellip
Sagging skin along the jaw, neck, and décolletage occur over time as collagen and elastin start to break down. And as it ages, the skin doesn't have the ability to bounce back like it used to, says Purvisha Patel, MD, board-certified dermatologist, and creator of Visha Skin Care.
The fix: After applying sunscreen, the neck should be moisturized to maximize collagen within the skin, says Neinstein, who recommends Revision Nectifirm ($73, amazon.com), a neck cream that contains plant extracts and antioxidants that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer neck. No matter the moisturizer you're using, apply it to the base of the neck up to the jawline, says Patel, which helps stimulate upward direction and prevents more pulling down.
There's also Ultherapy, a focused ultrasound treatment that stimulates the growth of new collagen deep within the skin, essentially acting as a non-surgical facelift. "It's the only non-surgical procedure that's gained FDA approval to lift the skin on the neck, chin, and brow," says Patel. "Just one treatment is required in most cases, and the skin gradually tightens."
It'll Keep Your Skin Flake-Free
Cold winter months can take a seriously unappealing toll on your skin in the form of awkward flakes and scales. An easy way to fight the flakes is by loading up on vitamin C. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who incorporate vitamin C-rich foods into their diet have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don't. Not to mention, vitamin C helps build skin-loving collagen. Next time you're in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, peel back an orange or brighten up your usual salad by tossing in strawberries, red peppers, and grapefruit.
11 ways to reduce premature skin aging
Many things cause our skin to age. Some things we cannot do anything about others we can influence.
One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. It plays a key role. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur. The medical term for this type of aging is “intrinsic aging.”
We can influence another type of aging that affects our skin. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. The medical term for this type of aging is “extrinsic aging.” By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin.
How to prevent premature skin aging
As people age, it’s natural to experience thinner, drier skin and an increase in wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, your environment and lifestyle choices can sometimes cause your skin to age prematurely. To prevent premature skin aging, board-certified dermatologists recommend following these simple tips.
11 ways to reduce premature skin aging
The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin. Other things that we do also can age our skin more quickly than it naturally would. To help their patients prevent premature skin aging, dermatologists offer their patients the following tips.
Protect your skin from the sun every day. Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with sun-protective clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection — and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing. For more effective protection, look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan. Every time you get a tan, you prematurely age your skin. This holds true if you get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed, or other indoor tanning equipment. All emit harmful UV rays that accelerate how quickly your skin ages.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
Avoid repetitive facial expressions. When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
Drink less alcohol. Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This can make us look older.
Exercise most days of the week. Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance.
Cleanse your skin gently. Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
Wash your face twice a day and after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
Apply a facial moisturizer every day. Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
Stop using skin care products that sting or burn. When your skin burns or stings, it means your skin is irritated. Irritating your skin can make it look older.
Note: Some anti-aging products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting. When using a prescription anti-aging product, this can be OK. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.
Never too late to benefit
Even people who already have signs of premature skin aging can benefit from making lifestyle changes. By protecting your skin from the sun, you give it a chance to repair some of the damage. Smokers who stop often notice that their skin looks healthier.
If signs of aging skin bother you, you may want to see a dermatologist. New treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin, and improving one’s complexion are giving many people younger-looking skin.
You’re never too young or old to see a dermatologist
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How to Reduce the Signs of Aging
This article was medically reviewed by Mohiba Tareen, MD. Mohiba Tareen is a board certified Dermatologist and the founder of Tareen Dermatology located in Roseville, Maplewood and Faribault, Minnesota. Dr. Tareen completed medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. While a dermatology resident at Columbia University in New York City, she won the Conrad Stritzler award of the New York Dermatologic Society and was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Tareen then completed a procedural fellowship which focused on dermatologic surgery, laser, and cosmetic dermatology.
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You know that you cannot stop yourself from aging or reverse the aging process, but that doesn't mean you have to look your age. Even though genes play a role in the aging process, there are things you can do to look more youthful. From lifestyle changes, to products and procedures, there are ways to appear younger that anyone can do.