6 WAYS TO SLOW THE SIGNS OF AGING SKIN
How It Works
Age isn’t just a number. Many factors can speed up or slow down the signs of skin aging—and these go beyond the number of candles on your birthday cake. Extrinsic (external) factors, including pollution, pesticides, sugar, and stress, all contribute to sun spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. They also damage dermal collagen, a protein that keeps skin smooth and supple. When collagen breaks down, nutrients and oxygen can’t repair the skin or eliminate toxins.
Ready for the silver lining? Simple shifts in diet and lifestyle can transform the way you look and feel. Fighting inflammation, limiting toxic exposure, eating nutrient-dense foods, and engaging in deep breathing can do wonders for your skin and your health.
1. LIMIT TOXIC EXPOSURE. Keep free radicals at bay by reducing your exposure to toxins. A few ways to start? Avoid smoking and minimize alcohol consumption. Decrease pesticides on your plate by opting for organic, fresh, and plant-powered foods. Purchase an air-purifying plant and choose skincare products that contain all-natural ingredients.
2. REDUCE INFLAMMATION. Enjoy a wide range of colorful, anti-inflammatory, such as dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, citrus fruits, and nuts and seeds. Fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut and kimchi repair the gut, which assists in skin healing. If you’re looking for a satisfying sip, turmeric lattes, green juices, vegetable broth, and warm lemon water are tasty beverages that calm an overactive immune system.
3. (UN)REFINE YOUR DIET. In addition to filling your plate with vibrant, healthy whole foods and beverages, reduce or eliminate refined sugar and carbohydrates, caffeine, and trans fats. These foods are not only damaging to your health, they contribute to glycation. If you struggle to cut these foods out of your diet, look for satiating swaps. Trade sweets for fresh and dried fruit, refined grains for whole grains, coffee for green and herbal teas, and trans fats for unrefined olive and coconut oils.
4. COOK LOW & SLOW. High-heat cooking and charring can also cause glycation—and release carcinogens. To avoid these dangerous toxins, eat more raw foods. Lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, and cauliflower are just a few that can be transformed into delicious, enzyme-rich salads, snacks, smoothies, and chilled soups. When cooking, gently heat foods at low temperatures. Ideal methods are sautéing, steaming, simmering, and baking below 250°F.
5. CULTIVATE MINDFULNESS. Yoga and meditation are excellent gateways to invite more peace and calm into your life. If you’re a beginner, find a yoga studio near you or search for tutorials on YouTube. If you’re on the go 24-7, deep breathing is one of the easiest and most effective practices you can harness at any time, any place. Simply focus on taking deep inhalations and exhalations for 1 to 3 minutes. Increase the duration when time allows.
6. BREAK A SWEAT. Cardiovascular activities like biking, running, and skiing increase your heart rate and trigger your sweat glands to produce sweat. Sweat regulates your internal temperature, carries toxins out of the body, and promotes a clear, clean complexion. The key is to find cardio activities that you love. Once you do, aim for 30 minutes of your favorite exercise three times per week to radiate from the inside out.
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