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Erase some lines from your face.

          There are many factors that play an important role on how different people start experiencing this normal ageing process: genetic reasons,...

          There are many factors that play an important role on how different people start experiencing this normal ageing process: genetic reasons, health and food habits, cultural traditions, skin type, sun exposure and evironmental reasons amongst some others. And as many wrinkles can only be treated by surgery or other medical procedures, fine lines can be diminished and even prevented by having a healthier intake of good foods, nourishing your body.

          Although some women experience less wrinkles and fine lines than others, we all will at some stage of our life. Treatments like facial lifts, botox, laser lights, chemical peels, fillers, accupunture and many others are available in the market and used by thousands; their pros and cons can be discussed with a medical practicioner. Still if you opt for any of this procedures, a healthy diet will be a perfect combination to prolong their effect.


WHAT TO AVOID

 

× Sun exposure, especially without protection. We all need sun exposure in our life, as it increases the production of Vitamin D and mental wellbeing, but it has its downsides if done excessively and without protection. Besides burning and itching first, with time, sunburn leads to serious problems as dark spots, pigmentation and damage the elastin fibres of the skin causing sagging, stretching and wrinkles; what is worse, is that it can lead to skin cancer.

So, get the best of the sun by having sunscreen as a must of your beauty routine, wearing a fancy hat while out and what's best, avoid sun exposure at all in peak hours, between 11am and 5pm, when the UV levels are at their highest.

 

× Drinks with high levels of caffeine, sugar and alcohol, as your body will focus all its attention and nutrients in processing them, so your skin will definetly look overworked.

 

× Smoking. All those chemicals added to each cigarette, besides the tobacco itself, will top up your body with toxins that will certainly kill the good cells that are responsible to make you look younger. What is better, reduce the risk of heart disease, emphysema and lung cancer, fatigue levels, etc., etc. Seek help from your doctor to quit smoking and to start exercising, it helps a lot into the quitting process.

 

× Stress and anxiety. Sounds kind of difficult during our times, but a positive attitude and approach to life can actually delay the ageing process. Why? Stress response is a natural mechanism of our body that help us cope with danger, but it releases chemicals into our blood stream that become toxins and those can be very harmful to our body in the long run. Be smart and get in control of situations that cause stress you, everything can be negotiated but your health.

 

× Overweight. Many diseases are intimately associated with overweight problems rather than age, and those diseases can be prevented with a healthy food intake that will also show in your skin.

 

× Eating while you are busy, in a hurry and with bad posture. Being mindful while you eat ⇒ you will chew your food properly ⇒ facilitate digestive process and avoid reabsorption of toxins in the intestines ⇒ improve your immune system ⇒ feel more energetic ⇒ will prevent over eating. Nice virtuous circle, right?

 

 

INCREASE INTAKE OF:

 

Tomatoes. If you are serious about fighting wrinkles and fine lines, you should always include tomatoes to your diet; they contain several properties to fight wrinkles, and their best qualities come from the contained lycopene that includes some protection against sunburn. Tomatoes contain beta-cartotene, that actually helps to the absorption of the lycopene, and they also have high concentrations of Vitamin C.

 

Carrots. they are full of beta-carotene, the number one fighter against free radical chemicals from high sun exposure.

 

Eggs. Perfect source of amino acids that put wrinkles at arm-length: glycine, proline and lycine; these amino acids are in charge of the production of collagen and elastin, that's why lots of DIY facial masks include eggs as main ingredient.

 

Avocados. Amogst an endless list of benefits, this green miracle is loaded with Vitamin E and B-complex to nourish skin and is recommended not only as an anti-wrinkle weapon, but also for dry, oily, and acne troubled skin. Is full of good fats that diminish the effects of bad fats, while making the cells stronger due to all its nutrients.

 

Salmon, as its full of Omega-3 to moisturize the skin and protect from UV damage.

 

Wheat germ. Make sure you include this little treasure in your daily diet: it is very high in zinc and selenium, two of the most important anti-wrinkle minerals; Vitamin B6, to prevent the absorption of the zinc in the intestines (balances itself); one of the top listed source of Vitamin E; high doses of protein and Coenzyme Q-10. Add wheat germ to milkshakes, salads, cereal, bread, pancakes and store it in a well-sealed container in a dry place away from sunlight, as it might go rancid quickly due to its unsaturated fat content.

 

Blueberries. They are armed with anthocyanins, neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue and maintain a healthy collagen matrix. They are high in Vitamin C content and the wild version has big amounts of Vitamin E.

 

Greens like spinach, asparagus, celery and broccoli. These green friends have high concentrations of beta-carotene, Vitamin C & E, plus coenzyme Q10, all anti-wrinkle nutrients.

 

Citrus family: Oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, mandarines, grapefruit and pomelo have high concentration of Vitamin C and are a must in everyone's diet. Among other properties, Vitamin C is one of the best promoters of collagen production.

Apples & Onions. The only similarity between these two is their invaluable nutrients: they a great source of Vitamin C and quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.

 

Sweet potatoes. They promote the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep skin smooth and supple. Also, their unique root proteins are believed to be a powerful antioxidant.

 

Green tea. Towering amounts of catechins, a powerful antioxidant. Choose loose leaf tea instead of tea bags for even more powerful effects.

 

Fish Roe. Fish eggs contain much more Omega-3 than the fattiest of fish, so caviar is not just fancy but super nourishing.

 

Why excersice can help you fight wrinkles and fine lines? As we excersice, blood circulation increases and more oxygen is brought into our cells, making them stronger and healthy. As well, fresh air and stress relief go hand in hand with excersice, making you feel happier and motivated.



 

 

CITRUS MASK

For a boost of Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C is clinically proven to prevent fine lines and wrinkles; egg yolk will firm your skin beacuse of its amino acids; honey will help cleansing the dead skin cells... it's a powerful combination!

Ingredients:

1 egg yolk.

1 tsp of honey.

1/8 cup of citrus juice (most commonly lemon, lime or orange).

1 packet of plain gelatine.

 

Combine ingredients in a small bow and apply the jelly mix to your face and neck.

Leave for 25-30 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water, it's better not to peel it.

Moisturise according to your skin type.

 



 

EASY ANTI-WRINKLE RECIPES

 

Tangy Tomato Soup with Basil

2 servings

 

 

Ingredients

  3 large garlic cloves
3 oz shallots, peeled sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of freshly ground red pepper
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Directions

Peel and crush garlic and set aside. Leaving crushed or minced garlic for at least 5-10 minutes after crushing helps maximize its health-protective effects.
While health-promoting compounds are forming in crushed garlic, combine shallots, tomatoes, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Add tomato mixture, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and stir in basil. Serve hot.



Green Tea Mango Blast

2 servings

 

 

Ingredients

  2 cups mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup green tea made from loose leaves
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup crushed ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Garnish as desired, and serve witheco-strawsmade of stainless steel, bamboo, or tough borosilicate glass.

 

Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

 

 

Ingredients

  2 large cucumbers, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup red onion, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp white sugar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh basil or mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl with a lid, combine all ingredients. Cover, and shake to mix.
Season with salt and pepper.

Source for the recipes: www.healwithfood.org

 


Learn on other skin conditions by clicking the link of these related write-ups:

ACNE-PRONE SKIN

DRY SKIN

REDNESS & SENSITIVITY

DULL SKIN

Basics of your skin

Basic Skin type test

 



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