Author: Christin Sander, Health Writer
As we age, our skin naturally thins and becomes drier. A nutrient dense diet, proper hydration and natural, gentle skin care products will ensure your skin looks its best throughout life.
Hydration: Thirst sensors don't function as well as we age, making it difficult to know when we are truly well-hydrated. It's important to have enough water in the body for all the vital systems to work properly. Once all the body's essential needs are met, leftover water goes to the skin cells, plumping and smoothing them naturally and helping with skin cell regeneration.
Coffee, tea and soft drinks dehydrate the body and cause premature aging. Those who drink coffee and tea should also increase their water intake to compensate. Nothing is better for the skin than a daily supply of pure water.
Proper Nutrition: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the perfect way to get the antioxidants, phytonutrietns, vitamins, minerals and amino acids the body and skin need to be their best. Sugar is one of the worst dietary enemies to the skin and is a common reason for premature aging. Sugar and other toxins like processed foods, meats and dairy should be restricted or eliminated. Many of the chemicals in processed foods stress the body, causing chronic inflammation. This stress shows on the skin, making people look much older than their real age.
Natural Moisturizers: Avoid chemical laden beauty products, harsh soaps and cleansers that strip the skin of natural oils. These products are hard on the skin, further drying it out and exacerbating lines and wrinkles. Opt for naturally made, gentle cleansers and beauty products, or create your own scrubs and moisturizers from natural ingredients like coconut oil. Harsh chemicals in many commercial products are toxic when absorbed by the body. This stresses the skin in much the same way consumption of highly processed junk foods does, by making the body's detox systems work even harder.
Look for skin care products with natural ingredients like lycopene, seaweed extract and wheat proteins that provide essential nutrients directly to the skin, giving it what it needs to be healthy.
Avoid Overexposure: Overexposure to sun and wind can wreak havoc on the skin. Protect yourself by covering up or using a natural sun screen product that prevents damage from the full spectrum of UV rays. Years of chronic sun exposure increase the risk of skin cancer. Know the symptoms and how to distinguish regular moles and age spots from potentially cancerous lesions. Early intervention is key to survival.
Don't Smoke: Add premature aging of the skin to the myriad of reasons not to smoke. The act of smoking leaves deep lines and wrinkles on the face, particularly around the mouth. It also stains the skin on your hands. The carcinogens in tobacco tax the body's systems and stress from that also accelerates aging, drying and wrinkling of the skin.
Homeopathic Remedies: There are homeopathic remedies that work very well for treating dry, itchy skin and supporting proper cell hydration. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, gentle and very effective. Nat mur (6C) helps maintain water balance in the body and is an essential component of all living cells. It helps support skin hydration and maintain good skin health. Kali mur (6C) supports waste elimination, blood and lymph cleansing that helps soothe skin and improve its appearance. Kali sulph (6C) supports oxygenation throughout the body and helps maintain cell membrane health.