By: Marlene Affeld ~
Exposure to the sun causes the greatest damage to the skin. Cold temperatures, wind and pollution from environmental toxins also impact skin health. A loss of elastin and collagen causes the skin to loosen and loose resilience, tension and fullness. Skin appears dull and dry. As a result of this loss of collagen and elastin, skin forms small rough ridges and folds. The crease formed by the fold becomes a wrinkle or line. Smoking, alcohol and poor skin cleansing and care accelerate the process.
The most visible wrinkles in the skin are those known as static wrinkles or lines, creases or folds in the facial skin that are visible when the face is at rest and not moving. Static wrinkles are encouraged by age, stress, smoking, and dramatic facial expressions. Your mother is right, if you frown all the time, you will develop a permanent scowl.
The FDA strongly advises everyone to use sunscreen and protective clothing to shield skin from harmful rays of the sun and to help prevent sunburn and skin cancer. Collagen and elastin, the two substances that provide skin fullness, are not evenly distributed amongst all women. However, each one of us can take action to protect and nurture our skin to allow it to look its brightest and best. If we protect our skin with sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, avoid excess consumption of alcohol and stop smoking, our faces will be less creased and wrinkled than those who unconditionally expose themselves to the sun and continue harmful habits that cause pre-mature aging.
- Chronic dry skin is more prone to wrinkling compared to other skin types. A highly effective natural moisturizer that helps to keep wrinkles away is grape seed oil. Grape seed oil is easily absorbed and has an invigorating tonic and antioxidant role.
- Take your vitamins. Vitamin C is crucial to maintaining youthful, healthy skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that prevents free-radical damage; a primary cause of dryness, wrinkles and fine lines. Because Vitamin C produces new collagen, the protein that make skin firm and plump, taking adequate amount of the essential nutrient can help reverse the signs of skin damage. It is important to apply Vitamin C to the skin topically. Choose a face cream rich in Vitamin C. Applied topically it is up to 20-times more effective than when taken orally.
- Vitamin E is a healing natural oil that is good for the skin. It nourishes the skin as it strengthens the cell walls. Regularly taking Vitamin E supplements is one of the best ways to avoid wrinkles. Vitamin E makes the skin healthy and keeps it retain its youthful glow.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to keep skin moist and plump. When the body is dehydrated, skin appears parched and wrinkled.
- Crushed fruit is one of the most available and easiest home treatments for dehydrated, wrinkled skin. The best results can be obtained with melons, bananas and apricots. Fresh fruit can be ground in a food processor to create a paste that is applied as a mask, or you can simply rub your face with a piece of melon or a apricot. Follow with a rinse of cool water and pat dry.
- High in Vitamin C, carrots are especially beneficial to tired, dull skin. Grate or grind a fresh carrot and apply the mixture directly on the face. Allow the carrot paste to remain on the skin for 20-minutes and then rinse with cool water. Many celebrities endorse washing your face with carrot juice every morning and evening.