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Jane's Blog Aging Skin Prevention

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Skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging.

Let’s face it; no one wants to see in the mirror fine lines, wrinkles or sagging skin! 

How quickly the skin ages is related to health problems, environmental factors, genetic makeup, nutrition, smoking, prescription medications, properly working digestive tract, stress, sleep, sun / tanning over exposure and other factors.  With aging, the outer skin layer thins, as changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. 

While topical creams and cosmetic products can help prevent aging of the skin from the outside, nutritional foods and supplements can repair and protect the skin from within.

According to Dr. Corey Hartman M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL, "Dry skin is characterized by fewer oil-producing glands on the face and body, whereas dehydrated skin is a lack of water, not oil. It’s important to distinguish between the two so the appropriate active ingredients can be selected to address it.”

Dr. Hadley King M.D., a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist says, “Dehydrated skin might not necessarily be flaky or rough, but rather, could be showing a loss of resiliency. If you pinch the skin, it will remain tented because of lack of hydration. This is in contrast to what we usually refer to as dry skin, which becomes dull, flaky, and rough.”

It also does not have to be one or the other, your skin can be both dehydrated and dry at the same time.

Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Alcohol, excessive coffee, and poor diet—foods and beverages high in sodium and sugars—all contribute to systemic dehydration.

Hot showers and baths encourage water to flow out of your skin and evaporate into the shower, therefore dehydrating the skin.

Harsh cleansing agents strip the skin of natural moisturizing factors and oils and allow micro-cuts or cracks in the top layer of skin to take place. 

While topical creams and cosmetic products can help prevent aging of the skin from the outside, nutritional foods and supplements can repair and protect the skin from within.

Collagen is an important building block for the skin because it gives the skin its strength and elasticity and is also responsible for the replacement of dead skin cells. Collagen production typically begins to decline after the age of 40. Studies have shown that taking a collagen supplement (5-10 mg) daily can significantly improve skin elasticity and skin moisture.

Hyaluronic acid is also an essential component of the skin. Primarily because of its ability to promote collagen production and retain hundreds of times its weight in water, keeping the skin plumped up and hydrated. Estrogen is a molecular signal for hyaluronic acid production, which is why sagging, and wrinkling come on somewhat abruptly after menopause.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur-containing natural compound without any toxicity. As a supplement it is most well-known for connective tissue repair including skin, ligaments, tendons, muscle and cartilage. Many people use MSM for arthritis, joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, musculoskeletal pain, torn rotator cuff, torn meniscus, scleroderma, scar tissue, stretch marks, hair loss, wrinkles, protection against sun/wind burn, and accelerated wound / burn healing. What many women don’t know is MSM is beneficial in the prevention and treatment of Breast Cancer. There are numerous medical studies validating the benefits and safety of MSM for patients with breast cancer, even those taking Tamoxifen.

Beta-carotene is a vitamin which converts into vitamin A in the body, which improves the growth and repair of body tissues, particularly the skin. It may also protect your skin against sun damage. In extremely high doses, however, pure vitamin A from supplements can be toxic. Beta-carotene is abundant in orange & red foods like apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, red & orange bell peppers, mangoes, pumpkin, and sweet potato.

Omega–3 fatty acids help moisturize you from the inside out. They also protect cell membranes allowing water and nutrients in but keeping toxins out. They reduce inflammation and offer the skin protection against sun damage. In a study of skin cancer, people who ate diets rich in fish oils and other omega-3 fats had a 29 percent lower risk of squamous cell skin cancer than those who didn’t. Good food sources include wild salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, flaxseed, walnuts, and soybeans.

Cucumbers are packed with silica, a mineral that improves your skin quality and appearance. Silica specifically helps to prevent wrinkles by activating more collagen production. Cucumbers are also packed with water and are incredibly alkaline to brighten your skin. Juicing them and blending them into a smoothie or green drink daily can give you amazing results within a few weeks. You can also slice cool cucumbers and place them on the skin and over the eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

Cocoa or dark chocolate (75%) is a great and enjoyable way to brighten your skin. Cocoa helps improve arterial flow, bringing nutrition to the skin and taking away toxins, which helps make your skin look much brighter and radiant. Cocoa also has a high antioxidant content that decreases free radical damage to protect against wrinkles. Who doesn’t like a good reason to enjoy a piece of chocolate as a daily treat?

Lemons are well-known for their cleansing effect. Lemon juice also improves the digestion by stimulating the release of enzymes and helps to detoxify the liver. The liver is your major detox organ and when it is overwhelmed the skin (another detox organ) suffers. Squeeze lemons into your water, onto salads and vegetables. Topically lemon juice helps to decrease dark spots on the skin.

The Ageless Secret spray ( Kasz Enterprises) is a unique all natural formula that I have used for over 20 years. I absolutely love it! The Ageless Secret is an energized water spray that works similarly to a homeopathic by signaling the skin cells to rejuvenate. Your body is approximately 70% water and when The Ageless Secret™ is sprayed on your face it has the power to energize the water within. The Ageless Secret contains: Purified water, MSM, Aloe and Trace Minerals, that have been energized and purified in a one-of-a- kind process. 

It helps skin energy repair more efficiently, increases hydration, improves the softness and elasticity of the skin, and reduces wrinkles caused by sun damage and the aging process. It is truly amazing! Just spray the face morning and night after washing and massage in well, particularly around the eyes and other wrinkle prone areas. Give it a few minutes to do its magic, then apply your daily moisturizer &/or makeup. (It is so safe you can even get Ageless Secret in the eyes and no harm done.) I have used Ageless Secret for over 30 years and I love it! (You can order from the Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242.)

Coconut / Olive Oil

Using a small amount of coconut & olive oil regularly can help the wrinkles to fade and also acts as a moisturizing agent. They also restore the elasticity of the skin as well. The oils must be massaged in and left on overnight.

Banana Mask

The Vitamin A present in the bananas can help in fading of the dark spots and ageing might also be prevented. Bananas also result in proper hydration of the skin cells as well. Mashed bananas can be applied on the skin for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

So there you have it, you don’t have to look like an old saddlebag. Sometimes Mother Nature just needs a little help!

To schedule an appointment (telephone or in-office) call the Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242.

Jane Jansen  Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center

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