What we eat, drink, think and do, also play a vital part in the anti-aging process. Here are some healthy lifestyle habits that help keep those wrinkles at bay:
Eat Your Plant Foods: A healthy balanced diet packed full of antioxidant-rich foods helps fight against those nasty free radicals, caused by stress, pollution and other external substances. The more free radicals we have, the faster our skin ages and the faster we look older. The best antioxidants are found in coloured fruit and vegetables. The brighter and deeper the colour, the higher the antioxidants!
Sleep Well: We all know how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep. It’s during this precious time that our body gets to recharge and renew effectively. It’s also the time when the healing process takes place, including increased synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid, which helps improve cell hydration and skin repair. Prioritising your sleep, and aiming for eight hours a night is a vital step in slowing the ageing process.
Keep The Temperature Down: As skin ages it often becomes increasingly dry so avoid very hot showers or baths as they will strip skin further of its natural protective oils. When skin is dry or dehydrated, wrinkles and flaws look more exaggerated.
Essential Fatty Acids: If you think healthy skin and oil don’t mix, think again! The right oils, specifically EFAs (essential fatty acids) help to keep skin cells moist and strong by reducing the amount of water lost through the epidermis (top layer of the skin). They also help flush out toxins. As you age, your body’s natural ability to retain moisture within cells diminishes, so incorporating EFAs (such as salmon, sardines, nuts and dark leafy vegetables) into your diet will help add that all important hydration for your skin.
Exercise: Like a breath of fresh air, regular moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk, helps restore and revitalise the mind, body and spirit; it’s also a great way to de-stress and unwind. Exercising increases blood flow, which promotes healthy circulation, helping to carry away waste products such as free radicals. Think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside!
It’s not just your legs which should be working hard either. It’s also believed that exercising facial muscles can help tone our skin as we age. There are approximately 50 muscles in your face, and exercising them can help lift and tone, resulting in firmer, less ‘saggy’ skin.
What we put on our skin also makes the difference. We have an excellent collection of certified natural skincare products that have been specifically designed to support the ageing process. For more details, visit our Living Nature website: http://www.livingnature.com/collections/dry-mature-skin