Everyone ages with time, and that can’t be stopped. But it remains in our capacity to either ensure with a wrinkled face, or maintain a youthful look for long years.
One of the key things is your food intake, because there are some that could truly prevent or even reverse aging. Your body relies on their strong nutrients to fight off damage, keeping your skin fresh in the process.
While these nutrients help the cells replicate and have more energy, the combination of processed foods, stress, toxins and low-nutrient diets could turn you to a granny, even during your hay days.
So, let’s get through some ideas you can adopt to right now to maintain your skin.
- Drink plenty of water.
Your body reacts to dehydration, and affect the functionality of your body cells. It causes your skin to look dull, flaky, saggy and loose.
- Eat foods with antioxidants and organic ones
You need to know that antioxidant foods like apple, lemon and sweet potatoes are the best resources your body require to fight disease and aging. These foods reduce damage and inflammation, which are the perfect recipe for wrinkle formation.
On the other hand, organic foods to take note of include natural fruits and vegetables, grains such as rice, corn, sorghum, wheat, legumes such as beans and peas, nuts such as ground nuts and cashew nuts, seeds such as melon seeds (egusi) and ogbona, and dairy products such as milk and eggs.
- Stay away from the sun
The sun provides a minute amount of vitamin D, which are indeed helpful for the skin, but too much sun will damage your skin.
- Use natural skin products
This is important. A lot of skincare products you’ll find in the market contain harsh chemicals. It’s best that, before choosing moisturizers or makeup, you should research the ingredients in them the best you can to confirm that they’re safe.
- Prioritise vitamin C
You can’t run away from the need for vitamin C. It’s nutritional content helps to reduce wrinkles. When the skin is exposed to vitamin C for long periods of time, it can produce up to eight times more collagen, the body’s main protein structure.
- Eat less sugar
Sugar reduces your collagen and elastin. Similar to collagen, elastin is a protein that allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contractions. The poor state of these protein tissues cause wrinkles on your skin.
- Cleanse your body of toxins
Air, water and food, all add toxins to the body, thereby causing damage to the body as well as aging. You can detox by way of a juice cleanse, so your body could focus on energy production and eliminating toxins.
- Don’t pile-up stress
High levels of stress will do no good to your skin. Put in efforts to eliminate problematic people and activities from your life. It’s also helpful to speak to friends about your worries and troubles.
- Get good sleep.
Sleep re-awakens your skin, and does a natural repair. It’s not just about the number of hours, but the quality of sleep, be it 8 hours, or 4.
- Finally, exercise.
Physical activities increases the circulation of oxygen and nutrients and releases toxins through sweat. This leads helps you maintain a clearer, firmer skin.