Nutrition – The secrets to youthful skin

Posted on 17 July 2015

… a regular nutrition series for vegans by Anastacia Sampson

Our skin is our most clear indicator of our age. Sometimes our skin indicates that we are so much older, and then we try shield ourselves behind magical anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle creams. Then there make-up and lastly cosmetic surgery.

Applying beauty cream - photo courtesy of Ambro at Stock.XchngBefore we spend so much money on trying to regain our lost youthful skin, there really are some useful lifestyle tools to implement, to save us a lot of money in the fight against progressed ageing. The following are some key factors to keep our skin supple and youthful:

• Coffee addicts need to break their addiction! Coffee has a drying out effect. A number of people I know have dry and aged skin, and they are all coffee drinkers. Generally the older one becomes, the more noticeable our past and current lifestyle habits appear through our skin. Coffee is great to perk us up yet it may act as a dehydrating agent for our skin.

• That perfect tan is not worth the cost in later years! Anyone with a lifestyle of sun exposure will have more aged skin. Definitely more skin spots and wrinkles will develop with passing years. Avoid too much sun exposure, expose your skin to moderate low intense sun rays. The best time to be out in sunlight is early morning and late afternoon.

• The convenience of processed foods is one of the best anti-skin enhancers! Reduce processed food intake, including refined sugars and oils to a minimum. Refined oils and sugars are known to cause greasy skin, with more outbreaks of acne.

• Ageing is natural, it is the speed of ageing that can be slowed down! The main cause of ageing is stress, free radicals and toxins. These three factors act in similar ways to reduce optimal cellular function, detoxification and rejuvenation.

• Take charge and responsibility! Avoid exposure to free radicals, this includes cigarette smoking and second hand cigarette smoking. Air pollution from vehicle fumes and toxic vapours from sprays and paints are definitely worth keeping away from.

• Instead of alcohol, cool drinks and other beverages, choose simple water! Drink ample water; it should be clean and not chlorinated and polluted with recycled oestrogens and other chemical agents. Fortunately many high quality water purifiers are on the market and can be easily operated.

• What you eat becomes your skin! In other words all our cells are made from the food we eat. Technically our skin is the layer of dead cells constantly being shed away and replaced with new underlining cells. There is a great turnover of skin cells. So we can truly feed our skin healthy foods for a clearer and less greasy appearance. A diet composed of wholefoods is almost guaranteed to uplift your vitality and healthy skin.

• Too much of a good thing is a bad thing! Remember that saying. Beta-carotene is found in various vegetables and fruits, especially pumpkin, butternut and orange carrots. Now this beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A is superb for healthy skin and recommended to help clear up acne, along with zinc. A diet too high in beta-carotene will cause a yellow discolouration to your skin tone. This will be especially evident on the palms of your hands, soles of your feet and face. This is not harmful but certainly not ideal for aesthetic appearances. The plus side is that beta-carotene is a superb anti-oxidant, thereby protecting you against free radical damage.

• Be mindful that an expensive cream is not always as great as a simple natural facial cleanse! There are so many marketed facial creams, and the easy fix up promise is so tempting. Lemon juice is packed with antioxidants and is great for whitening our skin. Lime juice has even been recommended as a deodorant. Facial creams and masks should be as naturally composed as possible. Before we apply anything to our skin, we should always read the ingredients.

Anything rich in antioxidants and vitamin E may do wonders for our skin. Avocado pear paste is a great mask for tightening up your skin. Even used teabags rubbed onto your skin is a great facial cleanse. Oatmeal is also great as a mask. There are many beauty remedies just sitting in your kitchen.

Love yourself enough to take preventative steps early rather than later. It is so simple to make healthy choices, it is sometimes only that we just need more education and knowledge to do it.

Take care, Anastacia

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