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If you are looking for smoother, younger skin, you can use traditional recipes and DIY tricks, and more power to you (literally) if they work, but just in case they don’t, you may want to consider more scientific methods.
Cut Down on Sun Exposure
Intense sun exposure leads to sunburned skin and sunburned skin is more prone to damage and aging than skin which has been properly protected. Avoid going out between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is most vicious, and wear wide-brimmed hats and protective clothing, especially in the summer to keep harmful rays from delicate skin. Also, don’t think twice before applying sunscreen.
Cut Out Yo-Yo Dieting
Constantly cycling through periods of weight loss and weight gain can cause skin to lose elasticity. As you age, the sheer force of gravity will make this skin likely to sag and wrinkle. However, remaining overweight is not the optimum solution either. Excess fat can accumulate around your neck, cheeks and chin, also causing skin to look older. Maintain your healthiest weight to keep skin firm and young.
Coconut oil prevents damaging free radicals from forming and also protects skin from developing blemishes such as liver spots caused by aging and exposure to the sun. Coconut oil aids in repairing and healing by removing dead skin cells and penetrating into the deep layers of skin to strengthen underlying tissue. Skin will appear smoother and healthier with a more balanced texture in a matter of days.
Facial Muscle Relaxation
Unfortunately, the old wives tale about making a face and having it stay that way holds some water. Frowning and smiling broadly over time will result in the appearance of lines where the muscles contract. Try to focus on tense muscles and make a conscious attempt to relax them. Also, sleeping on your face can lead to pressure and pulling on your skin. Dr. Mercola, MD, suggests varying sleeping positions or sleeping on your back, to avoid permanent skin creases.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a key dietary component for healthy skin and are severely lacking in most diets. Omega-3 fats keep cells from dehydration and lessen the appearance of fine lines. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that make for a smooth, clear complexion. Deficiency of these fats can cause skin problems including thick skin patches, cracked heels, and eczema. Dr. Mercola advises taking fish liver oil regularly for a mercury free way of making sure you get your Omega-3 recommended allowance and keeping your skin looking radiant.
Avoid Smoking and Get Antioxidants
Cigarette smoke exposes skin to damaging free radicals that damage the micro-capillaries in skin, limiting its capacity for absorption of nutrients, hastening aging and wrinkling. Antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables, and also in your favorite anti-aging skin care products, can fight damage caused by free radicals and promote healthy skin, while providing micronutrients to limit sun damage and support the skin’s repair process for lovely, radiant skin.
Ok, so rose petals and at-home mixes sound a lot cooler than antioxidants, but you’ll probably just end up with not much difference in your complexion. Let us know if any of these tips worked. We love to hear from you!