By Ian Tham
There are lots of things you can do to prevent aging.
Don't smoke. Smoking causes the skin to age.
Try to reduce the level of stress in your life. Stress causing aging in your skin too.
Drink plenty of water.
Exercise and eat a proper diet and have plenty of rest too.
These food are said to prevent aging like olive oil, cantaloupe, vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts,tomatoes, garlic, chives, shallots, onions and soy products, fruits like mangoes, apricots, blueberries, citrus fruit (such as limes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi), guava, apples, strawberries, grapes, cherries, grains like oat bran, herbs like green tea and finally fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel sardines and trout.
Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to your health. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to skin cells keeping them moist and strong. They lower the risk of heart disease and at the same time boost your immune system.
Avoid eating too much sugar. Sugar is an oxidant and has the opposite effect of antioxidants. Excess sugar in the bloodstream causes the sugar to attach itself to collagen in a process known as glycation which makes the skin lose its elasticity. Wrinkles also begin to appear.
Now we go to the specifics.
You need to apply sunblock lotion. The uv rays in sunlight damages your skin. Most people have the misconception of applying sunblock only on the beaches and sun tanning. You also need to look at the SP Factor. The higher the better as it blocks out more uv light. Fairer skin needs better protection than darker skin.
Antioxidants play a role in protecting skin cells from damage by free radicals. Free radicals damage the skin cells and causes the skin to wrinkle and lose elasticity. Vitamins A , C, and E are antioxidants. Antioxidant minerals include selenium, zinc, copper and iron.Other anti-oxidants are carotenoids beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein and enzymes like coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid . Research has shown a combination of two antioxidants is more effective.
Retinoids and Alpha hydroxy acids help to remove the top layer of cells and stimulate collagen production to smoothen the skin. Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A while Alpha hydroxy acids are acids derived from fruit, milk or sugar.
Anti-aging moisturizers are crucial in the battle against aging. There are two types of moisturizers. Day time cream acts as a natural protective film to prevent moisture loss and also protects against bacteria and pollutants and lastly gives your skin a fresher look. Night creams are designed to be absorbed into the skin providing nourishment.
These are some of the ingredients you should look out for: petrolatum, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and cyclomethicone.