Look Ten Years Younger
How many times do you look in the mirror and ask yourself, “How can I look younger?” What you’re really asking is how to make your skin function in a healthier manner. Though there are numerous things that can support the function of the skin, we will look at three: lowering dietary sugar, consuming antioxidants, and applying topical antioxidants directly to your skin.
The journey toward younger looking skin begins with decreasing your consumption of sugar and foods that quickly convert into sugar such as bread, rice, and potatoes. They cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, which provokes an inflammatory response in the body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen, resulting in wrinkles. Oh, no! Sugar can also attach itself to collagen, making collagen stiff and brittle. Imagine how that might diminish the elastic quality of your skin tissue.
You’ll also want to increase your consumption of antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and beta-carotene to combat cellular damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable waste products manufactured by our own metabolism and exposure to environmental pollutants. They squelch cellular function and replication, which equates to aging. Yikes! Antioxidants keep free radicals from attaching to healthy cells throughout the body, including the skin.
In addition, apply antioxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin A (retinol) directly to the skin. Vitamin C will fight free radical damage, while supporting the production of new collagen fiber. Vitamin A, while fighting free radical damage, will actually repair damage to DNA, allowing your cells to create healthy new, young ones. Good news!
Marie Allen is the Anti-Aging Director with Harley Anti-Aging Institute in metro Atlanta and has been a licensed esthetician for 29 years.