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Nature’s Anti Wrinkle Treatments

November 08
09:28 2017

While we will never avoid aging, we can do it gradually and gracefully. Wrinkles are caused by several things. There are the obvious ones, like sun damage and smoking, but things such as your diet and how much fat you eat, also play a huge role. Contrary to what we have been programmed to believe, your body actually needs fat, including saturated and monounsaturated fats. Our obsession with “low-fat” everything is actually doing more harm than good, but that is a column for another day. For now, just know that your body needs fat to properly absorb vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K, which play a role in healthy skin and hair, among other things.

Trans-fats are, and always will be, a ‘no-no.’ But eating things like grass-fed meat and dairy products, including butter and whole yogurt, wild caught salmon, eggs, coconut and olive oil, along with plenty of green and yellow vegetables, which are high in antioxidants and beta carotene, can improve skin tone, quality and elasticity. A 2010 Japanese study shows that women with higher intakes of both saturated and monounsaturated fats have significantly better skin elasticity than those who eat less fat. Eating more green and yellow vegetables also decreases the number and severity of facial wrinkles and crow’s-feet, according to the study.

Another great anti-aging remedy is red ginseng. There are many types of ginseng, but red ginseng specifically (a type of panax ginseng), is known for its antioxidant, anti-aging and immune boosting properties. A 2016 double-blind study published in the Journal of Ginseng Research, showed that women over 40 who took enzyme-treated red ginseng for 24 weeks, showed significant improvement in facial and eye wrinkles, as well as skin roughness, elasticity, and moisture content. Researchers even suggest it can be very useful in skin care products.

Further, you can drink aloe vera gel. Apart from having more than 200 known healing phytonutrients, as an anti-aging supplement, you can’t go wrong. Even a low dose of 1,200 milligrams per day (about a quarter teaspoon), can significantly reduce wrinkles and improve collagen production, according to a 2009 Annals of Dermatology study.

And when it comes to age spots, researchers suggest pycnogenol (pine bark extract), which is shown to significantly improve skin hydration and elasticity by increasing the activity of an enzyme involved in making hyaluronic acid. The 2012 study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging further showed that taking 40 milligrams a day is linked to increased collagen production and a reduction in age spots.

There are a number of other natural skin-care remedies for aging, and what works for one person, may not always work for another. The trick is to find what works best for your particular skin type. And that can change over time, but a good rule of thumb is simply to ask yourself, “Would I eat this?” If the answer is no, think twice about putting it on your skin since your skin is porous and will ultimately absorb whatever it comes in contact with.

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