Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How To Make Skin Look Younger

How To Make Skin Look Younger
By []Marlene Rodriguez

Life is very paradoxical or is it just people that are paradoxical? Whichever the case may be, the paradox which I am referring to is that when we are young we all want to be older; we try to look and act above and beyond our age. As soon as we reach a certain stage of chronological maturity, we want to be young again; we want to feel young and, most importantly, we want to look young.

You who are striving to camouflage the grey in your hair with dyes and tints are most likely also trying to reverse the aging process of your skin. And who can blame you? Everyone wants beautiful young looking skin, why should you be any different? Unfortunately, it is not easy because you will have to battle against very powerful forces; biological, pathological and environment.

- The pathological force is the easiest to deal with because it merely requires that you bring your entire body to a state of physical and emotional health by committing to a lifestyle that promotes good health.

- The biological force is somewhat more difficult to conquer. There are evasive procedures such as surgery, various dermal peels and a variety of injections. All these procedure are very costly and have possible dangerous side effects. There are also countless cosmetic products in the market today but you have to do much research and trialing to arrive at the one that works as well as it promises and your skin tolerates it.

- The environmental force is unchangeable, at least in our lifetime. You cannot change the climate pattern that plays havoc on your tender skin, you cannot avoid the free radicals and you cannot deflect the ultraviolet ray. What you can do is try to protect your skin as best as you can with specific intake of nutrients and sunscreens.

So, what can you do to make your skin look younger? I suggest that you, first and foremost, look for natural and organic product. But beyond that ...

- Clinical tests have discovered that creams that contain Coenzyme Q10, Cynergy TK and Phytessence Wakame which are easily absorbed into the skin, stimulate your body to produce the collagen and elastin aging has depleted from your skin. Why? Because these two proteins, collagen and elastin, give skin the elasticity and firmness that you desire.

- Get more sleep, even an extra hour each night will do the trick but you should have at least 7 hours. Sleep deprivation gives you dark circles around the eyes and dulls your skin.

- Hide some imperfections of your skin with liquid foundation makeup but do not forget to moisturize first.

- Your neck will show more aging than your face. Do not forget to daily protect it with a broad spectrum SPF 30 and a good moisturizer.

- Be sure that 25% of your daily intake of calories comes from good fats such as olive oil, avocados, flaxseeds, canola oil, fish and nuts.

- Eat five or six servings of vegetables a day plus two or three whole fruits.

- Get 10 to 20 minutes of sunshine every day but don't forget to apply sunscreen to your face and hands.

- Quit smoking and stay away from second hand smoke.

- Reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine as well as refined, processed and greasy foods.

- Eliminate stress and negativity and get daily exercise.

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