4 Keys to Preventing Premature Aging of Your Skin

Everyone ages but no one wants to look older than they are. Most people want to look younger than they are!

There are certain factors that play into how quickly you appear to age. Those factors include diet and lifestyle.

If you eat mostly junk food, drink alcohol daily, and avoid fruits and vegetables you are pretty much guaranteed to look older than you are.

The lifestyle practices that will add wrinkles, sagging & sallowness?

  • Smoking
  • No exercise
  • Toxic skincare products and makeup
  • Staying out in the sun without sun protection
  • Lack of sleep

So, to ensure your skin doesn’t age before your time making you look old and haggard, you need to follow these 4 key steps.

  1. Stay Hydrated – our skin is 64% water. We excrete water through our breath, sweat, urine, and digestion.
    You can stay hydrated with the foods and drinks you consume.
    Avoid sugary drinks.
    Water works the best.
    Soaking a teaspoon of chia seeds in your water bottle for at least a half an hour helps to hydrate you even deeper. The chia seeds swell up to a gel like consistency- almost like having boba in your water.
    Choose high water content foods like celery, melon, berries, oranges and lettuce.

  1. Avoid foods high in A.G.E.s – Advanced Glycation End Products (A.G.E.s) are proteins or lipids that become glycated as a result of exposure to sugars.
    What the heck does that mean?
    They are a factor in aging and the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases like diabetes, chronic Kidney disease and alzheimers and they break down collagen.
    Certain foods tend to be higher in A.G.E.s including meat, cheeses, fried eggs, butter, mayo, oils, and certain nuts; what I call the brown foods.

  1. Lack of Sleep – we breathe more deeply when we sleep, oxygenating our bodies and our skin.
    We tend to make poor food choices when we are tired and over caffeinate which leads to dehydration and drying out our skin.
    Sleep refreshes and renews your whole body, including your skin.
    Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

  1. Eating Lost of Fruits and Vegetables – As my health coach from the Beauty Nutrition Academy says, “Fruit makes you cute.”
    You want to eat foods high in antioxidants.
    Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body and found in foods. They help defend your cells from damage caused by harmful molecules known as free radicals.
    Free radicals cause oxidation, almost like rusting in your body, and can damage your DNA.

Some foods to eat that are high in antioxidants include:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Artichokes
  • Goji Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Kale
  • Red Cabbage
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Spinach

The good news is that these foods are delicious and with summer upon us you can enjoy all the delicious, in season, fruits and veggies.

If you get them at your local farmer’s market, even better!

You are supporting your local businesses and getting the produce as fresh as possible.

We all have to age but we can age well, with vitality and grace and look beautiful while we do it!

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