Who’s your enemy — Mother Nature or Father Time? Most days it’s a tossup to see who can wreak the most havoc on your skin. Although everyone wants to keep their youthful appearance for as long as possible, there’s no such thing as the Fountain of Youth; however, you can give yourself the best chance you possibly can at anti-aging with a few simple tricks you’ll be able to do right at home.
Sure, wrinkles show our character as we age, but we don’t want those wrinkles to completely take over. There are advertisements galore touting the virtues of wrinkle-reducing potions you can buy at your local pharmacy or department store. But, why not try a few natural fixes first. Natural wrinkle fighters work best when you use them throughout your lifetime and not just when the wrinkles show up. However, it is never too late to start pampering your skin. Let’s take a look at a few of Mother Nature’s wrinkle-reducing solutions:
Cucumbers are not just a tasty addition to your salad. No, they can be used to help sooth your skin, too. Puffiness under the eyes is due to retained fluid in the tissues. Whether you suffer from allergies or you’ve had a good cry, those bags are not going away very fast. Slice a fresh cool cucumber, lay back, and place the slices over your eyes, and relax. Your puffy eyes will shrink back to normal in no time.
Avocados are not only delicious but are loaded with wrinkle-fighting oils. Mash an avocado and apply to your face. Then relax and enjoy the soothing and softening effects. Of course, you’ll want to buy two avocados. The nutritional benefits of avocados should also be enjoyed from the inside-out. That’s right; avocados improve your skin when you eat them, too.
The body is mostly made up of water. When your body doesn’t have enough water, your skin will let you know. How? Almost immediately your skin will feel tight. Over time your skin will begin to lose elasticity. Lack of moisture leaves skin feeling dry and less ‘plump.’ That’s when you will start to notice fine lines and wrinkles.
Fully hydrating your body from the inside-out makes sense. When your skin and supporting tissues have enough moisture, you start off with a better base for all those lotions and creams. If you slather on the moisturizer, but your body is dehydrated, you are fighting a losing game. With your body fully hydrated, your skin will look fresher, more resilient, and more radiant. You’ll see as time goes by that wrinkles are less noticeable and your skin feels like it has more spring to it.
How much sleep do you get? The body’s cells use the hours of sleep as a time when they can shut down all unnecessary systems and get to the business of repair. Lack of sleep robs the body of this ‘down time’ needed for repair. Not only does lack of sleep add to stress levels and fatigue, but it also contributes to looking and feeling older.
The amount of sleep you need depends on your age and other factors, such as health and lifestyle. Most adults need at least eight hours a night. That may seem like a tall order for a lot of busy people, but those are the facts. Without a good chunk of sleep each night, your health suffers right along with your looks. Don’t neglect this very important part of your daily care. It’s no badge of courage to get by on little to no sleep, unless you consider prematurely wrinkled skin and ill health something to be proud of.
Here we go again. It’s hard to deny that getting off the couch and moving can help the body stay young. There are several reasons why exercise helps improve your skin’s appearance. Sweat helps to purge the body of impurities, as well as increases your heart and respiratory health. A healthy heart and lungs improves your overall health, as well. And a healthy body naturally has a healthier appearance.
Taking oxygen deep into your lungs gets the blood moving and increases circulation. This increased circulation happens throughout your entire body, including your skin and the tissues that support your skin. This increased circulation helps rejuvenate the skin cells and keep them renewing at a more rapid pace than if you just sit like a lump all day.
Are you aging gracefully? If not, you might want to try these natural methods to improve your skin’s health and appearance. Of course, wrinkle-reducing lotions are nice to use, too, but when you start with Mother Nature’s health regime, you give those special potions a nice head start.