Many of us older folks are interested in skin repair due to how aging can affect the skin, causing wrinkles, aging spots and dryness of our skin cells.
No matter how hard we try to protect and nourish our skin, it is hard to avoid all exposure to the culprits that cause our skin to look older. Sun, smoke, pollution, stress, dehydration, environmental weather and allergies contribute to the health of our skin
If your skin is already starting to show signs of aging, it’s important to identify the cause and develop a plan to slow down or stop the damage.
By avoiding exposure to chemicals and pollution your outward looks can be helped. Our skin is our armor, so shield it from the elements.
Here are some ways to control anti-aging skin repair externally:
*Protect it from the damaging rays of the sun, ultraviolet radiation damages the skin and leads to wrinkles, age spots and cancer. Use a natural sunscreen whenever possible. Wear a hat to protect your head!
*Wash your skin daily, especially the exposed areas, to remove dirt, pollutants, chemicals and perspiration that will accumulate. Use only warm water to wash, hot water causes more minerals to be lost from your skin. It is best to use a natural soap that does not contain dyes, parabens or perfumes.
*Unless your skin is naturally oily, you need to moisturize daily to keep skin hydrated and healthy. Here again, use a product that does not have a lot of additives or dyes!
*Vitamin E can help protect from photo damage, and counteracts the negative effects of chemical pollution in the air.
Internally, daily stress and anxiety can take their toll on the health of our skin. It is difficult for the body to maintain a healthy outward appearance when you are consumed internally by emotional struggles.
Here are a few anti-aging tips to reduce stress and improve conditions of your skin internally:
*Facials and massage are beneficial externally and internally; because it affects both the mind and the body. It will relax you and instantly improve the condition of the skin.
*Exercise helps to reduce stress and helps move waste and nutrients through and out of the body.
*Stress reduction practices that can help include; Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and breathing techniques to return the body to a more relaxed state of balance.
*Rest and sleep is good for the body as well as the mind.
*A healthy diet is important for the whole body, besides the skin. Nourish yourself with the vitamins, minerals and foods your body needs to prevent aging. Increase your anti-oxidants, eat more superfoods!
One of the theories of aging is stagnation. This is like the slow down or non-functioning of the main body systems; circulation, digestion, immune and lymph systems. Anti-aging skin repair with both external and internal suggestions, as above, can improve that stagnation issue.
So to prevent toxin buildup, have a regular exercise plan to stimulate energy, circulate blood, boost the immune and lymph system. Deal properly with emotions and stress. Maintain a positive attitude to help the overall body to stay healthy and slow the aging process.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist , is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses. Contact her at [email protected]