Fight Wrinkles Naturally
As humans age, the presence of wrinkles seems to be bothersome and ever-increasing as time goes on. We could argue about the harms of living in a youth-obsessed society, but the reality is that most people count wrinkles, deeply creviced, spidering out, lines creasing across our faces as being unsightly reminders of our vanishing youth. Honestly, it’s just part of the aging process as collagen, elastin, natural oils and fats begin to dissipate and deeper, more prevalent and more pronounced wrinkles form. Free radicals play a part as well; these are unstable atoms or molecules that have released essential cell energy. Free radicals occur naturally in time and things like exposure to sunlight and cigarette smoke also produce free radicals.
While wrinkles are inevitable, there are tips to help reduce wrinkles by reversing wrinkle-producing processes without surgery or expensive creams. One of the first modes of defense has to do with breaking the cycle created by free radicals. Once free radicals are present, it can be a chain reaction, taking electrons from neighboring molecules, and they take from theirs, and more free radicals are created. Molecular instability damages the cell membrane, which can weaken and kill the cell. This equates to a reduction in collagen production and other biological needs for healthy skin.
Antioxidants can help interrupt this chain, supplying electrons to free radicals. Antioxidants can come from foods made from plants and include vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants are most effective when combined with other antioxidants, so it is recommended that you fill your plate with a colorful blend of fruits and vegetables along with nuts, seeds and legumes.
According to recent studies, some antioxidants may not only prevent free radical damage, but could even help to reverse it such as use of a vitamin A called retinol, which has been known to reduce wrinkles through stimulating collagen-producing cells. Retinol is produced using beta-carotene, and it’s also contained in liver, eggs and fortified in foods such as cereals and vitamins. Also, vitamin E can be absorbed directly into cells, enabling them to repair cell damage.
Here is one beauty tip that recommends body fat – that’s right. Some body fat is extremely useful, particularly by helping to create an appearance of smooth skin, providing skin with its surface area while dietary fats improve skin tone and health by nourishing skin cells. It is important to maintain a healthy amount of body fat and to consume a healthy amount of fats and oils in your diet to prevent and reduce the presence or wrinkled skin. Fats and oils most helpful for reducing wrinkles come from omega-3 fatty acids like those found in: tuna, salmon, herring and sardines. Good vegetarian sources include almonds, walnuts, flaxseed and sunflower seeds and oil.
Selenium and copper are trace minerals that are known to be valuable in reducing wrinkles. Selenium neutralizes free radicles before they start stealing electrons, creating other free radicles, and some say it restores elasticity of the skin. Copper helps form collagen and elastin-important skin proteins.
These are “trace” minerals, so these are needed just in very small quantities. Selenium sources include tuna, salmon, some nuts, eggs and whole grains. You can find copper in shellfish, nuts, legumes, beans and lentils.
Also, some beverages contain antioxidants such as coffee, cocoa and tea. Studies have even shown that green and white teas deliver superior antioxidants and hold potential for reducing wrinkles.