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Glowing Skin Through Consumption Of Right Foods

Antioxidants in your diet is probably one of the best ways to get glowing skin, because your diet can reflect on your skin. Even though there are no miracle foods to make get glowing skin, the right nutrients, along with the right skin products, can help your skin protect itself, and look its best. The benefits of antioxidants for healthy,glowing skin from the inside out often come up in discussions. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which damage cell structure, giving way to aging skin and other skin conditions. Even though cell damage is inevitable, antioxidants can slow down this process. Any chemicals that can interfere with free radical damage, has antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants work wonders in skin products to have your skin glowing, but most importantly, they are also found in foods, therefore, a diet for glowing skin should contain an array of antioxidants.
• Fatty acids: These fats are important to keep the skin barrier strong and hydrated. Find them in:
Salmon, mackerel, avocados, and walnuts.
• Vitamin E: Especially when combined with vitamin C, seems to be more effective. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant to aid in oxidative damage. Find vitamin E in:
Almonds, kale, spinach, wheat germ oil, and broccoli.
• Vitamin C: Another antioxidant, and necessary for collagen production. Find it in:
Oranges, peppers, strawberries, and grapefruit.
• Beta carotene: Important for skin texture, and sun protection. The best sources to find beta carotene, are in fruits and vegetables, especially those with a bright pigment. Some include:
Sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and tomatoes.
Of course don’t forget vitamin A, a major antioxidant, which can help neutralize environmental damage caused by free radicals.
Remember, free radicals basically cause damage to cells. Catechins, found in green tea have also become very popular throughout the last few years. Not only may it prevent some chronic diseases, but skin aging as well. This is specially true in black tea.

What Causes Skin to Age

It’s really difficult to pinpoint what really causes aging. In general, genetics and lifestyle factors are responsible. We often hear the word AGE’s, short for advanced glycation endproducts.

These glycation endproducts, increase as we age, and they have a big impact on skin aging. They are a cause for some chronic diseases as well.

Asides from exacerbating skin conditions, they also increase skin wrinkling and stiffness, inflammation, sagging, and uneven skin tone.

Fortunately, there are ways to slow down the process. Simple lifestyle changes can help the body fight them off and prevent too many.

• Cut down on sugars, like candy and cakes, which lead to glycation.

• Choose the right kind of fats, such as olive oil and cold water fish to reduce inflammation and help maintain a strong skin barrier.

• Protect your skin from the sun, by using SPF 30, daily, and use antioxidants like vitamin C and E, and collagen stimulating ingredients like retinoids.

• Watch your alcohol intake.

• Stay away from smoking! Not only does smoking deprive the skin from oxygen, but it creates more free radical damage.

• Boost your antioxidant intake, such as berries, turmeric, and brightly colored veggies, avoiding smoked or highly processed foods.

And lastly but not least, simply follow a skin care routine.

GLYCATION AND THE SKIN

crtlvbixyaa-u9vBy now most of us are aware that consuming excess simple sugars such as sodas and candy lead to a process called glycation. This is when proteins (like collagen), cross-link with the sugar molecule, compromising the collagen. As if that weren’t enough, harmful molecules are created, called AGEs.

These glycation end products, also increase as we age. Exposure to UV also accelerates AGEs. Asides from exacerbating skin conditions, they also increase skin wrinkling and stiffness, inflammation, sagging, and uneven skin tone.

Fortunately, there are ways to slow down the process:

  • Cut down on sugars, like candy and cakes.
  • Choose the right kind of fats, such as olive oil and cold water fish
  • Protect your skin from the sun, by using SPF 30, daily.
  • Watch your alcohol intake.
  • Stay away from smoking! Not only does smoking deprive the skin of oxygen, but it creates more free radical damage.
  • Boost your antioxidant intakes, such as berries, turmeric, and brightly colored veggies.

And lastly but not least, optimize your skin’s health by simply following a skin care routine, and using the right, products for your skin.

Optimize Your Skin’s Health With Retinoids

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that help stimulate collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin’s texture and tone, and increase cell turnover. While prescription strengths such as tretinoin or adapalene yield to better results, they can be very irritating, leading to discontinuance. Retinoids are still the gold standard in skincare. Even after plastic surgery, or even non invasive procedures, the skin needs to look and act its best.

28698506_sHowever, retinol, a less potent strength than a retinoid, is available over the counter. Results are not as dramatic as with a retinoid, but with continued use, results can be impressive. Keeping the skin well moisturized is important to avoid any irritation. When starting a regimen, retinol may be used every other or every second night if irritation occurs. Remember, some irritation should occur, as this shows product efficacy. Eventually, the skin will become accustomed.
While on retinol, the skin is more susceptible to UV rays, so it is of essence to apply sun protection of 30 on a daily basis. Studies have shown that retinol turns around the skin’s appearance, making it a gold standard ingredient in anti aging.

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