What you ingest affects facial muscles and supportive tissues as well as the epidermal surface. To compensate for the body's gradually slowing cell production and less efficient metabolism of foods, it is important to provide it with ample protein (meats, eggs, dairy products, legume-grain-milk combinations), and with a generous supply of vitamins. Here are tips to enhance natural skin care as you grow older: Taking a daily B-complex tablet is good insurance.

Laboratory tests have shown that a deficiency of any one of the B's causes young animals to develop the wrinkled aspects of old age. If you smoke, stop. Smoking has been shown to accelerate aging of skin, so quitting now is important for good skin health. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more whenever you go outdoors, especially when you are participating in sports or exercise. Be sure to reapply the sunscreen every two hours.

Vitamin C is good for collagen and elastin, the intertwining fibers supporting your face.

Collagen cannot be absorbed from even the most convincingly advertised cosmetic, it is produced and maintained by the body from ingested protein and vitamin C with the assistance of the B complex. Taking 1,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C in divided doses each day helps preserve and rejuvenate collagen's ability to prevent lines, sags, and wrinkles. You may have been noticing the signs for a while: increased roughness, wrinkling, irregular pigmentation (coloration) or inelasticity. These are all normal changes in our skin as we age.

You may have enlarged sebaceous (oil) glands. Sometimes, precancerous and cancerous lesions can occur with aged and sun damaged skin. Sunscreens and sun protection are important to prevent further sun damage.

Your skin requires different skin care as you age. As we grow older, our skin doesn't produce new cells at the same pace. Environmental and biological factors take their toll. Often we develop enlarged pores, and the effects of the sun become evident in sunspots, freckles and wrinkles.
Here are three tips to enhance natural skin care as you grow older:

Seek out skin care products that help you manage your skin, such as creams with ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C. If you smoke, stop. Smoking has been shown to accelerate aging of skin, so quitting now is important for good skin health. Eat a well-balanced diet - with or without a multivitamin. A healthy diet helps the skin get the nutrition it needs to help repair ongoing damage from the sun and other environmental elements. Drink a lot of water to hydrate your skin from the inside out.

There are many topical non-prescription and prescription products currently available that help maintain and protect your skin's health. Ask your doctor or skin care specialist which medications are best for you.

How to Get Youthful Skin

Skin is more than just a covering; it is a barometer that registers the state of our health and reveals the story of our lives. The decline and fall of our epidermis does not become apparent until we pass the 30-year milestone, but it actually begins at birth. Our "perfect" baby skin alters with puberty; undergoes more variations from hormonal fluctuations during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause; then gradually becomes thinner, drier, and less supple as cell functions slow with age. Chronologically, we all grow old at the same rate. Visibly, we age at an individual pace—and it's never too early or late to start improving your skin. Acne attacks more boys than girls during the teenage years, but besets more women than men because oral contraceptives, menstruation, and menopause cause hormone levels to surge and wane.

Pregnancy profoundly affects the skin. For the first five months, increased estrogen production suppresses the natural skin-lubricating oils to make skin drier than normal. Use a mild, non detergent cleanser, a nourishing moisturizer during the day, and apply a rich night cream before retiring. During the latter half of pregnancy, an upswing of progesterone hormones may make skin oilier and more subject to blemishes.

Cleanse your skin thoroughly, use an astringent toner, cut back on your moisturizing routine, and guard against the brown splotches of a pregnancy mask by applying a potent sunscreen before venturing forth in daylight.

While waiting for the fountain of perpetual youth to be discovered, you can prolong a youthful appearance if you: Incorporate more moisturizing in your daily-care routine to compensate for the reduced activity of sweat and sebaceous glands, which causes gradual drying and thinning of the skin.

To prevent photo aging by applying a sunscreen and sunning safely.

Drink water at least 8 glasses a day. Exercise regularly to maintain the blood circulation essential for bringing nourishment to the dermal vessels and for carrying off wastes from the skin. Deliberately relax away

tension to help prevent "expression lines" in your face and other stress-related skin problems. Get sufficient sleep so your skin can receive its fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients.

Keep your weight fairly constant to avoid the saggy wrinkles that can develop stretched marks.

Eat a well-balanced diet to help maintain and rebuild the supportive tissues, and to preserve the visible surface.

The Secret to Youth: Collagen
Collagen is the key to healthy skin that tends to age well. The change in the pH level of the skin caused by just a few uses of a retinoid product such as Retin-A or AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) can help generate collagen. "Collagen is the skin's structural fiber," dermatologist Dennis Gross said in the October 2005 issue of O Magazine. "As we get older, it breaks down, creating lines and large pores."

The best way to keep collagen from breaking down is avoiding the sun at all costs. Dermatologists warn that up to 90 percent of wrinkles, dark spots and sun damage are caused by sun exposure. This is why they're always preaching the use of sunscreen . However, if the damage is done, you can try to recoup the gorgeous skin you once had. To find out your best option, read on.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A really cuts down on the wrinkles, perhaps better than any other type of skin product. I would recommend skipping the over-the-counter vitamin A products and consider getting a prescription from your doctor for Retin-A, Renova or Retin-A Micro. These contain the ingredient "tretinoin," which is proven more effective on fine lines and wrinkles than retinol, found in most OTC products.

Keep in mind that you shouldn't expose skin to the sun when using Retin-A, Renova or Retin-A Micro. You'll want to cover up with sunscreen and a hat. Vitamin A makes skin very susceptible to skin damage.

Retinoids are the tamer, non-prescription versions of the vitamin A derivatives listed above. Retinoids contain a less harsh Vitamin A derivative called retinol. These products are less potent and therefore great for weekly upkeep.

Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids
AHAs and BHAs are better options for women who find the Vitamin A products dry out their skin. AHAs are acid extracts that tend to be more moisturizing. You'll want to look for products that include glycolic (an acid extract from sugarcane), lactic (milk) or citric (citrus fruits).
The secret to youthful skin and natural anti aging is in your colon. Have you even wondered why so many celebrities go to expensive cleansing spas? Is it because they are particularly health conscious? No, it's because they are obsessed with looking young and beautiful. Luckily you don't have to be a celebrity to have youthful skin and youthful vitality. All it takes is a good colon cleansing and lots of fresh, clean, filtered drinking water.

It's not what you put on your skin that makes it youthful
Each year there are billions of dollars spent of beautifying and anti aging products. The ironic part is that the health of your skin is largely governed by the amount of water you drink, the type of food you eat and how well you body eliminates waste. If these three things are working well chances are you will have youthful skin. Anti aging begins with what you eat. When any of these areas become unbalanced then your skin will be one of the first places to show it.

Anti aging creams attack the surface but not the cause
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It has many functions but one is the elimination of toxins. Think about it - you sweat when you have a fever or when you are hot. There are literally millions of pores all over your body with the specific ability to move toxins out of you. As you get older more and more toxins are building up inside your body. Toxins from the air we breathe, the food and water we consume and environmental exposure to a host of deadly chemicals. Youthful skin comes from healthy toxic elimination. A regular colon cleansing can help you have youthful skin and more energy.

Even food can be anti aging
Our diets are often lacking in whole grain fiber and the volumes of fresh and uncooked vegetables that it takes to clean out the gunk. Highly processed foods like white flour and sugar turn into a sticky goo once inside your belly. Most of this foodstuff is only waste since there is little nutrition to digest. Literally, every time your colon gets overloaded trying to process too much waste it has no other choice but to reabsorb the toxins into your fatty cells or try to eliminate them through your skin.

The skin is an interesting organ. It is the backup if the colon is not working. Another thing is; when we have undigested food material, if it is not liquefied enough, it sticks to the sides of the intestine. Eventually it will harden and when it hardens it also prevents the muscles around it from contracting. This dehydration coupled with the slow clogging and hardening means that less and less of the waste is eliminated. It also means that it takes more effort for your body to eliminate anything effectively. Now you can see how youthful skin and anti aging starts in the colon.

Youthful skin is a result of a healthy digestive system. Gentle colon cleansing will break down this hardened matter and remove it safely. Dehydration makes you look older than you are and makes it very hard for your skin to stay elastic and subtle.

Anti aging starts in the colon
A lot of people think that poor skin simply comes with age. Not true. We all know at least one person who looks great for their age - without plastic surgery, botox or drugs. Chances are it is because of what's going on with their colon. When your colon works efficiently - your skin will glow naturally. A good colon cleansing on a regular basis will help draw out toxins and undigested waste.

Drink plenty of fresh, filtered, clean water every day - this is the first step. Next you may want to eat a good wholesome diet -filled with fresh vegetables and lots of whole grain fibers. Then add a super green, whole food supplement that will boost your vitamin B and give you the added nutrition your body craves. Colon cleansing is one of the simplest ways of getting a healthier more youthful skin.

A lot of things go into making sure that the colon cleansing work and I would say that the number one thing is sufficient water intake. Clean, filtered water is the elixir of life - so drink your fill and enjoy natural youthful skin.

Isabella ♥

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