Everyone will eventually have to deal with the signs of aging. Those little lines get deeper with each passing year, and you may notice an increasingly crepe-like texture on your skin. You can’t stop it or outrun it, but you can slow it down.
Cut the Coffee and Soda
This one might sting a little bit, but it’s worth it. A study published by the American Journal of Public Health showed a connection between sugary sodas and shortened telomere length. LifeExtension explains that shortened telomeres mean more advanced aging and a shorter lifespan. Coffee is not off the hook either. Coffee, like soda, acts as a diuretic that prevent your body from holding on to its water. The result is dry, prune-textured skin. It takes more than your average of eight glasses of water per day to counteract the dehydrating effects of coffee and soda.
Get Plenty of B Vitamins
It’s a fact of life. ASEA talks about how the older you get, normal cellular function decreases, and the body struggles to renew cells. Luckily, B vitamins help with cell regeneration. All eight of the B vitamins nourish the skin either directly or indirectly. You can add more B vitamins to your diet by eating more of the leafy green vegetables, lean fish and meat, and whole grains. If you think you’re not getting enough from dietary sources, you can add a good B-complex supplement.
Every good regimen has to have some pampering in it. There are several essential oils that help in the fight against skin aging, but two in particular really stand out. Rosewood essential oil encourages skin cell growth and the regeneration of new skin. Frankincense essential oil protects existing skin while encouraging new growth. They are a good one-two punch against fine lines and wrinkles since both oils encourage new growth, and the Frankincense protects what’s already there. To add to the pampered feeling, they smell amazing (even together). Remember that essential oils should always be diluted before using them on the skin.
While aging is inevitable, it doesn’t mean you have to do it poorly. There are things you can do to stave it off, at least until you can accept it gracefully. It isn’t just about looking younger for longer but about being healthier for longer. You don’t just want more years; you want quality years. These tips go a long way toward achieving both of these ends.