7 Natural Ways to Maintain Beautiful, Youthful Skin


There may not be a fountain of youth, but what we eat and how we treat our bodies can have a big impact on the aging process and our skin is no exception.  Your skin needs nutrients to repair, regenerate and support cellular energy.  Processed foods, toxins, stress and low-nutrient diets accelerate the aging process and cause wrinkles. 


Want a healthy, youthful glow?  Add these suggestions into your daily routine:

 

1. Drink Plenty of Water
Even with a small amount of dehydration, your body functions in a less than optimal way. When you are dehydrated, it will take a toll on your skin, causing it to look dull, flaky, saggy and loose.  The general rule of thumb is to drink ½ your weight, in ounces of water a day.

2. Eat the rainbow of plant-based foods. 
Free radicals occur in our bodies and cause major damage to our cell structures. Plant based foods contain anti-oxidants which neutralize them. You need to consume the widest variety of antioxidants you can to fight off the different kinds of free radicals.   Choose foods like, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Spinach, Kale, Raspberries, Goji Berries, Nuts, Seeds, red and purple Grapes, raw Dark Chocolate (70% or higher cacao content) and organic Green Tea.  Think about what colors you've missed throughout the day, and try to incorporate them into your next meal.

3. Opt for natural skin products. 
Many skincare products contain harsh chemicals. When choosing moisturizers or makeup, research the ingredients in them the best you can to confirm that they're safe.  
I make my own emollient-rich, skin cancer-preventative, natural lotion from Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil.  
You can make it, too!  Use it on your face and all over your body!

Ingredients:
2 oz. Shea Butter
2oz. virgin Coconut Oil
20 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
20 drops Myrrh Essential Oil

Directions:
Heat Shea Butter and Coconut oil in a double boiler to melt into liquid.  Do not allow temperature to rise above 100 degrees as it may degrade oils.
Allow to cool to room temperature.  Add essential oils and stir.  Place in refrigerator to until all but the center is hardened to a solid.  Whip with hand mixer until fluffy.  Store in glass jars with  wide mouth. 

4. Avoid Sugar

It leads to inflammation and damaged collagen and elastin, which cause wrinkles. 

5. Eat Healthy Fats
Incorporating foods such as avocados, olive oil, flax seeds, nuts and cold water wild-caught fish into your diet is important. The fatty acids are crucial for your skin to look youthful.

6. Exfoliate
As we age, we tend to not slough off dead cells as readily from our skin which increases the appearance of dull skin and wrinkles.  There are many exfoliant  cleansing lotions out there, but the best thing that I’ve used, by far, is the Clarisonic.  I have used it daily for years now and my skin is bright, smooth and my pores are small and clean.  It is worth every penney!

7. Engage in activities that relieve stress. 
High levels of stress will compromise your skin. Consider yoga or meditating. Eliminate problematic people and activities from your life.  Exercise is a great stress reliever as well as a detoxifier.  Engage in forms of exercise that is appropriate for you.

  Adapted from an article by Kristy Rao