To stop or even reverse skin aging, most people know that the two best things you can do is to quit smoking and start (or continue) exercising. But in addition to those key steps, there are some additional measures you can take regularly which will also help reverse skin aging. Using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can help prevent UV-related damage, exfoliating helps keep the skin looking fresh and new, and Pine Bark Extract supplements can help significantly improve skin color and pigmentation of age spots. Aloe Vera Gel can also work as a nutritional intervention, consumed in small doses internally on a daily basis, to support the regenerative processes in the body.
A dermatologist may also help you discover some more customized solutions that would be suitable for your unique skin condition. Dermatologists can help you explore treatments such as light-emitting diodes (LED), which can reduce the effects of skin aging in certain cases. But visiting a dermatologist isn’t necessarily your only option for deeper effects. Staying well hydrated reverses aging from the inside out, so it’s important to drink a lot of water – for the health of your skin as well as so many other of your organs. The quality of your food intake also works this way, so reduce consumption of those junk foods that you already know are not good for you and increase the amount of enriching, age-reversing superfoods on your plate! Some foods to add include:
- Wild Alaskan Salmon/Other Cold Water Fish (salmon, sardines, herring, trout): These fish are great sources of the protein that is required to maintain and repair the skin on a cellular level.
- Green Foods: This includes foods such as dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale and young cereal grasses such as barley grass and wheat grass. Greens help detoxify the body to keep skin clear and radiant.
- Beans/Lentils: These low glycemic, anti-inflammatory little gems keep your blood sugar stable and will not only help your skin healthy but also help you stay at a healthy weight.
- Olives/Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Good fats such as olive oil keep the skin supple, glowing, and wriknkle-free.
- Green Tea: The polyphenol compounds in green tea help eliminate inflammation-producing free radicals and reactivate dying skin cells.
- Blueberries: One of the greatest sources of antioxidants, blueberries also help prevent inflammation – which is one of the greatest causes of wrinkling and sagging in the skin.
- Sour Citrus Fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit): Rich in antioxidants, these fruits help detoxify the body and skin. Lemons in particular contain bioflavonoids that strengthen the capillaries and help maintain elastin and collagen.