Some of the best remedies for anti-aging and keeping you looking young are as close as your kitchen.
We’d all love to live to be healthy and wrinkle-free in our 90s, but the truth is, nothing can stop us from aging.
This is particularly true in today’s world, which is plagued with aging catalysts like environmental toxins, foods filled with chemicals, poor nutritional values, and dangerous temptations. However, we can keep the aging process from moving at an accelerated pace by making better choices. Several successful aging studies have shown that lifestyle choices are two-thirds what predicts how well we age. We’ve all heard the common anti-aging tips:
- Eat tons of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins
- Lower your alcohol intake
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Stay out of the sun
- Drink a LOT of water
These are all great, but there’s even more we can do. And you don’t have to take synthetic supplements or smear unpronounceable artificial ingredients on your skin to do it. Many of the prominent anti-aging products on the market are packed with harmful chemicals that ultimately make you age faster.
Instead, take advantage of nature’s best ingredients and prove that you can age successfully. Here are seven natural anti-aging secrets you can adopt now:
Anti-aging Tip #1: Start Using Ozonated Oils
The human body is built to detox through the skin, and oxygen is a vital factor in this process. In the past 200 years, oxygen levels have dropped by nearly 20 percent in most places. One of the best ways to get more oxygen into your system is through ozonated oils. They moisturize your skin, improve the appearance of fine lines and age spots, work to calm skin conditions like eczema, fight infections like gingivitis or athletes foot, and heal cuts, burns and stings. PurO3, America’s “leader in ozonated oils,” infuses a variety of oils with ozone, an agent that restores the skin’s natural beauty while oxygenation cleanses and heals the skin. PureO3 combines ozone with different oils that have so many benefits to produce their preservative-free creams. For example, jojoba oil is a natural antioxidant that can help protect your skin from free radicals and reduce skin inflammation. It also reduces fine lines and hydrates your skin without clogging your pores. This oil has been blended with powerful anti-aging bee pollen and bee’s wax in HoneyColony’s No3urish.
Anti-aging Tip #2: Never Underestimate The Power Of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and water. Its high water content makes it a great moisturizer and hydrator for your skin, but aloe vera is so much more. When used topically, studies show that Aloe increases skin’s elasticity (your skin’s ability to stretch and then go back to normal). Aloe Vera gel also contains malic acid, an acid known to help reduce wrinkles, and Zinc, a mineral that works to shrink your pores and improve the formation of collagen.
What’s so great about aloe vera is that its leaf pulp is rich in fiber and nutrients that provide the body with internal benefits too. Research suggests that, when ingested as a drink, it can soothe the lining of the digestive tract, decrease inflammation, enhance the repair of ulcers in your stomach and intestines, and help your immune system remove toxins using its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. And detox always leads to anti-aging.
So make sure you take aloe vera both externally and internally.
Anti-aging Tip #3: Stop Eating Sugar And Start Scrubbing With It
Eating processed sugar can weaken your skin’s collagen, which can lead to more wrinkles early in your life. However, sugar-based scrubs can be great for your skin. “Exfoliation is so good for the skin, lending the complexion a fresh polish, and removing any impurities,” aesthetician and holistic guru Tammy Fender explains.
Try mixing sugar with lemon juice, a combination that will leave your skin feeling smooth. The sugar crystals exfoliate your skin and peel off dead layers. Lemon juice contains alpha hydroxy acid, which also removes dead skin. Mixing the two together frees up your moisturizer to easily penetrate your pores and hydrate your skin.
Anti-aging Tip #4: Coconut oil — It Isn’t Just For Cooking
Coconut oil can be used for more than you’d think. When it is absorbed into your connective tissues and skin, coconut oil helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by strengthening your connective tissues and exfoliating the outer layer of your skin. Biochemist and physiologist Ray Peat, Ph.D., told HoneyColony that he considers coconut oil to be an antioxidant. Fender agrees: “It’s a powerful antioxidant, and contains vitamins E and A, which are essential in the production of collagen.” It even works as an “overnight hair treatment, providing nutrients and leaving hair healthy and shining,” Fender says.
Anti-aging Tip #5: Drink Ginger Tea
Several teas have high levels of antioxidants with anti-aging qualities, but ginger tea stands above them all. Ginger has been around for hundreds of years. People quickly discovered that it contains gingerols in the root — antioxidants that protect collagen and help reduce skin damage and inflammation. There are several ways to incorporate ginger into your morning routine. Try shredding ginger and mixing it with honey in hot water or try Fender’s unique morning routine. She juices ginger root with turmeric root and blends it into hot water with cinnamon sticks, cloves, Manuka honey, and a large squeeze of lemon. “This blend is warming, bright, golden, and spicy-sweet — and packs a big dose of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to protect skin and body,” Fender says.
Anti-aging Tip # 6: Consume These Anti-aging Antioxidants — Vitamin E, Vitamin C, And Selenium
Vitamin E, C, and selenium are anti-aging antioxidants that you want in your life. Your sebum already produces Vitamin E for your skin. Studies have shown that it can work as an anti-inflammatory and it can increase collagen production.
Vitamin C plays a strong role in collagen production and is one of the key ingredients found in anti-aging skin care products. Taking a vitamin C supplement, especially when combined with other micronutrients like vitamin E and zinc, can help reduce UV-induced sun damage, but using a cream may be even more effective. Vitamin C is not a sunscreen. However, research from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center suggests that when it is topically combined with your SPF, vitamin C can protect against UVB damage (sunburn cell damage). In other words, you maximize skin protection in the sun by combining vitamin C and sunscreen.
Vitamin E can be found in nuts and raw seeds such as almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. You can also find it in greens such as kale and spinach. You’ll find vitamin C in citrus-based foods like oranges and plant-based sources like strawberries, broccoli, and spinach.
Selenium is an antioxidant that protects your skin, minimizes menopause symptoms, helps prevent heart disease and cancer, and supports cognitive function. A recent study showed that elderly participants over 69 who had the highest selenium levels had the best cognitive function. Fish is a huge source of selenium, along with Brazil nuts, chia seeds, brown rice, and green vegetables such as broccoli or cabbage.
Anti-aging Tip #7: Molecular Hydrogen Is Your Friend
If you haven’t heard of molecular hydrogen, you’ve been missing out! Molecular hydrogen (H2) is an odorless and tasteless gas that research links to fighting aging. This antioxidant can enter your cells quickly and repair damage, which is why more than 500 medical studies show that it provides instant benefits. One Japanese study found that participants’ neck wrinkles improved after bathing in H2 for three months.
Research also shows that this “novel antioxidant” can help repair UV-induced skin-cell damage by removing free radicals and encouraging the creation of collagen.
Getting Started on an Anti-Aging Routine
Whether you start taking molecular hydrogen supplements, drinking more ginger tea, lathering your skin with coconut oil, or ingesting Aloe Vera, you’re making pro-aging lifestyle choices. Don’t try implementing all of these anti-aging secrets at once because it could get overwhelming. Instead, consider choosing just one or two of these natural anti-aging practices to start. For instance, try swapping your lotion for coconut oil or swapping your coffee for ginger tea once or twice a week. Then, slowly begin to incorporate others into your routine. Your body will thank you!
Meredith Minor is a freelance writer, dance teacher, avid reader and wife from Nashville, TN.
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