Fine lines and wrinkles on the face have always been regarded as signs of ageing. Most people accept wrinkles as inevitable, just like death and taxes, while a growing number resist the unsightly lines with skin products and invasive surgery.
Some skin experts, however, maintain that wrinkles should be viewed as a skin disease or as a condition that is caused by poor nutrition and an unhealthy lifestyle. As such, you can fight it by making dietary and lifestyle changes without having to spend a fortune on creams and injections.
Prevention is always better than treating an existing wrinkle problem. The best time to start an anti-wrinkle regimen is now. While gentle skin cleansers and creams may serve well as a protective barrier against the harmful rays of the sun and the toxins in the air, your best arsenal against wrinkles is found in the food you eat. Over the years, research has shown that the same diet that prevents major diseases like cancer, heart and kidney diseases is also a good formula for fighting wrinkles.
Getting enough protein, choosing the right kind of carbohydrates, loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables while avoiding refined and processed foods all help in your quest for smooth, wrinkle-free skin.
This wonder vitamin not only boosts your immunity and helps you fight colds and coughs during the flu season, but it also helps your body produce collagen, an essential tissue that holds your skin together, keeping it firm and smooth. Vitamin C also fights inflammation, a leading cause of skin damage.
It is best taken from natural sources like citrus fruits, melons, strawberries, tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, and dark green leafy vegetables. Avocados are also a rich source of antioxidants that are good for your skin but because avocados are high in fat and calories, you may want to take them in small portions.
Not all fat is bad for your health. Moderate amounts of essential fatty acids or EFAs are needed for fighting skin inflammation. These EFAs are not naturally produced by your body and must be taken from dietary sources.
Two types of EFAs are particularly important: Omega 3 and Omega 6 EFAs. Omega-3 EFAs can be found in oily fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon. Omega-6 EFAs, which must be taken in low quantities, include safflower, sesame seed, lean meats, corn, soy, raw nuts and leafy greens.
Clean water is responsible for most of your body's metabolic processes that keeps it in good working condition. It is also inexpensive and can make your skin look clear, bright and beautiful. The recommended intake is 6 to 8 glasses of water everyday.
Yoghurt is one dairy product that may jumpstart your new skin food plan. It contains good bacteria such as lactobacilli, which helps clean out the bowels to maximise nutrient absorption from the food you eat.
Protein from pulses and lean meats is important for repairing damaged skin cells. More often than not, a person who is not afflicted with any known disease but who appears older than his biological age may not be consuming enough protein. You can get your protein from chicken, fish, beef, eggs, pulses and soy foods.
A procedure that is growing in popularity for its impressive results in reducing wrinkles is cosmetic acupuncture. It aims to treat the various signs of aging, including wrinkles. The best thing about cosmetic acupuncture is that it is non-invasive and painless. It lifts the skin and removes fine lines around the lips and eyes.
Each person wishing to undertake cosmetic acupuncture is assessed by a health professional who has been trained in this discipline, in order to focus on their individual cosmetic goals and health situation.