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Five Tips for Youthful Skin

A Natural Approach

Tip #1 - Moisturize: Moisturizing protects the skin from drying and acts as a protective layer for the skin. It also helps your skin maintain its natural moisture levels, says experts at the Mayo Clinic, because it seals in the water already in the skin. If you have oily skin, avoid oil-based products (use water-based instead). One trick you may want to try is introducing a plant ceramides supplement to increase skin moisture levels from within.

Tip #2 - Sun Protection: According to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, most of the changes seen in aging skin are actually "caused by a lifetime of sun exposure". Try to either avoid the sun altogether, or wear sunscreen with an SPF greater than 15 and reapply every couple of hours if you're out in the hot sun often. An internal proven approach is to increase your intake of a carotenoid known as astaxanthin, proven to defend against the specific free radical in the body caused by sun exposure.

Tip #3 - No Smoking: Research shows that smoking alone ages skin. In a US study, they examined the upper inner arms (no sun exposure) of smokers and non-smokers, aged 22 to 91, and found that, after taking into account age and other variables, the number of cigarette packs that the smokers smoked per day was directly linked to skin aging.

Smoking reduces the skin's natural elasticity by promoting the breakdown of collagen and reducing the amount produced. Collagen, a protein that helps strengthen skin, gradually degrades with age, leading to wrinkles. Smoking causes this to happen sooner and causes the tiny blood vessels in the skin to tighten, reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients that the skin cells receive, which also reduces elasticity and accelerates aging. If you smoke, ensure you increase vitamin C intake and investigate bioactive collagen peptides that have been shown to increase collagen levels in the skin.

Tip #4 - Get Quality Sleep: Focus on getting at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Not getting enough quality sleep will make your skin look tired and older, and can lead to bags under your eyes. Exercise can reduce stress and help you sleep more solidly. Aerobic exercise increases the oxygen circulating in your body, which helps the skin stay vibrant and healthy.  

Tip #5 - Try Supplements: Science has recently brought to light some nutrients that can help protect your skin from sun damage and moisturize your skin. SOD is the body's most powerful antioxidant isolated from cantaloupe. It can help protect the skin from free radical damage, comparably to staying out of the sun. Research shows that, by increasing SOD levels in the body, you can better defend against the free radicals that cause skin aging.

Naturally-occurring plant ceramides can increase the moisture in your skin, similar to external moisturizing. A specific plant-derived ceramide was studied in France on 51 women and showed a significant increase in skin hydration after both 15 and 60 days. Make sure to buy a plant-based ceramide extract from a reputable source.