No one stays young forever – ageing is an inevitable part of life. But wouldn’t it be nice for us to look youthful for as long as possible!
How To Keep Your Skin Healthy And Youthful For Years To Come
Ageing skin is more than just a cosmetic concern. If your skin is prematurely ageing, it could be a sign of poor nutrition that can cause other health concerns. So we’ve gathered out top tips for keeping your skin looking firm and smooth for longer.
Let’s slow down the ageing process Nutrition for skin health
As we age, we absorb fewer vitamins and minerals from the food we consume, including those that support healthy skin. The skin is often the first to suffer when nutrient levels drop. So the key to making your skin radiant and healthy is to look to your skin nutrition.
So which nutrients are essential for healthy skin?
Water plays a major role in skin health. It helps to carry nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells, and removing waste products that can affect skin health. Water can also help to keep the skin barrier strong, protecting it from damage and infection.
If you’re not drinking enough water, start slow – add 1-2 cups of water per day for a week, and continue to increase. On average, people require between 1.5-3L of water per day depending on their age, weight and lifestyle.
Omega-3 fatty acids
These fatty acids are responsible for functions such as flexibility and moisture content of skin cells, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. But our bodies cannot produce essential fatty acids, so they must be included in the diet.
Omega-3s are found in fatty fish and seafood, as well as small amounts in nuts and seeds. If you don’t wish to consume fish on a regular basis, you may benefit from a supplement.
Antioxidants can protect your skin by neutralising free radicals that can damage skin cells. By consuming plenty of antioxidants, you can shield your skin from inflammation and oxidative stress that can occur from everyday wear and tear.
To get your antioxidant fix, enjoy a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C and lycopene are two beneficial antioxidants for skin, so stock up on watermelon, tomatoes, berries, capsicum, citrus fruit and green leafy vegetables.
A great way to get all these nutrients in your diet is with our Anti Ageing Smoothie – get the recipe HERE
Tradition Chinese Medicine and skin health
TCM has a combination approach to skin health, working on both the internal and external skin. An acupuncturist will examine what issues are arising with the skin and where to identify the underlying problem.
From a TCM perspective, it’s recommended to cook most foods, and minimise raw, chilled and hard to digest food. This is because digestion can take up more blood and qi, which means less circulating to the skin.
Some other foods that might negatively affect your skin are dairy products, greasy foods and sugar. These can lead to puffy skin and bags under the eyes.
To support beautiful skin, you’ll want to be in bed and asleep before 11pm. This gives the body time to detoxify the body’s systems and repair any damage that occurred throughout the day.
One beauty ritual from China that you might like to try is stone rollers. These rollers have jade or rose quartz that you can roll over your face to reduce puffiness and inflammation.
Cosmetic acupuncture for skin health
Did you know that facial acupuncture can be used to support healthy skin?
Acupuncture helps by improving the blood circulation throughout the body and stimulating collagen production. This addresses wrinkles and fine lines and reduces puffiness around the eyes. Your skin cells will receive more nutrition and oxygen from the increased blood supply to the area. The end result is more moisturised and glowing skin.
Cosmetic acupuncture can suit a variety of skin concerns. Some of the most common are reducing fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea, dry skin, dark circles under the eyes and scarring.
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