How to make your skin look younger*

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Smoking has long been known to be one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. After quitting, long-term smokers can start to see the reversal of certain aging effects within roughly nine months. This is far from the only way to turn back the clock on your skin! Even if you’ve always been a non-smoker, you can do a great deal to improve the youthful appearance of your skin by making certain dietary improvements, purging certain toxins, and avoiding certain chemicals. The skin’s innate youth, health, and elasticity can be safeguarded with a host of different natural products, nutrients, and phytocompounds. Want to learn more? Keep on reading! First, though, let’s return to the consideration of what a good idea it is to give up smoking:

A recent (2010) edition of the scholarly journal Skinmed contained a study called “Quitting Smoking Rejuvenates the Skin.” This study presented some encouraging results gathered from a pilot research project on smoking cessation conducted in Milan, Italy. Scientists studied the skin of 64 female smokers who quit smoking and tracked the changes they experienced over the course of nine months. Scientists who studied the subjects and contributed to the research include nutritionists, dermatologists, and psychologists. The obvious replacement for this is to use electronic cigarettes with eliquid.

The health and overall appearance of each patient’s skin were scored clinically. Factors considered in this scoring process included pigmentation, texture, brightness, elasticity, vascularity, and the presence of lines. Based on the data thus collected, each study participant’s skin was then assigned a biological age equivalent. Skin ages at the start of the study, before the subjects quit smoking, was on average nine years older than the subjects’ calendar ages. Most of the participants went through the equivalent of 13 years worth of reverse aging over the course of the study’s nine months.

By simply removing smoking from the equation these women got 13 years taken off the age of their skin. Just think what you could do if you also liberated your skin from threats like hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, fluoride, and other chemical threats.

Age-defying, all-natural nutrients and ingredients

The value of natural ingredients and compounds has been established in many different studies. Here’s a sampling of some of the most popular natural ingredients:

Aloe

When taken internally on a daily basis for three months, aloe gel in a dose ranging from 1.2 to 3.6 grams produced significant wrinkle reduction in the skin of women over 45 who suffered from sun damage. This was established in a 2009 study which appeared in the Annals of Dermatology.

Pine bark

Taking 40 to 100 mg of pine bark orally every day for three months had a positive effect on photo-aged skin in women. The relevant study was published in a 2012 study in Clinical Interventions in Aging. The specific compound tested was French maritime pine bark, or pycnogenol.

Chocolate

According to the Journal of Nutrition (2006), cocoa that’s rich in flavanol helps to prevent erythema, redness caused by UV radiation, by providing photo-protection and improving overall skin condition.

Green tea

Green tea, when taken both orally and topically, can improve the skin’s elasticity when it’s exposed to UV light. Results to this effect were published in Dermatologic Surgery in 2005.

Nutrient combinations

A 2004 study which later appeared in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment established the effectiveness of multi-nutrient mixtures. By combining vitamins E and C, selenium, zinc, amino acids, carotenoids, pycnogenol, and blueberry extract, researchers achieved measurable reductions in the signs of aging in women following just six weeks of use. A different mixture, featuring alpha-lipoic acid, pine bark extract, marine proteins, and vitamins was proven safe and effective for long-term use (e.g. over six months) according to a 2005 study from the Journal of International Medical Research. Lastly, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a 2006 study that showed excellent age-reducing results from a mixture which included fish proteins, soy extract, white tea, tomato, grape seed, zinc and chamomile.

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2 Responses

  1. Julianne says:

    Hi there! Loved this read. I have been trying different things to improve the quality of my skin — everything from all natural things lying around my house to a new product I just purchased, Rejuvelix. Do you recommend trying different skin creams like this or just to use more natural remedies?

    • Samantha Wragg says:

      I would definitely try different things until you hit on the one that works! My favourite skincare brand has always been Dermalogica but I recently tried Kiehls at an event I went to in Leicester and I love it! I also take a hair, skin and nails supplement, especially for a few weeks before I’m due to go on holiday.

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