When we are young, we want to be older. Seems like
after 21, we all want to be younger. We have been so
brain washed by advertising that we no longer value anyone who
does not "look" young.
Actually we just don't value ourselves if that is what we
believe. I see so many women trying desperately to look
10- 20- or more years younger than they are.
The numbers on women and men who are opting for plastic
surgery are growing by leaps and bounds every year.
Too many people feel pressured to look young in order to keep
their jobs or spouse.
I think it is way past time to acknowledge that for many
people age does bring wisdom.
At the same time - why not look just as good as you can -
The Fountain of Youth - Right in
Front of Us All This Time
By Danna Schneider
Can we really stop the aging process, slow it down, or even
reverse the effects of aging on our skin and body? It is an
enigma for which so many have searched the answers to for
years. Now, with advanced modern science making breakthroughs
and discoveries every day, the answers have become apparent to
the age-old quest for the proverbial fountain of youth.
In large part, your everyday lifestyle choices contribute to
the way you age, and at what rate your body ages. Diet,
environmental factors, exercise and the topical skin care
products and skin care regimen you choose, all affect the way
you are going to appear now and ten, twenty, and thirty years
down the road. It's no surprise your lifestyle plays a pivotal
role in how your body and skin age over the years, since we've
always known diet and exercise affect our energy levels,
appearance, moods, and fitness level.
However, several key foods have been found to be very
effective weapons not only against aging in general, but also
against skin disorders ranging from acne, rosacea, thin skin,
and photo aging (sun damage). These foods can even help reverse
and repair sun and other environmental damage done to the skin.
This powerful weapon is a group of chemical compounds called
antioxidants, and what they accomplish in high doses, along
with adequate exercise, can mimic a surgical facelift over a
relatively short period of time!
Think about all of the damage your skin is exposed to on a
daily basis. It is your largest and most vulnerable organ,
exposed to toxins and other damaging elements, like the sun,
every day. These elements will actually accelerate the aging
process by producing harmful compounds called free radicals,
which can damage cells and in turn damage the skin.
Antioxidants actually fight free radicals, and reverse some of
the damage already done by them in the body.
Precautions to be taken to prevent these nasty little free
radicals from wreaking havoc on your skin include wearing
sunscreen every day, getting regular moderate exercise, using
preventive skin care (cleansers, lotions, gels, creams, etc.)
formulated with powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C and Alpha
Lipoic Acid, and making sure your get an abundance of
antioxidants in your every day diet. Some examples of foods
high in antioxidants include berries (strawberries,
blueberries, raspberries, etc.),citrus fruits (oranges,
grapefruits, etc.), and vegetables rich in color, such as
broccoli, zucchini, spinach, and summer squash.
Green tea is also agreat source of antioxidants, not to
mention a better choice than coffee for a pick-me-up. See the
following links for more information on where to find these
While there are many foods to be enjoyed while living by the
"anti-aging" diet, there are also foods that need to be either
avoided all together, or strictly minimized. These are refined
sugar, caffeine, and all starchy and white flour products. The
resulting surge of insulin created by these foods produces more
free radicals and breaks down the cell's defenses against
damaging elements, leaving you wide open to more skin damage
(ie. wrinkles, skin disorders, and other premature aging
These foods are highly inflammatory by nature, and while
they may taste good going down, know that they are destroying
good cells and allowing for future damage by weakening the
cell's defenses further. Eating these foods results in less
tone and definition. The skin "droops", hence the creation of
fine lines, wrinkles, and dull color. You will know a person
that has a high sugar and high carb diet by looking at their
face. They may have almost a "doughy" appearance to their skin,
lacking the sharp definition and tone enjoyed by those who
follow a healthy diet based on the anti-aging principles.
So, there you have it, some of the core concepts that will
get you started to minimizing and even reversing the affects of
aging. This is really just the tip of the iceberg. There is
actually a lot more information on these concepts available
that would be well worth your time to learn. What you do with
these principles is up to you, it's just a matter of making
some minor changes for a longer, happier and healthier life.
I'd say that is definitely worth the investment!
Danna Schneider is the webmaster of the beauty and makeup
product review and advice website CosmeticsGalore.com
http://www.cosmeticsgalore.com - providing
reviews and research on everything from natural breast
enhancement products and cellulite treatments to self
tanners, acne treatments, and makeup.
She is a cosmetics and beauty product researcher and
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