In our quest to stop aging, we focus so much on keeping track of wrinkles and fine lines that we often overlook the fact that beauty comes from within, and oftentimes literally. Focusing on tweaking your diet, kicking bad habits, and reinforcing all those good habits for your skin and body can seamlessly prevent you from going under the knife or paying an arm and a leg for skin care regimens that promise eternal youth but often underdeliver.
In this blog post, we have rounded up the best anti-aging tips and lifestyle changes for maintaining a healthy body and radiant complexion well into old age.
Antioxidants Are Your Allies
These often-overlooked anti-aging powerhouses can keep your skin looking young and fresh despite aging processes, sun damage, pollution, and stress. Look for foods and ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, pomegranates, green tea, and ginger.
You can also boost your antioxidant intake with a quality antioxidant supplement, like resveratrol or grape seed extract. These compounds can prevent free radicals from breaking down the two proteins that give your skin structure and keep it plump and firm – collagen and elastin.
Vitamin C for Youthful Skin
Vitamin C is a boon for both your health and looks. Beside warding off colds and keeping bones and joints healthy, this extremely popular antioxidant helps repair damaged skin, ramp up collagen production, and keep your skin looking young and fresh longer. What’s more, it shields the skin from UV radiation acting like a natural sunscreen.
Get vitamin C from green leafy veggies, such as spinach or kale, and other foods high in vitamin C, such as lemons, oranges, strawberries, kiwis, and rose hips. You can also take a vitamin C supplement (100 mg to 2,000 mg) to prevent age-related collagen breakdown and apply it to your face as a serum. There are plenty of vitamin C serums out there, with outstanding results.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Your Heart
Healthy omega 3 fatty acids are found in pasture-raised animal byproducts, such as meat, eggs, and dairy. Unfortunately, the Western diet has become increasingly depleted of these beneficial fatty acids as people have been parting ways with a natural lifestyle. Omega 3 is one of the best anti-agers out there. It is extremely beneficial for the heart and cardiovascular system, it boosts immunity, improves circulation, improves skin texture, and keeps the hair and nails strong.
As an added bonus, it significantly improves vision and the symptoms of major depression in both children and adults, according to multiple studies. And to keep your heart in top shape as you age, supplement your diet with a healthy dose of omega 3s. The best sources include krill oil, fish oil, and cod liver oil. Look for products with no toxic fillers, pesticides, and other harmful ingredients.
Another anti-aging secret is regular exfoliation. Celebs swear by exfoliation to stay young. If done correctly, the method removes dead skin cells, rejuvenates the complexion, and leaves room for new skin cells to form. When exfoliating, use a gentle scrub, there are thousands of DIY recipes online, and don’t forget about the hands and neck.
Keep in mind that exfoliation ups the skin’s natural sensitivity to the sun by up to 45%, so if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors or want to get a tan, postpone exfoliation for the moment. For those of us more concerned about skin’s appearance in the long run, exfoliate 1 to 2 times per week in summer and 3 to 4 times per week in wintertime.
Another advantage of exfoliation is that it enables moisturizers and anti-aging products to better permeate your skin and offers your dermis a silky-smooth texture. With aging, collagen production and cell regeneration rates go downhill. Exfoliation prompts the body to produce more collagen and boost new cell turnover, which is a win-win for your complexion.
In the winter, it is quite obvious that your skin screams for hydration, but in the summer, moisture loss is less obvious. Use only natural moisturizers that can normalize your skin’s natural oily barrier, without clogging the pores, and reduce inflammation.
Our KINO CBD (Coconut Lilikoi) Kukui Nut Oil Body Lotion has been designed to keep skin healthy and elastic, without upping the risk of breakouts as it is non comedogenic. The hemp-derived CBD in our lotion also keeps moisture locked in and helps soothe and heal skin irritation due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
For your lips, we recommend using our KINO Organic Coconut Mango CBD Lip Balm, as they need moisture too. If they are too dry and chapped, try exfoliating them first.
Get Enough Zzs
The need for a restorative beauty sleep is not a dated concept. Your skin needs a long and deep sleep cycle to fully repair and regenerate. If you missed your 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted shut eye at night, you can catch up by taking short naps. Researchers have found that regular naps can cut the risk of coronary death by up to 37%.
Year-Round Sun Protection
We can’t emphasize this enough. Sun protection is the first line of defense against photo aging, with an anti-oxidant rich diet being the second. The sun dries out and ages unprotected skin. So, a quality sunblock can erase years of sun damages and wrinkles from your face.
Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, we recommend higher protection because most people do not apply sunscreen properly or forget to reapply it as needed. Most dermatologists agree that sun protection should be applied year-round, as the brief sun exposure in colder months can lead to significant damage over time.
Also, switch to a mineral sunscreen if you are into chemical sunscreen as the former is a much healthier alternative to the latter. Look for zinc-based products and skin-repairing antioxidants in a good product. Apply the product to your face, neck, and hands. You don’t want a magazine-worthy face and granny neck and hands.
Swim to Add Years to Your Life
To boost your life expectancy, forget about cardio, running, or walking. A recent study has found that swimming can slash the risk of death from all causes by up to 50% when compared to the said types of physical activity. Also, swimming engages your entire musculoskeletal system, boosting strength, flexibility, and cardio like no other sport does. It tones the core, which is essential for maintaining a good posture as we age. Good posture alone can help you look younger almost instantly.
Intermittent Fasting to Stop Aging
A little-known secret of Hollywood celebrities and Silicon Valley’s health-conscious populace is intermittent fasting. This anti-aging method involves eating within a short time frame, let’s say from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and fasting the rest of the day. Intermittent fasting (IF) has been linked to metabolism normalization, healthy insulin levels, higher energy levels, sky-high detoxification rates, anti-aging effects, and dramatic weight loss.
With IF, your skin will look better, have more time to regenerate and repair, and become more resilient to pollution and sun damage.
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