Keeping it Youthful

Youthful skin has always been one of the most sought after beauty ideals. Throughout history, people have come up with some pretty crazy and drastic ways to keep the fountain of youth within their skin. Elizabeth Bathory bathed in the blood of virgins to keep young and the women (along with some men!) of the Elizabethan Era slathered mercury rich foundation of their faces. The point is, people will do some crazy things to keep their faces looking young and plump. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some youthful tips that are far from crazy and I promise won’t include the blood of virgins.

Eat Guava

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Containing an enormously high amount of vitamin c, guava is the ideal food for preventing and reversing wrinkles and sagging skin. The reason for this is that vitamin c is vital for producing collagen within the body (and I think we all know why collagen is good for our skin!). With collagen, the body has the ability to grow more skin,  cartilage, tendons, and blood vessels, which is great for plumping up those wrinkles!

Coconut Oil Face Lotion

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It’s no secret that coconut oil is viewed as the tropical fountain of youth. And why shouldn’t it be? Coconut oil is high in omega-3s – the same good stuff that’s found in avocados and egg yolks- which means that it’s a great tool for softening the skin. Not only does it soften the skin, but it softens the skin better than any other lotion of fat. The reason for this is because coconut oil melts to a liquid at around 95F – which is lower than your body temperature – allowing it to seep deep into your skin and help prevent those wrinkles.

Reduce Facial Regimen 

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I know! I know! The magazines are telling you to use this product and this product and this product. They tell you that the only way to have clear skin is to use a face wash, exfoliator, face scrub, toner, serums, suntan lotion, and face lotion (This is all at once, mind you). But the reality is that – yes, perhaps for your skin type you may need all of these steps to have blemish free skin – but blemish free is a far cry from wrinkle free. The actuality is that using an excessive amount of product on your skin does nothing but dry your skin out and – as we all know – dry skin is a playground for wrinkles and sagging skin.

Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods

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When it comes to foods that are high in antioxidants – goji berries, wild blueberries, elderberries, pecans, dark chocolate, and cranberries – they’re a one-two punch in helping to keep the skin youthful. Antioxidant foods are naturally anti-inflammatory and they help to rid your body of toxins. By being anti-inflammatory, foods rich in antioxidants help to reduce the amount of stress on the skin, thus leading to less ‘wear and tear’. By helping the body get rid of toxins, your face will have less discoloration (liver spots and under eye bags), thus giving you a more youthful look.

*Extra Tips

Drink ALOT of water!

Sleep on silk sheets

Reduce smoking and alcohol

Always wear suntan lotion

Get enough sleep

 

 

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