'TIPS FOR TURNING BACK TIME'
We'll let you in on a few secrets...
There are plenty of natural approaches to keeping our skin looking healthy and young. Here are our top 3 tips...
Lets talk facts.
The adult human body is approximately made up of 60% water. Water has five primary functions in our bodies: it carries essential nutrients to cells, removes waste products from our bodies, breaks down and transports nutrients in what we eat, regulates our body temperatures, and lubricates our joints. By drinking enough water, it also helps to reduce blood pressure, prevent kidney damage, helps weight loss (by speeding up our metabolism) and boosts performance during exercise. Health experts suggest we should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses (2 litres a day) of water to benefit from all of the above.
So how is water good for our skin?
Hydration is key for radiant, vibrant glowing skin. Fine lines can appear simply because we are dehydrated. Drinking enough of this hero drink can help reduce the signs of ageing.
As we mentioned above, water flushes out toxins from our vital organs whilst also carrying nutrients to the cells, helping the organs to function at optimum levels. This helps to prevent some skin conditions such as acne.
Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. They help ward off cell damage by “cleaning up” or removing waste products in our cells before they cause harm.
Why are antioxidants good for our skin?
The main benefits we associate with antioxidants are;
- Slower signs of ageing
- Scar treatment
- Repair of sun damage
- Anti inflammation
Most antioxidants can be found in plant based foods and here are the top 5;
- Dark Chocolate (Yes, you read that right. Dark chocolate contains two groups of antioxidants, 'flavonoids' and 'polyphenols'. The higher cocoa percentage the higher amount of antioxidants you'll consume.)
- Berries (Blueberries, raspberries and Goji berries in particular are all rich in antioxidants).
- Spinach (This leafy green wonder machine is not only really low in calories, it has large quantities of vitamin A. This moderates the production of oil in the skin pores and hair follicles.
It is this oil that can build up to cause acne. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.
Avocados (This butter-like fruit is almost too delicious to be a super food. Avocados are full of nutrients and they also contain over 7 vitamins including vitamin E, C, B5 and B6. Avocados also contain traces of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. All of these vitamins are proven to promote new collagen resulting in strong, healthy skin.
Although the following tea's are rich in antioxidants, they deserve a medal (paragraph) of their own. Not only can certain tea's prevent the appearance of ageing they can also promote healthy weight loss and lower the risk of cancer.
Green tea is probably the most healthiest tea on the list. Filled with polyphenols, it has effects like reducing inflammation and helps to fight against cancer. Due to the anti-inflammatory activities, green tea is known to prevent wrinkles.
Chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flowers, this tea also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Thanks to its antibacterial contents, chamomile tea can help to reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. As stress can cause breakouts, the calming effects of chamomile tea helps to prevent this. Chamomile tea can also protect us from sun damage due to containing quercetin.
You may already know that peppermint tea is great for an upset stomach but what you probably didn't know was that the menthol in peppermint makes this tea slows down oil production in our skin and encouraging new cell production. This gets rid of dead skin cells and makes your skin stay consistently glowing. It can also boost estrogen levels which can help fight acne and hormonal issues.