Many not-so-welcome changes come along as we get older. One of the most obvious changes comes on our faces, those dreaded wrinkles. Although it's a natural development in the aging process, preventing and reducing wrinkles is possible, given a nutrient rich diet, the right components in our face creams, as well as supplements. It's almost never too early to start and certainly never too late. Once you're in your 20s, the skin aging process is beginning. Here's how you can help yourself look your best, right into old age.
As you grow older, two proteins that naturally occur in your skin, collagen and elastin, gradually diminish. The unfortunate fact is that the older you get, the less you've got. The same goes for hyaluronic acid. These three are what keeps your skin elastic and firm – like young people.
The result of these decreased substances? Wrinkles! Even in your 20s, you may start noticing fine lines around your eyes and mouth. As time goes on, those infamous 'crow's feet', age spots and the full blown wrinkles put their marks on your face. Boo!
Collagen and elastin are bonded together by hyaluronic acid, forming fibers. So these three work hand in hand. Do face creams containing these three ingredients help in reducing wrinkles? It depends.
While some brands of face creams include collagen and elastin on the ingredient label, some less scrupulous manufacturers are including the whole proteins in the cream. These whole proteins will never actually be absorbed into your skin (the whole proteins are too large) and won't do anything but sit on the surface of your skin until washed off! This is a waste of money and the march of wrinkles proceeds.
Another problem we face in preventing and reducing wrinkles is due to a culprit enzyme called hyaluronidase, which destroys some of our ever-decreasing supply of hyaluronic acid. This means that the collagen and elastin can only bind to the remaining stores of hyaluronic acid.
Fortunately, nature has provided a way to increase your supply of hyaluronic acid, in the form of Wakame, a type of seaweed. In addition to keeping your collagen and elastin binding, wakame provides a number of health building nutrients, including protein, fiber, calcium, iodine and Omega-3 fatty acids. It's also packed with natural antioxidants, which help prevent free radical damage, a major cause of wrinkles. Antioxidants play an important role in preventing and reducing wrinkles, combatting the effects of pollution and a less than adequate diet.
You can also use soy products to increase your available supply of hyaluronic acid. Tofu and soy milk both contain isoflavones, giving you an added bonus in protecting your skin from UV damage!
Now, how can you increase your natural supply of collagen? Broccoli, oranges, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and Brussels sprouts contain plentiful amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which also promotes the production of collagen.
Rice and corn contain an essential amino acid, called threonine, which helps you produce both collagen and elastin.
As for dietary supplements, CoenzymeQ10 and vitamin E are important aids in preventing and reducing wrinkles. You can also apply vitamin E directly to trouble spots. Puncture the gel capsule with a pin and squeeze it on the skin. You'll probably want to make this an overnight treatment, as vitamin E is quite sticky and thick.
You can see that preventing and reducing wrinkles is a simple matter of knowing a few secrets!