The anti-aging market is a $44 billion industry as of 2020 statistics. The industry is projected to grow at 6.1% CAGR up to 2026. Every year, billions are spent on anti-wrinkling products and other age-related products. However, most young people are aging faster today than ever before. Some research studies blame changing lifestyles. What are the experts saying? What do most people miss in regards to anti-aging?
i. Refined Sugar Accelerates Aging
While we generally know that we become what we eat, most people don’t really know the foods that accelerate aging. Unhealthy diets will overrun the best skincare regimen, and sugars are to blame in most cases.
Sugars in all forms cause many bodily changes from the cellular level to the immune system, gut, hormones, and how our skin looks. The problem isn’t usually in eating sugars but excessive consumption. Excess sugar in the body has been linked to chronic inflammation. Considering research shows that chronic inflammation accelerates aging, the importance of cutting back on sugar is clear.
Inflammation makes the skin wrinkle and look tired. While sugar is a critical part of our diet, keep off highly processed foods packed with refined sugars. Sugars from cookies, candy, cereals, syrup, etc., should be replaced with sugars from healthy sources such as fresh fruits and natural sweeteners like stevia. Something as simple as getting rid of refined sugar in the diet results in brighter and better skin in a short time without making any other change.
ii. Antioxidants Are Your Friend
After getting rid of refined sugar, increase your antioxidant intake. Most people know a healthy diet is good for the skin. However, you need specifics to enjoy actionable results. You should concentrate on antioxidants if you are looking for an anti-aging solution.
Antioxidants slow down cell damage linked to free radicals. The best source of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables like blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, kale, beets, and spinach. As the body is processing food and reacting to the surrounding, free radicals are produced by cells. They are simply waste products. When the body can’t process and eliminate free radicals effectively, cells in every part of the body (including skin) are harmed.
Free radicals can rise dramatically in the body due to many factors ranging from inflammation to pollution and UV exposure. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals boosting overall health. In fact, antioxidant intake can protect the body from the effects of bad sugars on the skin.
iii. Swim and Rest
Your regular dermatologist may also withhold information on the best exercise for your skin. While most people think the type of exercise you do doesn’t really matter, studies have found out that swimming is a better anti-aging exercise than walking, running, or lifting weights. Swimming has direct and indirect skin health benefits that range from improving circulation and gently exfoliating the skin to flushing toxins and killing bacteria.
While swimming will do wonders for you, combine it with ample rest. Exercise on its own won’t do much. You must get ample sleep (approximately 8 hours or more) for your skin to heal itself and stay young. The skin needs deep sleep to go into recovery/repair mode. There is proof that skin recovers slowly from sun exposure, among other environmental stressors, when we are sleep-deprived. Skin also ages faster due to skin deprivation.
If you’re searching for a natural anti-aging solution, focus on sleeping approximately eight hours daily and swimming regularly.
iv. Protect Your Skin from Harmful Sunlight
UV exposure is responsible for 80% of all visible signs of skin aging, as per studies. Wrinkling, scalping, dry skin, and impaired pigmentation can all be linked to UV exposure. What most dermatologists “leave out” is that this problem can be easily addressed by wearing sunscreen.
Besides increasing skin cancer risks, the sun is responsible for red spots, brown spots, wrinkles, and other visible signs of skin aging. Exposing yourself to harmful sunlight for a few minutes daily slowly adds up and results in significant skin damage and aging. Applying sunscreen regularly when you expect to be exposed to peak sun is a better anti-aging tactic than using anti-aging creams.
v. Supplement With Collagen
Foods rich in antioxidants aren’t enough. You need collagen-rich foods as well. Collagen is the “building block” in our skin. The protein is responsible for skin elasticity, overall strength, and hydration.
With age, our bodies slow down collagen production naturally, resulting in drier skin and wrinkles. Collagen supplements can slow down collagen-related skin aging, and there are studies to prove this. Collagen supplements work by stimulating natural collagen production. The supplements can also promote the production of other skin proteins like fibrillin and elastin that also have anti-aging effects.
In summary, if you get rid of refined sugar in your diet, take more antioxidant-rich foods, swim, rest enough, protect your skin from harmful sunlight, and supplement with collagen, you may not require any anti-aging interventions for years.
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