My favourite natural strategies for maintaining youthful skin

Rosehips are rich in Vit.C ...my mother-in-law's natural skincare drink! Image: Wikimedia Commons

According to this source article, …” collagen-containing products don’t work is that the collagen molecules are just too large to get inside the skin and do their job of rebuilding. In short, they are simply imposters. You must build collagen from the inside out…

Collagen-Boosting Nutrients
The inside-to-outside approach is always your best bet for health and beauty. To look younger, your body must produce new collagen cells in your skin. You must consume foods that help your body protect the collagen it has, while providing the building blocks it needs to build new collagen fibers.

Cold water fish, such as salmon, sardines, cod, mackerel, and tuna are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that keep skin soft and supple. Eating three to four ounces at least twice a week gives you good amounts of these essential fatty acids. If you are vegan, you can take two Tbsp. of flax seed oil daily instead.

Garlic contains sulfur, which helps your body produce collagen. Garlic contains taurine and lipoid acid, which support damaged collagen fibers. Make garlic a regular component of your meat dishes, stews, beans, soups, ethnic meals, and pasta.

Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which inhibits collagenases. Collagenases are enzymes that destroy collagen. While many foods have higher nutrient values when they are eaten raw, tomatoes actually contain greater amounts of lycopene when they are cooked. Enjoy liberal doses of stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, marinara sauce, and spaghetti sauce.

Vitamin C: Collagen-Boosting Supernutrient
Vitamin C is critical for collagen production in the skin. Therefore, you’ll want to make it a priority to eat foods high in Vitamin C.

Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of Vitamin C. And of course, we all know that citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are good sources of Vitamin C. That is true. However, did you know that even though these foods ARE good sources of Vitamin C, they are NOT THE BEST sources?

That’s right. A number of other fruits and vegetables contain superior amounts of Vitamin C to citrus fruit! Surprisingly, for you guys and gals that love spicy foods, hot chili peppers is THE TOP PICK for Vitamin C – both the red and green varieties! I always knew there was a reason to love salsa. Ola!!

Vitamin C-containing superfoods are . . . . .

hot peppers!
sweet peppers
guavas
blackcurrants
lychees
oranges and grapefruits
dark leafy greens
peaches
kiwi
tomatoes.

According to this article, a few keys to building collagen are:

“Amino Acids
According to Dr. Howard Murad, a board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at Los Angeles, collagen production within the body’s connective tissue depends on adequate levels of amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids, which can’t be manufactured by the body itself and must be obtained through diet. Generally, animal sources such as poultry, fish, cheese, milk, and eggs provide all nine essential amino acids.

Lysine and Proline
According to “The World’s Healthiest Foods,” collagen fibers are comprised largely of hydroxylysine and hydroxyproline. Although there is insufficient evidence to draw a clear connection between foods rich in lysine or proline and collagen synthesis, foods high in these amino acids may support collagen formation. Lysine is an essential amino acid and must be obtained through foods; proline, on the other hand, is a non-essential amino acid that can be manufactured in the body. Good sources of lysine include lean meats and legumes. For optimal collagen synthesis, however, add dietary sources of proline such as egg whites and wheat germ.
Anthocyanidins
Fruits rich in the bioflavonoid anthocyandins, according to WHFoods, have been shown to link collagen fibers and support the connective tissue matrix. Anthocyanidins are present in deep red and purple food sources such as cherries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. According to Michael T. Murray in his book, “Healing Foods,” anthocyanidins increase vitamin C levels in cells, protect against free-radical damage and help prevent the destruction of collagen in skin and connective tissue.

Supporting Nutrients
According to “Healing Foods,” the nutrients vitamin C and copper (available naturally from copperlined-pipe-carried drinking tap water) are of particular importance in collagen production and tissue repair.
Read more here.

5 foods to help you look your best
Ageing, pollution, stress and fatigue can all take their toll on our appearance. From wrinkles to under-eye circles and eye bags to acne, the effects of our lifestyles can display themselves on our faces before we even start to feel them. Luckily, there is no need to opt for surgery just yet. By eating the right foods and paying attention to your diet, you can drastically improve your appearance. Here are our top five foods for a natural facelift.

Spinach

Spinach, like many other dark green leafy vegetables, is rich in an antioxidant called lutein. Not only is this great for healthy eyes, but more recent research has shown that it is also good for preventing wrinkles by helping to retain the skin’s moisture and elasticity, increasing lipid levels and preventing damage caused by free radicals.

The benefits of spinach do not stop there, however, as the leafy vegetable also has the power to reduce dark circles under the eyes due to its high levels of vitamins K and C. Although there are many reasons behind dark circles – such as tiredness and heredity – one of the roots can be poor circulation. In cases where this is a problem, increasing your intake of vitamins K and C can alleviate them by helping to boost circulation and strengthening capillary walls.

Oysters

Besides being a well known aphrodisiac, oysters can also enhance your beauty. If you are suffering from pale, sallow skin or dark circles under your eyes, this may be due to vitamin B12 or iron deficiencies, both of which can cause anaemia. To beat pasty skin, try boosting your intake of these essential nutrients by stocking up on oysters, which have high levels of both. Other good sources include seaweed, clams and mussels.

Garlic

It may not be the most fragrant of foods, but garlic is a superfood that can have great skin benefits. As a natural antibiotic with blood cleansing, immune boosting, antibacterial properties, garlic is an effective, cheap and healthy way to help naturally treat acne. While there are many reasons people suffer from spots, garlic – particularly when eaten raw and crushed – can help reduce future breakouts, while its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the swelling and inflammation of acne.

Avocados

Avocados often get a bad press due to their high levels of fats, however the healthy fats contained in an avocado can actually do wonders for your skin. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, avocados can help to moisturise your skin from the inside and increase collagen production, helping to prevent wrinkles. The anti-inflammatory properties of avocado are also good for helping to reduce acne and psoriasis, while the high levels of vitamin E will help to keep your skin supple and prevent premature ageing.

Bananas

Many people know that fluid retention is the primary cause of belly bloating, but it can also be responsible for a puffy face and bags under the eyes. Fortunately, fluid retention can be treated through the diet by redressing the body’s sodium/potassium balance. As these two minerals work against each other to balance water in the body, too little potassium – or too much salt – is one of the most common causes of water retention. Redress this by increasing your intake of potassium through foods such as bananas. Other potassium rich foods include strawberries, melon and papaya; making a fresh fruit salad a great choice for a supple, youthful face.

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In addition these foods that are readily served in our home, I often have face-packs while relaxing in a hot-tub, really one of the very few luxuries I have. See this advice / tip I follow:

“A good anti aging product must be high in antioxidants, moisturizes, necessary vitamins, minerals and proteins.

Free radicals are proven to be the leading contributing factor in the aging procedure. these free radicals are elements that are associated with day-to-day living such as pollution, sunshine (UV rays), allergens, chemical compounds etc. Anti-oxidants are shown to reduce the results free radicals have on our skin and health.

Something to moisturize and support your skin and also giving the skin with the vitamins, minerals and proteins it needs to guard and reconstruct.

Vitamin C is the obvious choice it helps to shield your skin for starters though it really depends on the remainder of the mixture of the product. It is a mega anti oxidant so protects along with helps to rebuild the skin

Other than food diet, other strategies I resort to are the following:

Active Manuka Honey has wonderful properties for the skin. Such as honey has long been recognized for possessing excellent properties for skin care Manuka Honey has an exceptionally dominant antioxidant and also being abundant in all the important vitamins, minerals and proteins. Manuka Honey is the complete ingredient for skin care and in several cases has reversed chronic skin ailments.

Products with essential oils for instance Kiwi Fruit Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba oil and Babassu Oil. These oils are abundant with vitamins and nutrition which help feed and repair damaged skin cells.

Co enzyme Q10 has gained a great deal of publicity with all due cause. This is certainly a tremendous anti oxidant which helpsin reversing the damages of skin attributable to oxidation

Phytessence Wakam is a unique type of ocean Kelp it is a very effective natural healer. The Japanese have used this for hundreds of years to cure skin issues.

… just a few outstanding natural ingredients to counter the anti aging process.

Source: Natural ingredients for anti-aging

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