Getting older is a natural part of life. But just because the years go by, doesn’t mean you can’t age with grace. And one of the best ways to do this is to take care of your skin. Specifically, to ward off future wrinkles and reduce the ones you currently have. In fact, with the right diet and overall lifestyle habits you can look several years (even decades) younger.
Not surprising, the same foods that keep your heart healthy and waistline trim also stop your skin from aging. And while most of these do so from the “inside” (i.e. after eating them) some you can apply topically for an even greater effect.
So, let’s dive into the details…
Natural Wrinkle Fighter #1: Blueberries. Since wrinkles are the result of free radical damage (e.g. from too much sun exposure) antioxidants are the perfect antidote. And blueberries are one of nature’s most concentrated sources of the latter. They taste great too so make these a staple of your every day diet to keep your skin young and healthy.
Having said that, you can’t expect to fry yourself in the sun and reverse the damage with just blueberries. Nevertheless, some sun exposure is necessary (e.g. 30 minutes per day) for vitamin D formation. So, strike a balance here and use blueberries as your skin’s “insurance policy”.
Natural Wrinkle Fighter #2: Fatty Fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring are your skin’s best friend. They come packed with omega-3 fatty acids. And while the latter is mostly associated with heart health, the benefits to your skin should not be overlooked.
Omega-3’s have been shown to decrease photoaging (sun damage), improve elasticity, and maintain hydration. The combined effect is younger, healthier skin. Furthermore, they’re great for your hair and nails too. So eat fish a couple of times per week (at least) if you want to age gracefully.
Natural Wrinkle Fighter #3: Olive Oil. Olive oil comes with many of the benefits of fatty fish (not to mention, it makes for a mean salad dressing). But aside from eating it, you can also apply it to your skin for topical wrinkle reduction.
A popular home remedy suggests using white vinegar to clean your face then applying a few drops of olive oil and massaging it on your face and neck. The former is an astringent which tightens pores and removes grease. And by adding the latter combined with a light massage, your skin can remain hydrated and supple, thus limiting the occurrence of wrinkles.
Natural Wrinkle Fighter #4: Bananas. While there’s no science backing the use of bananas to remove wrinkles, many swear by this method to do just that. Heck, it can hurt to try it. Perhaps you’ll get great results too. Here’s what to do…
Mash a quarter of a banana well until it turns into a cream. Apply it to all over your face (being careful not to get it into your eyes). Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes, then wash it off with cold water. Finally, pat dry your skin and you’re ready to go.
Again, you wont find any medical journals touting this approach but it’s a heck of a lot of fun. And together with the other wrinkle fighting suggestions, you have more than enough “weapons” to keep this sign of aging at bay.