Aging is a natural process.
But in western society, it’s one we tend to dread and aging skin, in particular, can be our vice.
For men and many women, nothing shows you are growing older other than wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin.
Is this necessarily a bad thing? Not at all!
However, it is diﬃcult to accept when our culture values youth and beauty and tends to depreciate older age – which is why many turn to fillers, creams, and surgery to combat this inevitable part of life.
But are there natural options to keeping skin looking healthy as we age? Absolutely!
Following are 5 ways to show your beauty no matter your age – from the inside out!
- Eat Pro-Inflammatory Foods
We all know a healthy diet is good for fighting oﬀ disease and keeping our bodies in shape, but it is also vital for glowing skin.
Pro-inflammatory foods and herbs such as, but not limited to:
– Blueberries and other berries
– Spinach and other leafy greens
– Green Tea
– Dark Chocolate
are full of phytonutrients and omega 3 fatty acids, which are powerhouses for keeping skin looking fresh and youthful.
Phytonutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, beta carotene, and resveratrol, as well as others, help repair sun damage that has been done and protect it in the future. Omega 3 fatty acids work to reduce inflammation from this damage as well.
So stock up on these protective and repair building foods and drink!
- Increase Collage Intake
Collagen is a protein that connects the body and keeps it together – with the skin being a major way it does this!
When wrinkles and sagging skin are apparent, it’s a sign that collagen is decreasing in the body – a natural part of aging as well as an eﬀect of smoking and/or sun/UV rays. By increasing the amount of collagen we intake, we can work to increase the elasticity of our skin which can downplay those unwanted wrinkles and sags.
To increase your collagen intake, we recommend two options:
– Organic Bone Broth (pre-made or homemade)
– Whole Body Collagen by Designs for Health®
And the great news about increasing our collagen is that we are also helping our joints and bones at the same time we are supporting our skin!
- Weight Train
Working out is good all around, but weight training in particular is fantastic for our skin. Lifting weights has a crucial eﬀect on how eﬀectively our bodies balance sugar. It keeps our insulin resistance in regulated, which is beneficial for our skin.
When we eat too much sugar, or it is not kept in check, it can create extra oils in our skin that clog pores as well as inflammation and a decrease in collagen, leading too puﬃness, wrinkles, and even acne.
Try weight training HIIT workouts, weight training gym classes, or free weights on your own to fight those wrinkles!
- Try a Paradigm Shift
Doing all of the above and still having trouble accepting your aging skin? It’s no wonder with a culture that markets youth as value and markets it every chance it gets.
We find that one of the most diﬃcult things we can do when it comes to aging skin, but may be the most important, is that of our perspective.
As we age, we can feel that our value in society is decreasing. We can begin to feel insecure with ourselves and start to look outside to feel better. We know we should be growing healthier and wiser, but secretly, we can feel minimized by our aging looks.
However, a shift in our paradigm can be just the thing to get some of that self-love back. Rather than looking your best, try living your best.
Are you eating healthy? Exercising? Performing fulfilling work? Contributing to your community? Nurturing your relationships?
Connecting with our heart rather than with our looks can be tough – but incredibly worth it.
The next time you consider an artificial treatment for your aging skin, think about if it will really bring on inner peace in your life. Will it fulfill you to get rid of that frown line? Or would volunteering at a local non-profit bring you more inner joy and purpose?
- Be Loving to Yourself
Stress can play a major role in looking older. And not only do we see it, but we can feel it as well.
When we find ourselves under chronic stress we may start to see those fine lines, wrinkles, and just plain dull skin creep up. Stress encourages high levels of cortisol, which can deplete our bodies of that important collagen, making us look older faster.
Be kind and loving to yourself!
This means taking a break, scheduling time to relax, having an acupuncture appointment, enjoying a warm bath, a good book, a funny movie, a date with friends, etc.
In addition to acupuncture, supplements such as:
– NeuroCalm™ by Designs for Health®
– Lavela WS 1265™ by Integrative Therapeutics®
– Adrenal Response® by Innate Formulas
can all help calm your mind and support your nervous system in relaxing. Contact our oﬃce at (303) 688-6698 to pick up any of these supplements.
What can you do starting now to love yourself and your skin?
Do you find yourself having challenges with the aging process? Do you have small obsessions that you wish you could release in order to enjoy life more?
If so, know that this is common. And we can help you.
If you live in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, or the Grater Denver Metro area and would like to talk with someone about aging, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves to share your concerns and find out what you can do about them.
Yes, aging is a natural part of life. Let’s also make sure it’s a beautiful one.
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