Anti Aging Secrets
As a naturopathic doctor, I am always looking for ways to make my patients feel and look their absolute best. Over the years, I've learned some secrets that are easy and can be done at home, to keep you looking young by maintaining your collagen levels and keeping your skin healthy and supple.
The first thing to do is to really take an honest look at your stress levels. A lot of our facial expressions, which lead to lines, deep furrows and wrinkles, start from being stressed. Try to be more aware of your facial expressions during times of stress, as it's that constant contraction of the facial muscle that causes the deep lines. Your hormones can affect your collagen levels in your skin. Particularly for women, it's really important to balance our hormones as we age.
Next, is to drink enough water. It's so important to keep your body and your skin hydrated. It's one of the most important things you can do to keep your body hydrated from the inside out. The other thing to protect your cell membranes, especially in your skin cells, is essential fatty acids or high quality Omega-3's. The safest way to get these today is a good quality fish oil supplement. We've actually created VitaFish Oil, easy-to-take, orange-flavoured capsules with a high concentration of the essential DHA as well as EPA that helps to maintain the cell structure. You need antioxidants, as we are all exposed to free radicals on a daily basis that can damage the cells in our bodies, leaving them susceptible to cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. All the super foods, the fruits and vegetables, like the berries, are concentrated with antioxidants to help fight the damage from the free radicals that have accumulated and can cause damage to the skin as well over time.
We also want to make sure we are using chemical-free products on our skin, as the chemicals can actually speed up the aging process. I am always checking and looking up any ingredients in my skin care, I want to make sure they are as natural as possible. One of the best ingredients to use on your skin is natural Coconut Oil. You can use this even on your face and it will not cause break outs. It can be a bit shiny when you first apply it, so I would use it when you're home. It's a phenomenal moisturizer, extremely hydrating, you can almost see your skin cells come back to life after using it for a while.
Facial exercises can do wonders for your skin; we have a number of videos here on the VitaTree channel (YouTube) so be sure to check them out and get into the habit of doing them daily. Facial yoga is a wonderful way of actually toning the muscles under the skin and can help prevent sagging skin and minimize the look of wrinkles and lines. It can be a great, easy and painless way to keep your skin looking youthful and supple.
Finally, using natural supplements that help to build collagen can really help. I created Vita Tree Hair, Skin & Nails to help build up the collagen and elastin levels in your skin. The key ingredients: MSM which helps with your keratin cross-linking, Silica which is a natural mineral helps to restore the balance and maintain the hydration under your skins surface and Lysine an amino acid that is one of the building blocks of collagen and keratin.
Keeping young-looking doesn't have to be painful or expensive. Taking the natural route is often the best choice. Your good health lies in your hands. Vita Tree supplements are created to help make the vibrant Vita Life easy to achieve!
To Your Health & Wellness!
Dr. Janine Bowring