One of the challenges we face as we grow old is doing it gracefully.
We are always looking for the next best thing that will take years off our face and make us young and beautiful again. We spend thousands of dollars on creams, lotions, surgery, botox and fillers. For awhile we are happy but then it seems the results don't last or its not exactly what we want. So we are back on the hunt again.
Beauty is not just skin deep, there is more to it than what we think
What you eat can result in wrinkles later in life. At a recent lecture I attended, a doctor mentioned that sugar ages us quicker than smoking! Goodness! You would think he said the world was about to end! There was a collective gasp as the crowd looked at their sodas, lattes and baked goodies! A collective thought of “That can’t be true! Sugar is not that bad!”
Some nutrition experts believe that eating too much sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled. In an article in Prevention magazine, a reflection was made on what happens to the skin when we eat sugar. At blame is a natural process that's known as “glycation” where the sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules. This results in advanced glycation end products (AGEs for short). The more sugar consumed, the more AGEs developed.
"As AGEs accumulate, they damage adjacent proteins in a domino-like fashion," explains Fredric Brandt, MD, the author of 10 minutes 10 Years and a dermatologist with private practices in Miami and New York. He further notes the most vulnerable to this damage is the collagen and elastin which are the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. Brandt further notes that besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet also affects what type of collagen a person has, which is another factor in how resistant the skin is to wrinkling.
The most abundant collagen in the skin are Types I, II, and III. Type III is the most stable and longest lasting. Glycation transforms Type III collagen into Type I, which becomes more fragile. "When that happens, the skin looks and feels less supple," says Brandt. This is the final blow that AGEs deactivate your body's natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving it more vulnerable to sun damage, which is still the main cause of skin aging.
The good news about sugar-damaged skin is that it's never too late to turn back the clock. One important cure is to build new collagen. This is where essential oils come into play.. Wrinkles occur as we mature, and as we lose oxygen to the tissues. These oils oxygenate the tissues and thereby slow down the premature aging of the skin.
These individual essential therapeutic oils may be beneficial, you may try the following suggestions. You have nothing to lose but your wrinkles!
Wrinkles (around the eyes) - You maycombine 1 drop each of frankincense, lavender, and lemon essential oil with 1 tsp. of coconut, jojoba or grapeseed oil. Apply at night around eyes. It has been said that it works like magic! (Do not apply lemon oil around the eyes and go out into the direct sun, it is suggested to apply at night, wait 12 hours before going out into sun)
DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS THAT ARE NOT THERAPEUTIC GRADE. YOU MAY NOT ACHIEVE THE SAME RESULTS AND USING SUB STANDARD OILS COULD RESULT IN INJURY.
Please remember this is information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe. Do not discontinue any medications without speaking with your practitioner. You are in charge of your health. Do your research and chose wisely.
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Thanks a TON for those recipes! I have been wondering what I can do for wrinkles AND saggy skin! I will be trying those out for sure! I can always count on you for sharing what helps the best!
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