“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been” Mark Twain
As we get older our skins loses its springiness and becomes thinner and drier which means that the lines and groves that appear naturally when we smile, laugh or frown tend to just stay on our faces rather than magically disappearing as they did when we were in our teens. Today there is a multi-billion pound industry whose sole purpose is to provide us with lotions and potions which claim to reverse this perfectly natural process but do they actually work?
Well, let’s face it, nothing is going to turn the clock back 30 years but many skin care products will make a difference because they contain ingredients which are known to help reverse the damage caused by our environment and our lifestyles i.e anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. They also usually contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea extract and humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin which are designed to help your skin retain moisture. A brief search on the internet for ‘best face cream’ will deliver such a bewildering array of products that it’s difficult to know where to start but it’s pretty much agreed by those in the know that, cheap or expensive, the skin on our faces does benefit from moisturizers.
The next question is can we do anything other than use face creams to preserve our youthful complexion for as long as possible and the answer is yes!
There are the things that we’ve had drummed into us for years: stop smoking, stay away from sunbeds, wear a sunscreen etc. etc. but we can also make sure that we take in all those anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that are found in face creams from the foods that we eat:
Vitamin A: beef liver, green vegetables, carrots, butter and eggs
Vitamin C: Oranges and other citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, peppers and tomatoes
Vitamin E: Almonds, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, goji berries and sunflower seeds
Anti-inflammatory: Ginger, green leafy vegetables, fatty fish, almonds and walnuts.
Obviously, if we want our skin to stay hydrated we need to make sure that we’re taking on plenty of fluids; the most natural choice is water as our skin is made up of 64% water to start with but we can also include drinks which contain anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories such as matcha tea and juices made from oranges, carrots and spinach.
We will all age, that’s a given, but we can still have beautiful skin and, let’s face it, as long as most of the wrinkles are laughter lines what’s the problem?