Posted by on 10/20/2014

There comes a time when your skin starts to lose its youthful glow and dreaded wrinkles begin set in. The visible signs of aging don’t always have the most positive effects on your self-esteem.

Most women don’t realize exactly what it is that causes skin to sag and wrinkle. Here’s the secret: The topmost layer of your skin (the one that’s under the most visible layer) is full of proteins, collagen and elastin, and over time the layer becomes weak and loses its elasticity, causing it to sag.

Skin damage is also caused by natural thinning that occurs over the years. Gravity is another reason that skin loses its youthfulness and starts to sag in addition to sun exposure.

Preventing the effects of aging

While there’s nothing you can do to prevent aging, there are natural skin-care solutions to help with the anti-aging solution you’re in search of:

Stay hydrated: Your body is made of mostly water, so it’s no wonder that you need plenty of it to stay healthy. You should also be drinking enough water – eight-8 ounce glasses per day – to help stave off the effects of aging. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin hydrated.

Find a good moisturizer: Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry, moisturize anyway. You’d be surprised to find just how better your skin not only looks but also feels when you apply lotion everyday.

Exercise: You’ll quickly learn that many of the same things they tell you to do in order to maintain a healthy body are also good for preventing the effects of aging. This includes exercising regularly. When you engage in the appropriate amount of physical activity – 30 minutes per day –  you can maintain healthy blood circulation and nourish the skin from the inside out.

Eat healthy: To really keep your skin looking young, eat at least five daily servings to fruits and vegetables. Stay away from junk food because it will have a harmful effect on your body due to the amount of the sugars and fats found in them.

Stay out of the sun: No matter how good it feels to sit in the sun and tan , you should never overexpose your skin to the sun. Anytime you’re going to be in the sun make sure that you have sunscreen that has at least 30 SPF. If possible, stay out of the sun in the middle of the afternoon when the rays can be the most damaging to your skin.

Don’t smoke and cut back on alcohol: While it’s nice to wind down with a glass of wine after a busy day, you don’t want to drink too much. Not only does alcohol affect your overall health but it shows on the skin much more than you’d think. You already know that smoking is bad for your lungs and heart health, so you shouldn’t be doing it anyway, but it can also create wrinkles and affect the blood circulation to your face. To avoid crow’s feet and sagging skin around your eyes, stay away from tobacco.

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