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Natural Care for Wrinkles
Wrinkles form when the skin thins and looses its elasticity. The appearance of some wrinklesis due to aging, and is the most common common skin problem for women. One of the first signs of wrinkles normally appear around the eye, and is called " crow's feet". As time goes by the cheeks and lips are the next thing we notice. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and dryer, both factors contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
There are many factors that can contribute in the development of wrinkles some of which are: diet and nutrition, muscle tone, pollution, habitual facial expressions, chemicals, stress, improper skin care, and lifestylehabits such as smoking.
The most important factor is sun exposure, which is your skin's worst enemy, because dries the skin and leads to the generation of free radicals that can damage skin cells. Researches show that 90% of what we think os as sigs of age are actually sigs of overexposure to sunlight. Furthermore, approximately 70% of sun damage comes from everyday activities, as driving andwalking to and from your car.
The ultraviolet-A rays that cause this enormous damage are present all day long in all seasons. These ultraviolet-A rays wear away the elasticity of the skin, causing wrinkling. The worst part is that the effects of the sun are accumulative, although they may not be noticeable for many years.
Eat a balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, seeds, nuts and legumes.
Drink plenty of fluid every day. This help to keep the skin hydrated and to flush away toxins.
Obtain fatty acids from cold pressed vegetable oils.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes, they dry the skin encouraging the development of wrinkles. Also the smoking habit uses the lips muscles hundreds of times a day, whichcontributes wrinkling.
Always protect your skin from the sun applying a sunscreen with a sun protection factor ( SPF) of at least 15 to all exposed areas of the skin.
Avoid alcohol- based products. Use hazel or an herbal/ floral water instead.
Avoid using harsh soaps or solid cleansing creams, instead use natural oils such as avocado oil to remove dirt and makeup.
Do not apply heavy oils around the eye area before going to bed, it may cause the eye to be puffy in the morning
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