Everyone gets older and that is an inevitable process. The good news is that the aging process can be slowed down and the effects of aging can be reduced by different foods and natural remedies.

The age effects on your skin might also caused by sun exposure, oxidization, cell division and diet.
That is why, by consuming the needed vitamins and nutrients on a regular basis your skin will look healthier, younger, smoother and without blemishes and wrinkles.

If you want to achieve this you will have to avoid this factors that have a negative effect over our skin:

– Dehydration – our skin can be affected by water deficiency in our body, because heart and liver are the main body priorities.

– Unprotected and excessive exposure to sun cause free radical damage, because free radicals will take electrons from the stable molecules and in turn they will become free radicals, which will cause a chain reaction that can cause skin damage.

– Smoking causes wrinkles. The reason is because cigarettes contain carbon monoxide which can reduce circulation.

That is why the capillaries located around the mouth actually cannot get enough nutrients, which leads to wrinkle appearance.

– Sugars that are attach to lipids; proteins and DNA actually cause damage to them and also damage the surrounding skin tissues. This causes creation of advanced glycosylation end products (AGEs) that actually accelerate the aging by causing cell death.

– Stress can shorten the cell telomeres and it can damage the DNA. In order to produce proteins we need telomeres and if they get damaged the cells will die. Having a healthy skin is important for optimal cellular health.

– Inactivity: exercising can boosts the blood flow to the skin and it also supports the transport of nutrients in the entire body.

For skin health we need the following foods that can rejuvenate our skin and also maintain our younger look:

1. Oranges contain a lot of vitamin C and this is important for producing collagen that heals bruises and wounds and it can recover irritations and scars and help for producing anti-stress hormones which fight aging. This will cause skin hydration, because they are full of water.

2. Carrots contain a lot of beta-carotene and this prevents damage because of sun exposure and people who have hardened skin condition called Scleroderma have deficiency of it. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant and it can reduce wrinkles and it can build collagen that can boost the elasticity of skin. Carrots also contain:

• Healthy fats;
• Vitamin A;
• Water.

3. Bananas contain a lot of potassium and magnesium and they also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan that is converted in melatonin and serotonin, that can improve the sleep, relax the body, and keep your skin soft and smooth.

4. Salmon contains a lot of Omega 3s that can rejuvenate the skin. It can reduce inflammation because of the chemicals and it can strengthen the cell membranes so you can have plumper skin. It also contains a lot of:

• Vitamin B;
• Vitamin C;
• Potassium.

5. In 100 grams of white beans there is 29% of the daily recommended dosage of potassium. Potassium can also hydrate the cells, it can regulate the transfer of nutrients to the cells and it can regulate the cellular water balance and the cellular integrity. They also contain a lot of:

• Zinc;
• Vitamin E;
• Omega 3’s.

6. Spinach contains a lot of vitamin E that neutralizes free radicals, protects the cell membranes and prevents skin aging and it also contains a lot of:

• Vitamin A;
• Vitamin C;
• Beta-carotene;
• Alpha Lipoic Acid;
• Potassium;
• Omega 3’s.

7. Lentils contain a lot of zinc that can regulate the oil gland activity; it can prevent acne formation and can support production of collagen. They also contain a lot of:

• Vitamin C;
• Potassium.

8. Asparagus contains a lot of folate that can manage stress and slow down aging. It also contains a lot of:

• Vitamin E;
• Potassium;
• Vitamin A;
• Vitamin C;
• Zinc;
• Omega 3s.

9. Flaxseed Oil is full of Alpha Linolenic acid that can regulate the blood sugar, it can prevent free radical damage, and it can protect us against damage because of the invaders on a cellular level. Additionally it contains:

• Omega-3s;
• Healthy fats;
• Vitamin E.

10. Avocados are full of healthy monosaturated fats that can help with the absorption of different vitamins and nutrients and it can hydrate the skin. Additionally, they contain:

• Vitamin A;
• Vitamin C;
• Zinc.

11. Sweet potatoes contain a lot of vitamin A and it can maintain the healthy texture and glow of the skin and it can support the cells health. They are full of:

• Vitamin C;
• Potassium.

Additionally, you can use different homemade masks that can help you to improve your skin. This is one amazing DIY mask for lightening sand brightening:

You will need:

– 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon of yoghurt
– 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder

Directions: if you have dull looking skin, just combine all of these ingredients and apply the mask on your face. Once it is dry, you should wash your face with lukewarm water and your face will be refreshed and bright.

The yoghurt contains lactic acid that will moisturize your skin and make it smoother. While you wash your face you should rub the ingredients in your face for a gentle exfoliation.