Is your Diet Giving You Wrinkles? Ageing is a part of the natural cycle of life. Still, ageing gracefully is easier said than done. Greying hair, skin wrinkles and lines are simply inevitable side effects of ageing. What are wrinkles anyway? Fine lines and wrinkles are those thin lines that appear on the softer areas of our face, neck and hands. Heavier wrinkles happen due to decreased elasticity of the skin, the skin sags and where this happens you get deep folding wrinkles. No one exactly looks forward to wrinkles, but whether we like it or not, ageing and wrinkled skin go hand in hand. Along with the natural aging process, exposure to sun, wind and environmental elements can cause the appearance of wrinkles at a younger age than you would naturally expect them. You may notice premature ageing of your skin if you’ve had a lot of exposure to sunlight over the years. Genetic factors can also increase your chances of producing wrinkles and defining lines at a younger age as well. Rapid weight loss over a short time span also causes development of wrinkles as the looser skin can sag. Smokers are especially prone to the early development of wrinkles. Those with lighter complexions can also experience the premature appearance of wrinkles, while those with darker complexions are less prone to their development. I remember years ago Tina Turner was asked about the secret of her youthful looks. Her witty reply was “Black don’t crack” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Free radical damage is considered to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to skin damage and the early onset of wrinkles. These free radicals can damage the skin by breaking down the skins’ support structures. They diminish elasticity of your skin, the resilience of skin is lost and the aging process sets in. There are simple steps you can take that can delay this process. Antioxidants are thought to reduce the damage caused by free radicals and are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. The following vitamins are rich in these anti-ageing free radical busters: Vitamins A, C, and E, Beta Carotene, Selenium and Zinc. By taking in foods and vitamins rich in antioxidants and using antioxidant rich skin care products, you may be able to slow down the appearance of ageing and minimize the onset of wrinkles. Ask your skincare expert what anti-oxidant skincare regimen would work best for you.
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