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Wrinkles and Nutrition Recommendations

Wrinkles form when the skin loses its elasticity. As long as the skin is supple, any creasing of the skin disappears as soon as you stop making the expression that caused it. But skin that has lost its suppleness retains the lines formed by smiling or frowning, for instance, even after you have assumed a more neutral expression. Over time, these lines deepen into wrinkles.

Some amount of wrinkling is a result of aging and is probably inevitable; not matter what you do, you will develop some lines if you simply live long enough. The first signs of wrinkles usually appear in the delicate tissue around the eyes—smile lines or “crow’s feet.” The cheeks and lips show damage next.

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and dryer, both of which contribute to the formation of wrinkles. But other factors help to determine the rate and the extent of wrinkling, including diet and nutrition, muscle tone, habitual facial expressions, stress, proper skin care (or lack thereof), exposure to environmental pollutants, and lifestyle habits such as smoking. Heredity probably also plays a role.

The most important factor of all is sun exposure, which not only dries out the skin, but also leads to the generation of free radicals that can damage the skin cells. The sun is your skin’s worst enemy. It is estimated that 90 percent of what we think of as signs of age are actually signs of overexposure to sunlight.

Furthermore, overexposure does not necessarily mean sunbathing or sunburn; approximately 70 percent of sun damage occurs during such everyday activities as driving and walking to and from your car. The ultraviolet-A (UVA) rays that do this damage are present all day long and in all seasons. These rays erode the elastic tissues in the skin, causing wrinkling. Worse, the effects of the sun are cumulative, although they may not be obvious for many years.

Recommendations

Eat a well-balanced diet that includes many and varied fruits and vegetables, preferably raw, to provide your skin with the nutrients it needs; also eat whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes

Drink at least 2 quarts of water daily, even if you don’t feel thirsty; this helps to keep the skin hydrated and to flush out toxins, which helps prevent wrinkles

Obtain fatty acids from cold-pressed vegetable oils; avoid saturated and animal fats

Do not smoke, and avoid alcohol and caffeine; all of these substances dry out the skin making it more vulnerable to wrinkling; additionally, the smoking habit means pursing one’s lips hundreds of times each day; the creases that form when you inhale from a cigarette often develop into wrinkles at a comparatively early age

No matter what your age or skin type is, protect yourself from the sun; always apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at last 15 to all exposed areas of the skin, especially your face, regardless of the season or the weather; sun exposure is the single greatest source of skin damage

Avoid using harsh soaps or solid cleansing creams such as cold cream on your face; use natural oils such as avocado oil to remove dirt and old makeup

Aloe vera has soothing, healing, and moisturizing properties; apply pure aloe vera gel to dry skin as directed on the product label

Wrinkle lines from the lips toward the nose may also be due to a deficiency of Vitamin B2

Researchers studying premature aging have found that Vitamin E may help prevent wrinkling

Supplement your diet with one or more of the following nutrients:

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)—Has been shown to help prevent wrinkling of the skin

Evening Primrose Oil—Good healer for dermatitis, acne, and most other skin disorders; this oil contains linoleic acid, which is needed by the skin

Vitamin A—Necessary for healing and construction of new skin tissue

Beta Carotene—Antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A

Vitamin B Complex—Anti-stress and anti-aging vitamins

Vitamin B12—Take in addition to B Complex as ant-aging vitamin

Kelp—Supplies balanced minerals needed for good skin tone

Selenium—An antioxidant that works synergistically with Vitamin E

Silica—Important for skin strength and elasticity; Nutrina’s Horsetail herb supplies large amounts of silica

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids—Necessary for the formation of collagen, a protein that gives the skin its flexibility; also fights free radicals and strengthens the capillaries that feed the skin

Vitamin E—Protects against free radicals that can damage the skin and contribute to aging; use d-alpha-tocopherol form

Zinc—For tissue strength and repair

For a more in-depth discussion of the causes of Wrinkles and their recommended nutritional treatment, consult Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, and James F. Balch, M.D.

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