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11/17/2014 12:50 PM grooming • 0 Comments

Why is My Skin Weathered?

If you haven’t already, chances are you’ll wake up one day, look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Why does my skin look so weathered?”

 

Irritation, redness, soreness, and swelling all equal inflammation, which plays a vital role in your skin looking tired and aged. These symptoms are ways for your body to transmit a message to start the healing process. No matter what type of inflammation you endure, know that it’s the process of your skin aging right before your eyes.

 

Here’s the breakdown on inflammation:

 

  • It’s the body’s attempt to protect from and remove harmful stimuli and begin the healing process

 

  • Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response

 

  • Irritation is the first stage of inflammation

 

  • Suppuration follows inflammation, which is the discharging of pus

 

  • Granulation stage follows in the form of wounds, tiny rounded masses of tissue that materialize during healing

 

There are two categories when it comes to inflammation:

 

Acute – the body’s natural protective response to an injury. This defense process involves increasing blood flow to the area, which results in an accumulation of fluid. As this response continues, the symptoms of inflammation develop.

 

Chronic – not talking about the stuff Snoop Dog smokes. This type of inflammation is a red flag for associated diseases including heart disease, cancer, or autoimmune disease.

 

So, when does inflammation occur?

 

  • When you experience irritation from chemicals in products or certain skin treatments

 

  • Exposure to UV rays and sunburns

 

  • When your stress levels break down and settle into your body, weakening your immune system

 

  • Toxins and free radicals in the environment including secondhand smoke, actually smoking, alcohol and pollution

 

How do you control inflammation?

 

  • Focus on what you’re putting into your body. Begin incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet; carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, citrus, and brussel sprouts.

 

  • Enhance your nutritional intake by taking supplements daily

 

  • Use different oils when you cook, for example, flax seed oil is an omega-3 fatty acid, which is good for your overall health and skin appearance. Also try olive oil and walnut oil.

 

  • Black currant oil and vitamins E, C and A are antioxidants which build collagen, protect against damage, and support healing.

 

  • Eat fun stuff like dark chocolate, berries, tea, and of course, red wine.

 

Overall, you want your diet to be rich in antioxidants. Everyone in my family has great skin and never seems to age. This goes all the way back to my great grandmother’s diet and cooking.

 

We all know the basic defense against aging is wearing sunscreen. However, the food we eat majorly affects us; even something as simple as putting cinnamon in your coffee instead of sugar will control your blood sugar, while improving memory, focus, and boosting your metabolism.

 

If you make a few basic changes to your diet as outlined above, you’ll notice a big difference in your mental, physical, and nutritional state.

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