Fantastic Skin Elastic
January 2nd, 2012
Fantastic Skin Elastic
Elastosis or loss of skin elasticity is caused by a variety of factors. Age, genetics, UV exposure, smoking and rapid, extreme weight loss can all contribute to this condition. While we have neither control over the genes we are born with nor the fact that we all will definitely grow older, it‘s fortunate that these factors play less of role in elastosis than protecting our skin from the damaging rays of the sun and making healthy lifestyle choices.
The skin is the largest and one of the most vital organs in the body. It serves as the body’s first line of defense from external forces such as harmful bacteria. It regulates body temperature, moisture and oxygen intake and allows us to feel sensations – both pleasurable and as warnings to dangers in our environment.
It gives us our appearance and serves as silent communication of how we’re feeling through blushing and paling. So pamper and cherish the skin you’re in. Whatever the shade, color or hue-be good to it and it will take care of you -inside and out!
Smoke comes in contact with the skin damaging the collagen and elastin in the dermis and constricting blood and oxygen flow to skin cells. In addition to unsightly nicotine stains on nails and fingers, smokers’ lip-puckering and eye squinting lead to sagging and wrinkles over time.
Your skin is what you eat
Maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will combat and slow the aging process. No matter how hectic our lifestyles, we all have to eat, so eat well. There is a wealth of colorful fruit and vegetables from every season to boost your antioxidant intake. For overall good health and supple skin, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids found in fish, flaxseed and nuts are vital. Nowadays a wide variety of healthy and delicious foods from around the world are at our fingertips. One such treat is wakame – fresh or dried, in soups, salads, stews or on its own. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamin A for skin regeneration, copper which enables elastin and collagen production as well as Vitamins C and E, manganese and selenium.
Be mindful of the sun
While we need sunlight to stimulate vitamins A and D production, too much exposure can be destructive to collagen in skin tissue and accelerates the appearance of aging. Vitamin A is necessary in the production of melatonin. Low levels of melatonin may lead to depressed states-such as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Modern technology has developed useful alternatives such as LED light therapy skin care treatments which mimic the sun’s light spectrum without harmful UV radiation. LED is also used for non-invasive facials, which gently and painlessly sculpt the features and promote suppleness. On sunny days, be sure to use sun protection of 15 SPF or more.
Building up muscle mass is one of the best ways to tighten and tone up after weight loss. A good personal trainer will advise you of the best cardio and strength training to reduce fat while building muscle to reduce sagging. The best way to avoid elastosis while losing weight is to build muscle during slow to moderate weight loss (1-2 pounds a week).
Drink water and lots of it! Sparkling or flat- you can’t have too much! Green tea hydrates and fights free radicals at the same time.
Use quality organic skin care products even if you only use a few. Treat yourself to a spa facial when you can and regularly pamper yourself with home treatments from your kitchen. There are tons of recipes on the web.
It causes fewer wrinkles than frowning!
Antropia Luna has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC. Otherwise, trekking the national museum scene freelance.