In this post you will discover the key to maintaining your youth and reversing the signs of aging, and how to repair damaged skin..
Take a look in the mirror. If you’re lucky, you can see your skin tone; soft, smooth and taut. If you’re like most of us however, you will likely see some uneven pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, redness and acne scars.
All these so-called “defects” are evidence of damaged skin. Like a new car gradually loses its glistening and shininess it begins to become dull, rusty, scratched and marked, our skin is worn away by exposure to the elements of the sun and the atmosphere and because of the changes that occur within us as we age.
Question: Can The damage be repaired?
Answer: With Ingredients and suitable skin care, yes!
When we are young, our skin is able to heal itself naturally. Remember when you were ten years younger than the age you are now, a scratch or scratches almost disappear the next day?
Well, as we age, the time it takes for the skin to heal, slowly stretches out: meaning that the damage can show on our skin for months on end. Meanwhile, the skin continues to face harmful elements, so it is in a constant cycle of trying to heal itself. This makes it less able to keep up with the demands.
As we move in our daily life, there are several things that can damage the skin.
- Sun Exposure being the main element
- harsh weather conditions, such as; wind, rain, cold and heat
- Environmental pollution
- Cigarette smoke
- Exposure to aggressive chemicals from personal care products
- poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Excessive use of alcohol and drugs
- Chlorine in swimming pools
- Bacteria, infections and trauma.
All these factors and more can lead to the breakdown of skin cells, which weakens the protective outer layer, called the “epidermis.” Once this layer is weakened, cracked, and damaged, skin becomes more vulnerable to bacteria, UV rays, pollution, and more. It also becomes less efficient in hydration and the uptake of nutrients. The immune system comes into play here, too. As your body needs nutrients, sleep and stress relief to maintain a strong immune system, your skin requires the same tools to be able to repair and protect against other harmful elements. The ability of the skin to self-repair may decrease by more than 50 percent by middle age.
Here are some signs of aging to look out for in the mirror:
- Dryness, scaling, dullness
- fine lines and wrinkles
- Hyper-pigmentation, acne scars, sun spots
- Moles and freckles
- Sagging skin, bags, loss of elasticity and firmness
- Redness, swelling and inflammation
- Rashes and allergic reactions
- Visible blood vessels,
Fortunately, there are ways to help repair damaged skin. The key is to take action both internally and externally to support our system to repair skin.
Repair damaged skin by taking necessary action to your diet and lifestyle.
For some of us, the temptations are greater than others. And for those of us that have this problem, we need to be strong and think about the benefits that could be gained from either making changes to our routines or breaking cycles, or counteracting defective eating habits. If you want to repair damaged skin, I have provided some useful ways for you to take advantage of to help you on your way.
Internal measures to include in your diet and lifestyle include:
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C: Foods such as citrus, mustard greens, spinach and peppers. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which increases skin firmness.
- Eat more protein: Protein is key to the reconstruction of cells. Try foods such as; fish, lean meats, eggs, tofu, beans and nuts.
- Raise the zinc: Zinc helps the body synthesize proteins, it helps build collagen for skin tissue repair, and supports the immune system. Try foods such as; fish, soy, whole grain pasta, mushrooms and egg yolks.
- Cut the crap: Junk food is not good for your body, which means it is not good for the skin. Excess sugar, salt and trans fats contribute to dryness and cell rupture, resulting in premature aging and skin damage.
- Drink Dandelion tea: This helps detoxify your system, fewer toxins means less breakouts and other unattractive skin problems.
- Drink plenty of water: Your skin needs to stay hydrated from the inside out.
- Reduce chemicals: Check your food and cleaning products, chemicals are potentially harmful. Choose natural and organic elements as often as possible to reduce the accumulation of toxins in the system.
External Measures to include in your lifestyle to help repair damaged skin include:
- Exercise Daily: Exercise is so good for your body as it is for the rest of your skin as it receives nutrients from blood pumping where they are needed for skin repair. In addition, of course, it gives a healthy glow.
- Try meditation: Meditation, yoga, Tai chi, art therapy, time with a pet, or whatever works for you to calm the body and mind.
What if you are doing everything right in your diet and lifestyle, but you still have skin damage. It is then necessary to use topical solutions to help reduce skin damage and stimulate the skin to repair itself.
Fortunately, research has shown that certain natural ingredients are magnificent when it comes to repairing, healing, or reversing the skin damage. We’ll talk more about this in future posts, but for now, here’s a quick look:
Plant Stem Cells
These are really the vanguard of the new science in skin care. Research has found that some plant stem cells have the ability to help stimulate proliferation of human stem cells. That means that when applied to human skin, help stimulate the growth of new cells. These new cells work in repairing damaged skin, restoring damaged tissue, creating a smoother, younger looking skin!
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
This is a powerful enzyme found in the skin that is key to the formation of “fibroblasts” which are the cells that produce collagen and other connective fibers that give skin its shape and firmness. SOD is also a powerful antioxidant and helps tame inflammation, which is one of the main things we have to have to make the skin look younger.
Vitamin C helps with anti-aging externally as well! It is not only a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from damage, but also assists with the formation of collagen too, which helps smooth wrinkles and firm the skin.
This herb has been shown in studies to stimulate the skin and be effective against the bacteria that causes acne. Two things that can help cure and prevent damaged skin. It has also been shown in studies to prevent the free radical damage caused by UVA / UVB radiation.
This oil is a natural, antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory, which helps support skin repair and rejuvenation. Furthermore it has been shown to help remove age spots, fade and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and preliminary studies indicate that it can help fight skin cancer.
This plant which is also known as “bearberry” has been shown in studies to help shrink and tighten the membranes in the body, which means that the pores appear smaller. As a result this helps reduce inflammation and infection (less acne). Furthermore it is said that Uva Ursi is a natural source of hydroquinone a potent skin lightening ingredient to help fade dark spots.
Studies have shown that this herb is effective in the treatment of rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin rashes as it is very effective at reducing redness and irritation. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, helping to control inflammation and may also give a natural lightening action. Therefore reducing the appearance of age spots and hyper-pigmentation.
This berry is a great source of vitamin C, which means it helps protect the skin from oxidative damage. Alma berries also calms the skin, reduces pores and reduces acne outbreaks. Furthermore, is its ability to stimulate collagen production and restore skin firmness.
Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
This oil naturally relieves dry patches of skin, and is full of fatty acids that help restore the smoothness and plumpness. It also has a reputation for helping promote regeneration of cellular tissue, which is perfect for healing wounds and restoring new skin tissue.
How to make use of these?
Find a product that uses these powerful ingredients. Or, alternatively you can try preparing your own masks at home. You can include some of these ingredients yourself.
Here is a mask for pimples with Lavender Oil
Ingredients to use:
- 1 tbsp of salt
- 4 tbsp grated apple
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 4 drops of lavender oil
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/2 cup oats crushed
To use this mask:
- mix all ingredients together
- apply evenly over the skin,
- let dry and act for approx. 15 minutes
- wash with water.
This mask is best used twice a week.
I hope you have found this post on how to repair damaged skin useful.
If you want some more mask recipes I recommend trying some homemade peel off face masks to brighten your skin.