Naturopathic medicine is rooted in the principle of finding and treating the root cause of our health concerns. As well, naturopathic medicine strives to treat each person as an individual with unique health concerns and requirements. These tenets provide exceptional strength and quality to naturopathic anti-aging protocols such as the ones I provide my patients. All avenues of health are addressed in a unique protocol for each patient allowing for the greatest benefits without the need to ever use pricey anti-aging creams, Botox or to ‘go under the knife’. The added benefit of these anti-aging protocols is that they will also lead to increased energy, optimized digestion and diet plans, hormone balancing and improved immunity on top of the cosmetic benefits.
So what are some easy and effective tips that you can try at home to improve your skin quality and harness anti-aging effects?
Stay Hydrated. We’ve all heard that we should drink about 8 cups a day of clean water. Now there’s an extra motivation. Making sure we stay hydrated improves the appearance of your skin, as well as slowing the effects of aging. Water, herbal teas, vegetable juices and unsweetened coconut water are all great options. Adding a slice of lemon or orange to your water is a great way to change up the flavor without artificial flavoring or extra calories.
Avoid caffeine. When trying to stay hydrated, and maintain supple looking skin, caffeine is not your friend. Caffeine, commonly found in coffee, black and green tea, energy drinks and some sodas, dehydrates the body. Some sources of caffeine are more detrimental than others, due to the amount of caffeine or the other ingredients in the beverage. Like with everything moderation is the key.
Get enough sleep. There’s a reason for the term ‘Beauty Sleep’. Its because sleep is essential to allowing our body to heal and repair. The fibres that keep skin firm and unlined, namely collagen, repair mostly when we are in a deep sleep. 7-9 uninterrupted hours each night are key. To harness the full benefits of your beauty sleep try to get to bed before midnight every night.
Don’t smoke. Smoking not only causes wrinkles around the mouth, yellowing of the teeth and fingers, it also depletes our body of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants. Many of these nutrients and anti-oxidants are not only key to preventing the aging of our cells, they also help to prevent the aging of our skin.
Wear sunscreen, avoid sunburns and tanning beds. Ideally we should be wearing sunscreen everyday, even in the winter. UV damage to the skin not only causes wrinkles, drying of the skin and skin blotches, it is a huge risk factor for skin cancer.
Have a good, clean diet. Being a window into our health, our skin often reflects our diet. Avoid foods that are processed, full of chemicals, have excess sugar or sodium. Ensuring that you take in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, with a focus on berries and other produce with vibrant colors improves skin quality. Having adequate protein and healthy oils is another sure way to improve the look and feel of your skin. The ideal diet is different for everyone, but following the basics of a good diet will show in your skin.
Sweating, Exercise and getting active. Ensuring that you are active for at least 30-60 minutes everyday not only promotes good health, increased energy, and resilience against injury, it also promotes healthy looking skin. Sweating on a daily basis provides your skin and body another route of eliminating toxins. The effects of exercise also help to promote cell healing and repair, increase circulation and promote that healthy glow.
Moisturize. Skin that is hydrated tends to be supple, vibrant and less lined than dry, thirsty skin. Using natural products to moisturize the skin will improve skin quality. Depending on the needs of your skin, products ranging from coconut oil and natural beauty products to castor oil are all great options.
Beauty is never just skin deep, it comes from being confident, loving and giving as well as following a healthy lifestyle.