Reversing Wrinkles and Sagging Skin

middle aged women examining her wrinkles in mirror.

Has anyone seen “Snow White and the Huntsman,” or even the trailer? In the movie Charlize Theron plays Ravenna, the Evil Queen,  who learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White, is destined to surpass her stepmom as the “Fairest One of All” and it is little wonder that Ravenna will do everything in her power to prevent this from happening.  Thing is, Ravenna has a lot in her power.  Because of a spell her witch mother cast on her when she was young, Ravanna can drain the youth from the kingdom’s young women that allows her to keep her youth and beauty.

 Now if you have seen the movie, you will know that in some amazing camera work and makeup stunt, the audience gets to witness this process, watching a wizened, old Charlize return to her perfect youth. Although Ravenna is the confirmed “bad guy” or girl, In some way, at that moment the audience roots for her.  The audience wants that spell to work, to believe that aging can be reversed and with some magic elixir, we will all be returned to our youth.  That Charlize will always be beautiful and never succumb to the inevitable affects of aging.

  Of course, we don’t all have access to the youth of all the kingdom’s young women, but perhaps there  are some things that can give us the powers of Queen Ravenna.

We know how saggy skin and wrinkle happens.  This is a good thing, because once we understand the causes of something, we can work toward preventing it.  Saggy skin happens because skin stops producing elastin and collagen which holds your skin up.  Without the connective tissue, skin will loosen and droop. Free radical damage occurs, robbing electrons from healthy cells., resulting in wrinkles, thickening, and discoloration of the skin.

Drink Water
Now this has to be the cheapest, easiest form of a facelift.  Water helps your body get rid of toxins and allows nutrients into your cells making them plump and full. The recommended requirement for daily water intake is 1/2 oz per pound of your body’s weight. (A 130 lb woman should drink 65 oz of water.)

Get your Vitamins and Minerals
How many times do you have to be told?  Antioxidants can actually repair damage from factors like UV exposure, smoking and illness. The best ones for your skin are:

  • Vitamin C  oranges, strawberries, kiwi and brussel sprouts
  • Vitamin E peanuts, pine nuts, olive oil, avocado, broccoli and mangoes
  • Beta Carotene – carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, butternut squash, spinach and kale
  • Selenium – Brazil nuts, turkey, and tuna

Eat Healthy Fats 
Our bodies need omega-3 fatty acids to maintain cell membranes, keeping water and nutrients in and locking toxins out.  They are also anti-inflammatories and protect against sun damage.  Our bodies don’t produce these acids naturally, so where are we supposed to get them? Try 2-3 servings of fish a week and try to get in some flax and chia seeds.

Women stretching for workout

Exercise
Twenty minutes of cardio a day and strength training 2-3 times a week does not seem like too much to ask to reverse wrinkles and sagging skin.  It increases blood flow that carries nutrients to the skin cells and helps create muscle.

Sleep
Snow White never skimped on her beauty sleep.  You know losing sleep can wreak havoc on your skin.  Seven to nine hours per night allows your skin to heal and build collagen, plus no more puffy eyes and dark circles.

Quit Smoking
If not for your lung health, then for your skin. Cigarettes contain damaging free radicals and impairs blood flow to the skin, depriving cells of nutrition.  It also damages elastin and collagen, interfering with skin renewal.

So exercise, eat well, stop smoking and get plenty of sleep and in no time the mirror will tell you that  you are “TheFairest of Them All.”

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