It’s never too late to start aging gracefully. We are all health conscious, going to the gym or trying to eat properly. Let’s not forget our skin, the largest organ of the body.
1. Ultraviolet protection is first and foremost. Daily use of sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher, containing Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide, blocks the harmful UVA/UVB rays responsible for skin pigmentation, wrinkles, decreased tone (laxity) and skin cancer.
2. Carotenoids such as lycopene found in tomatoes are being studied to learn their role as antioxidants. Dr. Zoe Draelos, a clinical and research dermatologist, and her colleagues found in one small study following 20 patients (10 who took Lycopene and 10 who did not) that oral lycopene reduced sunburn cell formation in 83% of those who took the lycopene.
3. Green Tea is the most studied antioxidant. It has been shown in studies to help with collagen elastin, making the skin more resilient and less likely to sag and wrinkle.