A Natural Anti-Aging Guide: How to Get the Youthful Look You Want
Want youthful skin without resorting to costly plastic surgery? This anti-aging guide will teach you a simple skincare routine that actually works.
As you age, you'll begin to see signs of wrinkles, fine lines, and liver spots, which eventually become more prominent. When this happens, you’ll most likely feel start to feel self-conscious about how you look.
But you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of not feeling confident in your skin. You can get rid of the unwelcome blemishes and effectively fight the aging process with a routine that won't perturb your skin’s chemistry.
The unfortunate truth is that most anti-aging serums have artificial fragrances, dyes, and preservatives that cause dryness and inflammation. And using these products over time does more harm than good to your skin.
How do you pick the right anti-aging product on the market with so many options? In this blog, we'll teach about all the proven essentials — products and routine — your skin needs to stay young.
Nourish your skin with these skin essential vitamins and supplements.
Your skin will show its age due to a poorly balanced diet. Being the largest organ in your body, your skin needs plenty of essential nutrients to keep a fresh look. Dry patches, a dull complexion, and premature wrinkles are a few of the major issues to expect if you don’t get enough of these important compounds:
Collagen — this protein makes up over 85% of your skin. Studies show we start to lose collagen at only 25 and continue to lose 1% more each year! That means we have 25% less collagen by age 50!
- Visible fine lines and wrinkles are a major indicator of collagen loss, so supplementing is an ABSOLUTE MUST.
Vitamin C — the fact is our body can’t make collagen without vitamin C. If you don’t get enough of this vitamin in your diet, your skin will suffer the consequences. Spotty pigmentation, slow wound healing, and even eczema are to blame.
Omega-3 fats — are essential because your body can’t make these oils naturally. Adding omegas into your diet gives your skin more power to combat uneven skin tone by reducing damage from free radicals.
- Fish oil supplements, avocados, and hemp seeds, all rich in omega-3 fats, is another defense mechanism you can add to prolong your skin’s natural beauty.
Vitamin D — aka the sunshine vitamin, regulates cell production and immune function in your skin. Vitamin D deficiencies can cause extremely dry skin and increase your chances of developing painful inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
B vitamins — there are a total of eight unique B vitamins. Each plays a different role in your skin, ranging from helping your cells lock in moisture, fight free radical damage, and promote skin repair.
- You might not need to supplement with a B vitamin complex if you’re a vegetable lover. But vegans should take a vitamin B12 supplement since most sources come from meat and dairy. You could end up developing painful skin lesions if deficient.
Vitamin A — aka retinol, is another powerful anti-aging must-have ingredient. Studies reveal low amounts of this vitamin are linked to dry skin, poor wound healing, and reduced collagen production (also crucial for skin repair).
- You can reduce fine wrinkles associated with natural aging by using skin products with retinol or beta-carotene. You can also eat lots of leafy greens, tomatoes, and carrots. These colorful vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Every morning and night with hemp & pumpkin seed-rich oils.
You might think using any moisturizer will work for hydrating your skin, but that thinking is wrong. Here's why.
Moisturizers come in two types: water or oil-based.
You should steer clear of water-based creams for a few reasons:
- First, your skin is a fatty organ and loves to soak up other fats. Water cannot penetrate your skin and lock in water — fats can.
- Second, water-based moisturizers contain damaging alcohols and benzenes, which dry your skin out and increase your chances of aging prematurely.
Oil-derived moisturizers come from two kinds: petroleum or plants.
I could go on for days about why you shouldn’t use petroleum products. But the main point is:
- There are no real benefits to your skin because these oils don't have any omega fats.
Now let’s talk about why a hemp + pumpkin seed oil-based combo is the best anti-aging moisturizer.
Hemp oil has a unique omega-3 fat called linolenic acid. This compound is a powerful anti-oxidant proven to mitigate damage to your cells and DNA caused by free radicals.
The second reason is hemp and pumpkin oils are abundant in the pigments chlorophyll and beta carotene.
Other plant oils like almond and jojoba are colorless and don't have this extra anti-aging benefit.
So, how do plant pigments help stop your skin from aging?
The primary way is by neutralizing free radicals from the sun that cause liver spots and uneven pigmentation.
Plant pigments also act as natural tanning agents — you’ll notice an even and enhanced skin color after only a few weeks of using them!
Hemp and pumpkin oil naturally have vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A and minerals like zinc, copper, and magnesium, too.
These skin goodies promote cell repair and regeneration, plus collagen and elastin production.
Exfoliate weekly to shed those annoying dull flakes and help stimulate new skin cell growth.
Yes, something as simple as regular exfoliation — using products to remove dead skin cells — is another good anti-aging hack. There is even scientific proof to back it up!
Studies show exfoliating stimulates new skin growth, making your skin’s barrier smooth and healthy. A healthy skin barrier helps your products absorb better and penetrate deeper, boosting your skin’s ability to repair.
As for the best way to exfoliate, that’s totally up to you. My favorite way is gently scrubbing with a hemp or cotton washcloth or salts.
Soaking in the tub for 10 minutes before exfoliating to help loosen dead skin cell gives the best results.
Fight photoaging by wearing sun protection at all times outside … and stay away from spray sunblock!
Sunblock is the number one anti-aging product of all time.
That’s because the sun’s high-energy UV rays cause extensive free radical damage to your skin. Free radicals are unstable little terrors and wreck your skin by damaging DNA and breaking down collagen and fats by oxidation.
This reason is why people with severely sun-damaged skin all look the same — an extremely wrinkly and tough outer layer with spotty pigmentation.
You can easily avoid this treacherous skin mess by applying sunblock with 15+ SPF before you go into the sun.
Look for products with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. My favorite brand is All Good.
And avoid spray sunblocks because they dry out your skin; some even contain cancer-causing benzene compounds.
Clean with all-natural bar soap (not liquid) to avoid dryness and irritation from harsh chemicals.
Along with being a severe drying agent, strong liquid soaps and faux fragrances exacerbate aging skin by stripping your natural oils, which throws off your pH and water balance.
Also, liquid soaps and cleansers are mostly water. Water means artificial ingredients, usually with the toxic preservative sodium benzoate added to stop the growth of bacteria and mold.
You can easily adjust your skincare routine by washing with all-natural soaps that gently clean without drying. If you want to switch your face soap, I recommend checking out One With Nature.
Boost your endocannabinoid system and reduce cortisol by getting regular cardio exercise
Yes, cardio exercise benefits your skin as well.
The advantages of cardio come from releasing toxins through your pores, lowering cortisol levels and improving your sleep, and activating your endocannabinoid system.
Why does your endocannabinoid system (ECS) matter?
Your ECS is the ultimate regulator and keeps your body’s systems in balance. This system helps regulate oil production in your skin and aids tissue repair by controlling your skin's inflammatory response.
Getting at least 90 minutes of regular cardio exercise every week is an excellent way to fuel your endocannabinoid system.
Youthful, glowing skin AND a healthy heart – yes, please!
So, there you have it, a list of the top ways to help your skin fight the good fight against aging.
The best thing is all of these products are 100% natural and won’t damage your skin as the years go by.
If you are concerned about looking your age, why not try them out?
I promise your skin will reward you!
About the author
Dr. Kimberly M. Lincoln is the founder of GLAUX CHEM® and holds a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry and a B.S. in chemistry, with professional experience in chemical synthesis and medical device manufacturing. She is passionate about living a clean lifestyle and keeping the planet healthy for our future generations. Kimberly loves pit bulls, cooking, cycling, attending rock concerts, and creating new hemp skincare products.