Aging Well – Self Care Basics
Aging is an inflammatory oxidative process. To slow aging we need to fight inflammation in our skin and bodies, and use anti-oxidants.
SKIN PROTECTION and REPAIR
Cleanser is important at night to remove pollution particles which are aging to skin. This also allows penetration of repair products such as DefenAge 8-in-1 Bioserum. This smart formula corrects up to 16 signs of aging by using peptides, called defensins, to build beautiful new skin.
Topical antioxidants such as Vitamin C prevent DNA breakdown from sun and pollution exposure during the day. A physical sunblock prevents UVA and UVB rays from causing sunburn, skin cancers and wrinkles. Even visible light from computers and daylight through windows will affect your skin – you start aging from the day you are born.
Sugar and milk in your diet increases free radical which cause aging. Grilled, fried and roasted food is worse than boiling or steaming your food.
In some cases gluten should be avoided. A Mediterranean diet is recommended – low in sugar (glycemic index) and dairy and high in Vitamin C (nuts).
Try to get 8 hours or more of sleep. Pink noise is best for sleep. Less than 5 hours is considered poor.
Periodontal disease leads to tooth, bone and fat loss in the face making you look aged. Floss and brush your teeth.
Stress stimulates the autonomic nervous system increasing glucocorticoids. Cortisol surges can be aging creating chronic immune dysfunction, bone loss, and muscle atrophy.
Try to practice mindfulness for 10 minutes a day. Learn to BREATHE
Estrogen is an antioxidant. Discuss with your doctor whether hormone and Calcium supplementation is recommended for you.
4 hours of high intensity exercise per week is recommended.