I am a sunscreen warrior. I reapply the stuff numerous times a day, whether rain or shine, in hopes to stop the clock – or better yet -to turn it back.
With the beauty industry being a formidable multi-billion dollar business, and one of its most profitable niches being anti-aging products, I know I am not alone in my desire to beat father time.
The skin is a living, breathing organism that needs as much care and attention as the heart. I’ve often wondered why people slather on creams and potions for hundreds of dollars a bottle, when true health comes from within. The logic of these “miracle creams” is slightly off. As with most of the organ function within the body, it’s the natural nutrients we ingest that play a key role in the anti-aging process.
And as effective as these expensive products claim to be, the best and most effective way to ensure that the skin stays healthy is through ingested nutrients and, of course, sunscreen. Collagen is a group of naturally occurring proteins found in animals, especially in the flesh and connective tissues of mammals, and it’s responsible for the supple appearance of skin. When the amount of collagen in the body begins to decrease, that is when skin starts to sag and look, well, old.
One of the best juices for the skin and for collagen production is cucumber. With a water content of almost 75%, cucumber is a natural hydrant, and its juice is as light in flavor as water, making cucumber juice easy to drink and effective in any collagen production quest.
Leafy greens and other green vegetables are known for their high nutritional content and they have been found to contain agents which help in collagen production. Some examples of the leafy green vegetables that contribute to the cause are spinach, asparagus and kale. Not only do they help in the production of collagen, but they also help the body use collagen more effectively.
Another anti-ager: tomatoes
Tomatoes contain a great amount of lycopene, which helps fight collagenases. Collagenases are enzymes that destroy the collagen in your body. Aside from tomatoes, red fruits and vegetables are considered good sources of lycopene; beets and red peppers when juiced together make an especially tasty addition to any juicing routine.
And aside from lycopene, these red natural foods also contain plenty of antioxidants which promote collagen and battle other signs of aging.
The jury is still out as to whether any of these creams and serums in fact work to reverse signs of aging. The best and most effective way to fight aging and ward off collagenases is with a well rounded diet, including juices made from leafy greens and red colored fruits and vegetables. And of course, sunscreen!