Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to anti-aging.

And to do this effectively, we need to address our health both internally and externally. Protecting your skin does not only relate to how you treat it from the outside but how you nourish from the inside too.

I’m fortunate as my genetics are good. However, I also take meticulous care of my skin and have done so for many years. But there is a lot you can do even if genes aren’t in your favour!

The key to all anti-aging is to maintain and boost your natural collagen. Collagen is a protein that is in the connective tissues of our body. It’s crucial to having elastic, plumped and vibrant skin.

With age collagen’s rate of production lowers, and so wrinkles and fine lines start appearing. This is why it’s important to protect our collagen and find ways to boost it’s production.

So in this 2 part series, I’m going to share with you my 10 best anti-ageing, collagen boosting tips.

Let’s get started.

  1. Hydration

Hydration is so important.

The skin is about 70% water, so we need to keep our daily water intake high to maintain healthy skin.

We also need water for metabolism, nutrient absorption, elimination and circulation and all these in turn impact on our skin.

Drink half your body weight in ounces of filtered water daily. Hydrate your butt off and your skin will thank you for it.

You can add lemon, ginger and infused herbs to spice it up.

A great supplement I recommend for hydration is Liquid Chlorophyll. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water or your water bottle.

  1. Healthy Diet & Lifestyle

Eating a healthy, balanced and varied organic diet from mother nature is paramount to preventing wrinkles.

By choosing organic, you stay away from nasty chemicals and toxins. Not only will your skin benefit but your overall health too.

Make sure to add plenty of antioxidant, nutrient dense foods to your diet like fruits and vegetables.

And stop clogging your system with unhealthy fats, sugar and salt laden foods that will only dull and age your skin.

Sugar is a real culprit, increasing wrinkles, breakouts, and cellulite. It messes with hormones, blood sugar levels, and the immune system, and can even steal nutrients and hydration from our skin hence why it’s nicknamed an anti-nutrient.

Make sure you get a wide variety of nutrients. Think rainbow in your shopping basket and on your plate. Colour signals the presence of phytochemicals and each of these phytochemicals has their own unique skin benefits.

For example …

Wrinkle blocking catechins in cacao. Elasticity strengthening anthocyanins in plums. And watercress helps reverse and prevent DNA damage making it a powerful anti-ager!

Get some ginger and turmeric in too to reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a precursor to wrinkles, blemishes, and irritated skin. So get your anti-inflammatory foods in!

A word on smoking …

You may have heard the same old thing again and again, but it is true that smoking together with harming your whole body hugely damages your skin. And alas especially for women because we have finer and more delicate skin.

Then there’s alcohol …

It dehydrates the skin. Makes it look dull and leads I’m afraid to premature ageing. So moderate.

Remember, if you need some one-to-one help on your nutrition, you can always book in for a FREE B-Fit Session here.

  1. Exercise

Sweat your butt off and move your body at least three to five times per week. It gets your circulation going and helps rid your body of accumulated toxins which in turn clears the skin. Exercise also boosts collagen and helps reduce stress that can have a huge impact on our skin health.

Remember, if you need some one-to-one help on your nutrition, you can always book in for a FREE B-Fit Session here.

  1. Sleep

Sleep is one of the most effective, natural and free anti ageing remedies around!

We can even see the benefits ourselves in terms of how our skin looks first thing in the morning after a great night’s sleep. When you sleep your body is producing collagen, rebuilding and repairing not just your skin but many aspects of our health.

If you want to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, get your beauty sleep in and take naps whenever you feel the need.

I’ve also written a great blog on sleep. Make sure you check it out here.

  1. Stress

Effectively dealing with stress can make your skin more glowing and healthy looking.

Excessive stress can age your skin faster because of the hormone cortisol. When you get stressed, cortisol levels rise. It degrades collagen that is so vital for our skin’s elasticity to keep wrinkles at bay.

I know it’s easier said than done, but try to avoid getting stressed or succumb to a stressful attitude. Focus on the positive, the good things in life and be grateful for the blessings you have.

So that’s a wrap for today 🙂

I’ll be back next week in your inbox with the remaining tips. Until then, have a super week my friend.

Love and hugs

Gaynor x

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