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More Tips For Younger Looking Skin

Updated on December 1, 2015
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Antioxidant mops up free radicals for a younger skin
Antioxidant mops up free radicals for a younger skin | Source

Slowing or Reversing The Ageing Process

For a younger Skin (2)

In part one of this article, we saw how tobacco smoking and extensive exposure to the damaging effects of the sun can cause premature ageing of the skin, and why some people age faster than others. Here we will look at how micronutrients, growth hormones and common garden plants can help us win the war against the ageing process for a younger looking skin.

Micro-nutrients- another significant factor in the repair and breakdown of cells, are the presence or absence of various micronutrients such as vitamin E.

Vitamin E - can be taken topically, directly on the skin or orally, through the mouth as food or vitamin supplement. One of the main characteristics of vitamin E is its anti-oxidant properties that allow it to protect the body's cell membranes by scavenging the free radicals and preventing them from spreading. Vitamin E works in conjunction with the body's other anti-oxidant, enzymatic, inflammatory and regenerative defense system to help maintain the body's tissue.

The mechanism of ageing is complex, and commercial products rely on essential antioxidant to reverse or stop the ageing process, are thought to have little or no chance of succeeding.

Vitamin E, like most anti-oxidants, works together with other nutrients to be effective. Using only one or two can prove to be counter-productive.

Vitamin E is used in most skin care products. Its anti-oxidant properties lend itself readily to skin moisturisers because it can be easily absorbed into the skin. However, when a molecule of vitamin E is oxidized, it becomes a free radical itself. As a free radical, vitamin E can cause damage by oxidizing lipids (fats) in the cell membranes; Vitamin E must be recycled to make it safe again. In the body, oxidized vitamin E is recycled by vitamin C together with carotenoids. This process is known as the vitamin E cycle.

Taking high doses of Vitamin E and not enough vitamin C and carotenoids, can be worse than if you hadn't taken Vitamin E at all, this is because the oxidized vitamin E, builds up in the skin and can speed up the ageing process.

Vitamin C also help to promote regeneration, and slow ageing by helping to create the extra-cellular matrix, (material that supports the cells) by stimulating the formation of new collagen and blocking the enzyme that would otherwise damage it.

When buying a sun lotion with vitamin E, flavonoids or alpha lipoic acid, it is worthwhile to check that it is a liposome or phytosome formula that will give you a better skin penetration and protection.

Plants to help block ageing

  • Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum),
  • Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Vulgaris) these two plants are rich in flavonoids that are potent inhibitors or blocker of the enzymes which causes ageing of the skin.
  • Red wine
  • grape-seed extract
  • Elderberry
  • ginkgo
  • Bilberry
  • green tea extract
  • Soybeans(lightly cooked)

There are around 5,000 varieties of flavonoids discovered. Although not the same as blackcurrants and Lady's mantle, the above foods contain related flavonoids that can reduce oxidative damage and skin ageing, by blocking the tissue damaging enzymes.

Growth Hormone

Deep Sleep can trigger the release of Growth Hormone (G-H) from the pituitary gland, the pituitary gland is situated below the brain. When the body's need for growth is greatest as in pregnancy, adolescent and during the recovery of anorexia, the length of core deep sleep and the release of G-H are increased.

This also happens when we increase the amount of daily energy we use, such as when we exercise, or in the case of some medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism. However, when we use less energy the amount of core sleep and G H release is reduced.

The rate of tissue growth and repair is greatest at night, influence by G H the body's cells are actively dividing and multiplying while we sleep.

G H is known to increase the amount of nutrients the cells can take up; this helps to encourage the growth and repair of tissues and stimulate the immune system.

However, as we age, the pituitary is less able to perform these tasks, resulting in a drop in G H levels and a corresponding increase in ageing of the body's tissue. The reduction in G H level is associated with loss of lean tissue with an increased risk of heart disease. G H therapy is used to reverse some of the symptoms of ageing.

Sex, I always save the best for last. When we have sex, it causes a burst of GH release that is great for the skin and is associated with slower ageing.

To Stay Younger Longer;

  • Use UV protection, even in temperate climate, remember protection for the hair also
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat foods rich in anti-oxidants, E, C, Q10, mixed carotenoids and flavonoids
  • Lots of fresh fruits and Vegetables
  • Take more regular exercise
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take silicol or silicic acid daily it is thought to reduce signs of ageing of the skin, it is found in foods such as watercress
  • Sleep well

Don't forget a little sex goes a long way, when it comes to staying young, oh.. all right a lot of sex. Do your research and discuss the use of herbs and vitamins with you health care provider or nutritionist, before making health changes.

For A Younger Skin (1)

For a Younger Looking Skin

According to skin experts, the two most important ways to keep your skin looking young and healthy are:

1. Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun by reducing your exposure to UV. A broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF or Sun Protection Factor above 15 should be liberally applied 20 minutes before venturing out and after that, two hourly.

2. Do not smoke.


© 2012 Jo Alexis-Hagues


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Ram, good to see you. This sounds great!... an ancient gluten-free face pack, definitely one to try. Thank you for the visit and idea.

      Take care and my best to you.

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      Ram Bansal 5 years ago from India

      An ancient practice for skincare is to apply sorghum flour fluid paste on the skin until it gets dried.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Audrey, many thanks for checking it out. Much appreciated and the very best to you.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Amazing info! Thank you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      FreezeFrame, that is as good a reason as any, Thank you for stopping by. Much appreciated.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great advice and great hub! I read because I want to avoid saggy skin and fine lines and wrinkles!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      dghbrh, thank you for this wonderful comment and for stopping by.

      My best to you.

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Great work tobusiness......informative as well as very nicely presented. votes up and sharing too.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, many thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      very good share tobusiness and the last is the best :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Eddy, many thanks for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beckie, you're right about being more careful when you are fair skined, but many people with darker skin tends to forget, although nature gave us quiet a bit of protection in our skin pigment, we can still cause a great deal of damage if we are not careful.

      Years ago I went skiing, the sun was blissfully hot, I must have got about three shades darker, but could no believe it when my skin started to peel. I didn't use protection and got burnt. So we all need to be aware of the risks. Thank you again for the great comment. My best as always.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and thank you for sharing.


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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Those amazing cancer fighting antioxidants are amazing with their endless positive effects on our body and our skin. I love how you left "lots of sex" for the very last line! LOL

      The UV rays protection is no joke - I am Irish and fair skinned. Learned my lesson when I contracted two boughts of skin cancer - caught it in time but learned how valuable your adivse on here is. I hope more take it to heart.

      Great hub my friend

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Billy, Bev 's a very sensible lady but there is something for everyone here. Appreciate the read and the share, take care now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information Jo! The picture of the dog at the end was priceless. Seriously, much of this I did not know; passing it on to Bev and sharing.