Three Facts to Know About Anti-Aging

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Many people don't know that simple foods we eat or certain triggers in our environment quicken the aging process. Number one reason people age is due to sun damage, right? Where that is true, there are many other components that cause you to have sagging skin that sit on the bench ignored. Take a look...

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Refined Sugar is a No No

Refined sugar is one of the deadliest ingredients not only to our health, but to our skin as well. When women turn 25, their collagen starts to break down. Any high-glycemic foods that quickly converts to sugar, your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels thus creating inflammation into your body. This produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, therefore, changing your supple skin into sagging bags with wrinkles. They don't go away either, it sticks to your collagen resulting in permanent damage. 

It all feels like doom and gloom as you cry over your delicious chocolate cake, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. You can still eat sweets, just not high glycemic foods that quickly convert to sugar such as white bread, packaged desserts, candy and soda to name a few. Below is a list of substitutes that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but won't turn you into a crypt keeper (thanks Freaky Friday one liners).

- Honey

- Date butter

- Raw sugar

- Coconut palm sugar

These are my favorites so don't be afraid to switch your sweetener in your coffee to honey (that's what I do). 

 
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Moisturize Them Eyes, Girl

People think that you can simply buy one moisturizer and use it all over universally, night/ day, cheeks/eyes. Not true. I would highly recommend using an eye cream because our skin on our eyes is completely different than the skin on our cheeks. Half of the wrinkles you get is from dry skin and lack of care. If you moisturize the eye region, you are helping that specific area stay hydrated thus resulting in flawless skin.

Here are two drug store eye moisturizers I suggest: 

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Eyetreatment

- Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream

Two higher end products: 

- Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream

- Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate 

If all of the suggestion don't work for you, there's always good ol' reliable olive oil (a favorite of Cleopatra's) or coconut oil

 
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Meditate & Practice Self Care

One of the myths to aging is to simply "stay out of the sun" and you'll be just fine. While protecting your skin from UV rays is extremely important, there's other factors such as environmental stress, emotional stress, lack of sleep and diet that factor into aging. I want to focus on the "emotional stress"  part because we don't concentrate on that component enough. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone breaks down the collagen in your skin. It's not all about vanity or self pride, it's also about taking care of yourself. When you are constantly stressed, you're damaging the vessel your soul calls home, which is just as harmful as binge eating or drinking. Plus, it makes you feel better knowing that when you're doing yoga or meditating, you're helping not only your mind, but your skin. 

Meditating apps I sugest: 

- Calm

- Headspace

If there's any specific questions you'd like to know to help manage stress or anxiety, I'd be happy to send over some suggestions and books to aid you. Just send me over an email at annalee@tenderheart.net

And, remember, getting older is a privilege denied to many. Love yourself in all stages of life.