Aging happens. There is only one way to prevent it; but when you come down to it, getting older is usually preferable to not getting any older. Like the saying goes, Any Day Above Ground is a Good One.
It is preferable to embrace the benefits of getting older. The wisdom, the knowledge and experience gained, the lifetime of happy memories, the respect of those around you, these are all things that come to us as we age. We should cherish and appreciate each of these blessings.
Wrinkles and the other changes that age brings to the body? These are harder to embrace. Fortunately, they are not completely unavoidable.
Maybe in the overall picture it is easy to believe that looks don’t matter. The truth is that your appearance is a pretty good indicator of your overall health. Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Not only are the rest of the organs inside the skin, the skin helps bacteria and viruses from entering the body. Not only is overly dry and flaky skin unattractive, but it may crack. This can become a gap in the body’s natural defenses.
A certain amount of wrinkling, sagging, and discoloration is a natural consequence of aging, but there are way to help the skin repair itself and reduce these effects.
Alpha tocopherol, better known as Vitamin E, is a fat-soluble compound that can help to repair cracked or dried skin. This is why it is often used as an ingredient in creams and lotions. Along with helping the skin to retain moisture, Vitamin E helps protect against the effects of UV damage. Internally, Vitamin E helps to eliminate free radical compounds.
Free radicals are products of oxidation that occurs when the body is exposed to pollution, radiation, or cigarette smoke. They are even produced through the normal digestive processes. It is difficult to comprehend the damage done by free radicals because the changes occur at a molecular level. The damage done to the skin and other organs is very real, however.
Preventing free radical damage means preventing oxidation. Vitamin A and vitamin C are both powerful antioxidants. Used in a topical cream, vitamin A can help to reduce the signs of aging and sun damage. Vitamin C is not only a powerful antioxidant in its own right, but it helps the body to regenerate other naturally occurring antioxidants. So when you increase your intake of vitamin C, you maybe increasing your levels of vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Vitamin K is another substance that is manufactured by the body, but levels may be increased by taking supplements. One of the many benefits of vitamin K is the prevention of dark patches under the eyes. These patches or circles are sometimes the result of capillaries leaking in the skin near the eyes. Vitamin K seems to aid in the constriction of the capillaries, which breaks up the tiny clots that cause the dark patches. Vitamin K also helps to prevent the bone loss that some seniors experience.