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April 10, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 4 Faves: 0

You Only Have One Face - Part 1

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This Author

Oh, if only there was such a thing as the Fountain of Youth! The reality is, the Fountain of Youth is dependent on our genetics, our health, skin care regimen, and our outlook on life.

Although genetics can play a role in our skin's health, your personal effort and how you take care of your body will play a bigger role.

Lady Smoking


We all know how smoking affects the lungs, but the face? Oh definitely! Smoking deprives our largest organ, our skin, of oxygen and nutrients. Collagen is a connective tissue, which is known to help give our face the youth and fullness. When Collagen is deprived of oxygen it breaks down, which causes wrinkles and shallowness. Sadly, tobacco consists of many dangerous chemicals including carbon monoxide, arsenic, and ammonia. These chemicals constrict the blood vessels, hindering the body's ability to use oxygen. Smoking not only causes wrinkles, but also gives the skin a yellowish undertone with a leathery appearance.

Prevention: Stop Smoking! It is never too late.

Lady laying out

Sun and Tanning Salons

Skin's worse enemy! Over the years we have learned how damaging the UVB/UVA rays from the sun and tanning beds are to our skin. The damage can be very costly and difficult to reverse. While many of my friends enjoyed working at the tanning salons, giving them the instant sun-kissed look, my budget only afforded the use of Crisco Oil and lying on aluminum foil, hoping for that ultimate tan. The damage to our skin from both causes a leathery appearance, sun spots, and wrinkles. Sun-bathing and tanning salon beauties, listen up! They both will damage your skin and cause premature aging to your face.

Prevention: Slather on the sunscreen DAILY (even in winter time), start wearing hats, and don't even consider a tanning salon.


Food and Beverages

Salt, sugar, and starchy foods are the enemy, what we put in our body does effect the outer part of our body. Salt retains water, giving us a bloated look and feel. Although dermatologists go back and forth on whether our eating habits contribute to acne, avoiding starchy and sugary foods is still the best option for our overall health. Our body is made up of 60% water, so that caffeine, alcohol, and soda that we drink dehydrates versus replenishes. Drinking water throughout the day helps cleanse the system, and hydrate the skin. Certain vitamins like C and E are believed to help reverse the signs of aging. So, does eating and drinking smart help the skin on our face? Yes, the benefits of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that healthy food offers will only enhance the skin we have.

Prevention: Eat your veggies and fruit, drink plenty of water, and avoid processed and sugary foods, caffeine, soda, and alcohol.

These are a few things you can do to help keep the Fountain of Youth in your corner!

Next segment will continue the discussion on what is aging us.


NBC NEWS - Health Special

Water - USGS

Web MD - Smoking

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  • this is why we need the magic pill! At my age so many things need to be corrected and it may be too late! My one last comment - to me, people just look better with a little tan coloring!

  • Hey Nancy ~ That is why self-tanning lotions are the way to go versus the damaging sun rays and tanning booths. :-)

  • Interesting tips.

  • Thanks Christine, were you able to read Part 2?

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