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Healthy vibrant skin is one of the things an aging population wishes for. There are a large number of cosmetics, procedures and wild claims out there. The best way to achieve vibrant healthy skin is through healthy eating, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. There are some herbs and foods that can help with this.

What Causes Aging Skin
Free radicals are the leftovers from our bodies use of oxygen. They travel around the body causing cellular damage and degeneration.

Lack of hydration means that our cells shrivel causing more and more dry skin.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are the miraculous substances which destroy free radicals and help our cells repair themselves. You may have heard about the antioxidants in green tea and blueberries but there are some less well known foods that are full of antioxidants.

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Peppers – the brighter the better.

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Chocolate – most people have heard that dark chocolate is good for you. This is because it is one of the highest levels of antioxidants. Much higher than blueberries free tea or red wine. For more on chocolate and antioxidants see my blog here.

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Nettles – Rich in antioxidants

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Aloe Vera – rich in the antioxidant vitamins C and E

External

There are a number of useful foods and herbs that can be applied externally to skin to fight inflammation, redness and even age spots.

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Coconut Oil – apply it to your skin to moisturize. Rub some into the areas where the age spots are and they will miraculously fade and disappear. Coconut oil can even fade scarring.

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Nettles – steep some nettle tea and then apply it to the inflamed area to calm the redness. It’s anti-inflammatory benefits are amazing.

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Chamomille – also anti-inflammatory, you can make yourself a relaxing cup of chamomille tea and place the cooled tea bag on inflamed red patches to calm and cool them.

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Witch Hazel – is anti-inflammatory and astringent. You can use it in place of expensive astringents to tighten pores and reduce redness

For help with sleep issues see my blog Herbs for Sleep.

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Last but far from least is water, water, water. There are many places that will advise that herbal tea is a substitute for water. There are even products meant to “flavour” water. Flavoured water is adult Kool-aid and herbal tea is tea. There is no substitute for water.

 

THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR