by: Dr. Craig A. Maxwell
The more birthday candles on your cake, the more crow’s feet and fine lines you start to see. In a perfect world, we’d age in reverse with all the experience of maturity and all the beauty of youth. However, since this is the real world and there really is no fountain of youth, the next best thing we have to reverse aging is these secret beauty tips.
What Causes Crow’s Feet and Fine Lines?
Crow’s feet are fine wrinkles that develop around your eyes beginning in your mid-thirties. At first, you only see them when you smile or squint but as time goes on, they stay noticeable even on a straight face. Crow’s feet and other fine lines are caused by several factors.
First, as you age, your skin gets thinner. There is less and less collagen in your skin and it begins to lose its elasticity. Smoking, sun exposure, menopause, and constant squinting can cause crow’s feet to appear earlier in life. Poor diet, dehydration, and toxic build-up in the system can also lead to premature aging of the skin.
Can You Really Reverse Aging?
Many women and men panic when they start to see those first tell-tale signs of maturity. Crow’s feet, laugh lines, and grey hairs all serve to remind them that they’re not in their 20s anymore. It’s almost as if the mirror is telling you there’s no sense in denying it. You’re getting older. But is getting older really such a bad thing? With age comes wisdom, right? If you want to keep the wisdom but lose the signs, there’s plenty you can do without ever having to go under the knife.
Cheap Secret Beauty Tips
If you’re one of millions of people who’ve turned to expensive anti-wrinkle creams to turn back the clock, there’s something you should know. Most cosmetic anti-aging creams contain harmful chemicals and additives that can actually speed up the aging process! Bleaching agents such as lead, mercury, and hydroquinone may minimize the look of wrinkles but can do serious damage to your health over time. Commercial anti-aging creams also contain synthetic fragrances and colorants that have been known to cause cancer. Stop spending hundreds of dollars on chemical-laden products that may only make things worse. Turn to a natural product line designed to smooth crow’s feet and fine lines while returning moisture and youthful appearance to your skin.
For healthy skin that glows with youth and health, I recommend our very own all-natural Multi-Complex Night Cream with retinol and CoQ10 and our Wri-Lax formula with green tea extract and soothing vitamin E to instantly tighten skin and reduce crow’s feet and fine lines.
- Change Your Diet
Beautiful skin starts on the inside. If your diet is filled with junk food, it will show on your skin. Processed foods age your skin faster because they contain little to no nutritional value. They fill up your gut but do nothing to nourish your body. Without proper nutrients, your health suffers and you look older. Your skin is the largest organ your body has. If chemicals and toxins are building up in your system, the first place it will show is on your skin.
To feel great and look younger, fill up on lean meats, poultry, wild-caught fish, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and healthy dairy products such as hard cheese and preservative-free yogurt.
Some of the best foods to stock up on to reverse aging are:
- Berries – Loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants.
- Dark Chocolate – Can provide UV protection when eaten in small quantities.
- Wild-Caught Fish – Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fish helps decrease inflammation and lowers heart attack risk.
- Red Wine – One glass of red wine contains potent antioxidants that help stop aging.
- Garlic – Garlic not only boosts your immune system, it helps lower cholesterol and maintains cellular health.
- Drink More Water
Soda drinkers beware: You’re speeding up the aging process with each and every can! Dr. Oz puts high fructose corn syrup, a leading sweetener in soda, as one of his “10 major agers” because of its affect on both your body and mind. High fructose corn syrup causes your blood sugar to spike rapidly and come crashing down just as quickly. This increases your risk for diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
HFCS can also make your brain age faster and increase your risk of dementia. Also, soda is made with distilled water. Despite what you may believe, all water is not the same. Distilled water is made by boiling the water, where it is then evaporated and vapor condensed. Because of this process, distilled water contains no minerals and instead pulls minerals and nutrients directly from your body! Think about how many cans of soda you consume each day and what it’s really doing to your health!
Your body is made up of over 80% water. You need it to live. Chronic dehydration is an epidemic due to the mass consumption of soda and sugary fruit drinks. To reverse the aging process, drink as much pure water as you can each day. Stay hydrated the healthy way. If you really can’t stand the taste of plain water, add a couple of slices of lemon or lime or switch off with pure coconut water, an excellent hydrator that helps balance electrolytes.
- Exfoliate on the Cheap
Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells and toxins while improving circulation. There’s no need to rush out and buy a special product to do this. What you need you most likely have at home in the kitchen cupboard: Baking soda. Just sprinkle a ½ teaspoon of baking soda on your hand and add water to make a paste. Gently massage the mixture onto your face and rinse with warm water. Follow with a splash of cold water to tighten pores. Not only can it be used as a cheap way to exfoliate, baking soda has dozens of health and beauty uses.
- Moisturize the Natural Way
Daily moisturizing is another great way to reverse aging and keep skin looking supple and soft. Unfortunately, many commercial moisturizers contain harmful, cancer-causing chemicals. Liquid Drops is an all-natural formula designed to boost your skin’s moisture by up to 28% in as little as 6 hours! For extremely dry skin, turn to AHA Marine Moisture Cream with algae peptide for a blast of instant hydration that lasts and lasts!
- Whiten without the Expense
Even if your skin looks youthful, your teeth can age you. If coffee, tea, and wine stains are making your teeth look older and more yellow than they ought to, you might have thought about picking up one of those whitening kits. Whitening kits are not only expensive, they can cause tooth sensitivity and gum pain. Instead, try this: Mix enough baking soda and peroxide into a shallow bowl to make a paste. Using a soft-bristled electric toothbrush, massage the mixture into your teeth and gums. Rinse as usual. Do once each day for one week and you’ll really notice a difference!
Supplements That Practically Stop Aging in its Tracks
When it comes to reversing the aging process, secret beauty tips can go a long way in making you look and feel your best. However, no beauty routine can be complete without the right supplements. In today’s day and age, few of us get the proper amount of nutrients we need in our diets, no matter how well we eat. This is where supplements come in. However, not all supplements are created equal. If you’re currently taking a multi-vitamin, for instance, you’re probably wasting your money. This is because many store-bought vitamins are man-made synthetics your body does not recognize or absorb.
To get the most out of your nutritional supplements, it’s important you take whole food supplements without any harmful additives or preservatives.
Here are the supplements I recommend to patients to help slow down the aging process:
- Diamond Nutritional’s Foundation Vitamins
Unlike commercial dietary supplements, which contain synthetic versions of vitamins, Diamond Nutritional’s Foundation Vitamins provide complete, whole-food nutrition your body can easily absorb.
Foundation’s beauty-promoting ingredients include:
- Vitamin A – 7,500 IU
- Vitamin C – 500 mg
- Vitamin D3 – 500 IU
- Vitamin E – 100 IU
- Vitamin K – 50 mcg
- Thiamine – 25 mg
- Riboflavin – 25 mg
- Niacin – 25 mg
- Vitamin B6 – 38 mg
- Folic Acid – 400 mcg
- Vitamin B12 – 500 mcg
- Biotin – 200 mcg
- Panthothenic Acid – 150 mg
- Calcium – 100 mg
- Iodine – 113 mcg
- Magnesium – 200 mg
- Zinc – 10 mg
- Selenium – 100 mcg
- Copper – 1 mg
- Manganese – 2.5 mg
- Chromium – 200 mcg
- Molybdenum – 25 mcg
- Potassium – 50 mg
- Choline Bitartrate USP – 50 mg
- Inositol – 50 mg
- Mixed Tocopherols – 50 mg
- Lipoic Acid – 25 mg
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine USP – 25 mg
- Rutin – 25 mg
- Lutein – 3 mg
- Boron – 1.5 mg
- Lycopene – 1 mg
- Vanadyl Sulfate Hydrate – 1 mg
- Diamond Nutritional’s Skin, Hair, and Nails Formula
Complete nutrition means not only taking a dietary supplement that helps fuel your insides, but using a product that also beautifies your skin, hair, and nails from the inside out. Oftentimes, as we age, our skin not only loses elasticity, our hair becomes thinner, our nails brittle. To combat this, I recommend Diamond Nutritional’s Skin, Hair, and Nails formula.
Our skin, hair, and nails formula contains a synergistic blend of ingredients designed to improve your skin’s elasticity while strengthening hair and nails.
These ingredients include:
- MSM – Removes toxins and excess fluids from skin and hair. This results in stronger nails, smoother skin, and softer hair.
- Horsetail Grass – High in silica, an essential nutrient to nails, horsetail grass helps reverse nail damage so you can regrow healthy nails.
- Stinging Nettle Leaf – Relives inflammation and allergies and treats Hashimoto’s thyroid, a common cause of brittle nails.
- Fo-Ti Root –Smoothes skin, erases wrinkles, and repairs broken or brittle nails.
- PABA – This B-complex vitamin is well known for its natural anti-aging benefits and ability to relieve chronic inflammation.
- Biotin – Strengthens hair and helps you grow stronger nails. If you avoid yeast, wheat bran, or eggs you might be biotin deficient.
- Selenium – A trace mineral, selenium helps improve nail strength and health. Since too much selenium can actually lead to brittle nails, my formula contains 25 mcg. This is just the right amount to treat your brittle nails without worsening the problem.
- Betaine HCL – A natural digestive aid. As you age, your digestion slows. Poor digestion can lead to autoimmune disease, chronic inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.
- Diamond Nutritional’s Balanced Omega Formula
You may have heard that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can protect your heart health and ease joint pain but did you know fish oil is good for your skin? Regular consumption of EPA and DHA fatty acid helps regulate oil production, which boosts the moisture content of your skin. It also helps prevent acne blemishes and smoothes crow’s feet and other fine lines.
How does your fish oil supplement stack up? In order to get the balanced nutrition you need to both look and feel more youthful, you need a potent combination of EPA and DHA. Fact is, most products will say 1,000 mg. or 1,200 mg. on the front label but on the back, the EPA and DHA may only add up to 300 mg. or so. The rest are fillers.
This is quite misleading, as most folks need 1,000-4,000 mg. of combined EPA/DHA depending on what they are treating. So if you take 1-4 capsules of your favorite store-bought omega-3 1,000 mg. capsules, you’re only getting 300-1,200 mg. of DHA/EPA. Since store-bought omega-3 fatty acid supplements are so greatly diluted, you’d have to take double or triple the recommended dosage, which means you don’t get nearly as much nutrition for your dollar.
Furthermore, most commercial omega-3 supplements are not molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals and impurities, such as concentrated fish proteins that may cause burping or indigestion. Ours are. Balanced Omega Formula is molecularly distilled for complete nutrition with no repeat.
Age is just a number and you’re only as young as you feel. Once you start taking better care of your health on the inside, you’ll feel and look better on the outside. Diet and exercise play a major role in keeping you looking and feeling young. Quitting smoking and keeping yourself at a healthy body weight will also help you feel and think young. A combination of special skin supplements and the right anti-aging cream can help reverse the signs of aging and have everybody asking if you’ve had “work” done.