IMPROVE HEALTH NATURALLY

Improve Health Naturally With Via Nature

Well-being and what contributes to it:

HEALTHY DIET

As the adage goes, you are what you eat. This is especially true when it comes to your skin. You can care for your skin from the inside out by eating whole, healthy foods that are high in vitamins, nutrients and good fats. Almonds, for example, are very high in Vitamin A, which bolsters your skin’s UV-blocking abilities. Carrots are rich in vitamin E, which helps clear up acne by halting the over-production of cells on your skin’s outer layer. The selenium found in tuna fish helps preserve elastin, an important protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. By being aware of what we put in our bodies, and tailoring our diets to what we wish to achieve, it is possible to grow and age into the healthiest, most beautiful versions of ourselves.

PLENTY OF SLEEP

It is important to allow your body to recharge each night. It has been proven that when our bodies do not get enough sleep, our cognitive abilities decrease. A new study* suggests that aside from simply making us tired, sleep deprivation may also disrupt the activity of our genes and metabolism, potentially having long-lasting effects. Do your brain and you body a favor by putting aside enough time to get some quality shut-eye.

EXERCISE

Keeping active is an important part of every healthy lifestyle. By getting your body moving and your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes each day, you will increase your cardiovascular strength, build muscle and release endorphins. Whether you swim, bike, run, do yoga, or walk, embracing the power of your body will leave you feeling and looking beautiful (albeit a bit sore the next day).

Replenish what the elements and time take away.

Be good to yourself- you deserve it! The practice of caring for your body and mind is a daily routine. Make time to rejuvenate your skin and relax with the soothing scents and textures of Via Nature skincare products.

TIME TO LEARN

Developing healthy habits is critical to aging well. We learn more about ourselves, and the world around us, every day. At Via Nature, we believe that we have an obligation to be continuously exploring, experimenting and learning about all that science and nature has to offer. We believe the same holds true when it comes to taking care of our bodies. By committing to knowing yourself, understanding your body’s unique needs and treating your body with love and respect, we believe you can achieve health, well-being and peace.

What factors contribute to aging skin?

There are two types of aging that we all experience, as we get older: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging. Intrinsic aging is what naturally happens as you age. That is, your skin and hair get thinner and drier. These effects of aging affect everyone, but the degree to which you experience them is due to your genetics. The second type of aging, extrinsic aging, is caused by factors outside of your genetics, such as sun exposure, stress, lifestyle and even gravity!

INTRINSIC:

Genetics: As people age, many experience a loss of fat in their faces, which causes skin to sag, and appear loose. Aging also renders skin thinner, more fragile and prone to bruising. We lose oil glands as we age, which can make our skin feel drier. Each person ages differently, but by looking to older members of your family or, to a lesser extent, your ethnicity, you may garner a better of understanding of what you can expect as you get older.

Facial Expressions:  As we age, our skin loses its natural ability to spring back. Repeating the same facial expression over and over can accentuate wrinkles.  We have all heard the expression “laugh lines”, and seen lines develop around our eyes from squinting and other habitual facial expressions.  We’d never suggest you give up on belly laughs, but committing to a skincare routine can delay and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

EXTRINSIC:

Drinking Alcohol: Chronic alcohol consumption causes both accelerated and exaggerated aging.  Over time, regular alcohol consumption will begin to denigrate your body’s circulation causing inflammation, redness and wrinkles. A binge drinker will experience the effects of aging much sooner, and more dramatically, than a casual drinker.

Smoking Cigarettes: Smoking cigarettes causes accelerated aging in your skin.  The nicotine in cigarettes reduces blood flow by narrowing the blood vessels in the outer-most layer of skin. This deprives your skin of oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A, and causes wrinkles and discoloration. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals that have been proven to damage collagen and elastin, the fibers in your skin that retain its strength and elasticity. As a result, the skin on a smoker’s face and body will prematurely wrinkle and sag. Additionally, the repeated pursing of lips and squinting of eyes associated with smoking has been proven to etch fine lines into the areas around the mouth and eyes.

Sun Damage:  The sun can rob your skin of its ability to repair itself.  Photo aging occurs over time, and is cumulative.  Those with fair skin will show this damage more dramatically, but it is important to note that those of us with darker complexions are not immune to the sun damage!  UV rays break down collagen, the protein in our skin that keeps it strong, and can impair the synthesis of new collagen.  Always protect your skin from the sun by using a high quality sun screen and applying it often.

Stress:  New studies** have shown that stress contributes to premature aging.  Science now tells us that stress can alter the very molecules in our bodies, and that they are responsive to our psychological environment. There is less of a separation of mind and body than once thought! Researchers studying the effects of stress found that people who had the highest levels of job stress also had shrunken telomeres in their DNA. When telomeres become too short, the cells either become damaged or die. Not only can stress change how our DNA functions, it can also lead to unhealthy behaviors such as eating poorly, losing sleep, drinking alcohol in excess, or smoking. Although it can sometimes seem impossible to carve out time during your day, it is very important for your mind and body to take a deep breath, relax, and be good to yourself.

When to start your skin care and body care regiment?

The earlier you begin to thoughtfully take care of your skin, the better protected and nourished your skin will be- and the better chance you have of fending off the effects of pollution, UV exposure, weather, and the tracts of time.  It is never too late to begin the daily practice of caring for your skin, so if you have not yet begun moisturizing and repairing your skin each day, start right now.  Your skin will thank you for it.

Sources:
* www.health.usnews.com

** www.plosone.org