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The Six Things You Can do to Have Truly Younger Looking Skin Taken from here

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege If you want to have soft, smooth, younger looking skin, then read on. The following information is just what you need to get the skin you?ve always wanted, no matter what your age.

Limit Intense Sun Exposure


Exposing your skin to intense sunlight for an extended period of time may result in sunburn, which you always want to avoid. Sunburned skin is more susceptible to damage and may age more quickly. During the hottest hours of the day, typically this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., be sure to limit your sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or other protective clothing, particularly during the summer months.

Using sunscreen is not a good way to limit your sun exposure; in fact, sunscreen is one of the LAST things you want to put on your body. Sunscreen is a toxic chemical that can cause problems in your system and increase your risk of disease.

Remember that sunlight is not something to be avoided. You need sunlight in order to stay healthy. The key is to gradually build up your resistance to the sun by going out slowly in the beginning of the season, perhaps 10 minutes at a time to start, and always avoid getting burned.

Avoid "Yo-Yo" Dieting


A recurrent cycle of gaining and losing weight will cause your skin to stretch and become less elastic. As you age, this loose skin will be more prone to sagging and wrinkles simply by the force of gravity.

However, remaining overweight will also contribute to older looking skin, as excess fat can accumulate around your chin, neck and cheeks as you age. Maintaining your ideal weight will keep your skin firm and

If you need to lose weight, my book, The Total Health Program, can help you to keep the weight off for good.

Coconut Oil

Using virgin coconut oil as you would any lotion is an ideal way to rejuvenate skin. Not only does it prevent the formation of damaging free radicals and protect against them, but also it can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight.

Coconut oil keeps the skin?s connective tissues strong and supple, which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles, and in some cases it might even restore damaged or diseased skin.

Coconut oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing, unlike most lotions. The coconut oil can help bring back a youthful appearance to your skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy "shine." And the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.

Naturally, you need to choose a high-quality coconut oil that is free of chemicals and is not bleached or hydrogenated, all of which can irritate your skin, if you want to experience the maximum healing effects. My team and I here researched coconut oil extensively until we found the ideal source--one that is certified organic and made from the freshest coconuts. I now highly recommend and offer you what is clearly the premier brand of virgin coconut oil in the United States, Tropical Traditions.

If you decide to use another brand of virgin coconut oil, be sure it meets these requirements.

Relax Your Facial Muscles


If you frown (or smile broadly) often, over time lines will form where the muscles tend to contract. Try to become aware of any tense muscles in your face and make a conscious effort to relax them.

Similarly, sleeping on your face may cause wrinkles to appear over time because of the continuous pressure and pulling of your facial skin. Try sleeping on your back or varying your sleeping positions so that you don?t create permanent creases in your skin.

Get Plenty of Omega-3


Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to healthy skin, but unfortunately most people are seriously deficient. Making sure you get enough omega-3 in your diet, by taking fish oil or cod liver oil regularly, will help to keep your skin looking vibrant, young and healthy.

Omega-3 fats help to normalize skin lipids and prevent dehydration in the cells. This keeps skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease the appearance of fine lines. Fatty acid deficiency can manifest in a variety of ways, but skin problems such as eczema, thick patches of skin, and cracked heels are common. Plus, omega-3 fats may have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help to calm irritated skin, giving you a clear, smooth complexion.

Aside from taking a high-quality fish oil or cod liver oil (now is the time when most will want to switch to cod liver oil, click here for details), you can also indulge in delicious, omega-3-packed Vital Choice salmon--the only fish I?ll now eat. Although I don?t recommend eating most commercial fish due to mercury contamination, the Vital Choice brand of salmon, which comes from the cold, pristine waters of Alaska, proved to be free from harmful levels of mercury and other toxins when we had it lab tested. If you choose to eat fish from another source, please be sure it has been independently lab-tested and found to be safe to eat.

Avoid Cigarette Smoke


Whether you smoke yourself or are around people who do, cigarette smoke exposes you to damaging free radicals that will accelerate the aging process by damaging the microcapillaries in the skin. This limits the skin?s ability to absorb nutrients, which accelerates wrinkling and aging.

Antioxidants, such as those found in fresh vegetables and fruit like organic blueberries, can help to fight free-radical damage and will naturally promote healthy, young-looking skin. A diet with plenty of vegetables will also provide plenty of micronutrients and antioxidants, which will limit damage from the sun and accelerate the skin?s repair processes. Although you should strive to get your nutrients from whole foods, if you want to fortify your diet with antioxidants but find that your lifestyle makes it difficult to get enough fresh veggies, Living Fuel Rx Super Greens, rich in healthy greens, and Living Fuel Rx Super Berry, very high in antioxidant berries, make excellent alternatives.


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My NOTE: I like Dr. Mercola's site because he has A LOT of informative information on just about anything. Even he suggests that we could benefit from sun ..the RIGHT kind of sun ..NOT SUNBURN.
 

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Yup the number one thing to remember is sun protection. I know some women that are in their 60s-70s with almost perfect skin. When I ask them how they managed to keep it so healthy, they tell me that they never tanned and spent too much time in the sun.
 

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I heard about the thing about sleeping on your face or face down....causing your skin to sag as you sleep....man I just can't sleep on my back though....darn it.
 

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Hi everyone, I am a newbee. I am 38 and I have never had any lines or wrinkles on my face, until I had a hysterectomy 3 yrs ago. I am starting to get these fine lines from the tear ducts of my eyes to the nose area. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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Hi everyone, I am a newbee. I am 38 and I have never had any lines or wrinkles on my face, until I had a hysterectomy 3 yrs ago. I am starting to get these fine lines from the tear ducts of my eyes to the nose area. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Hi Michelle. Welcome to skincartalk. Are you sure that the wrinkles & lines are a result of the hysterectomy? I did a google search and found this document:

http://patienteducation.upmc.com/Pdf/Hysterectomy.pdf

There is a line in there that says "A hysterectomy has no. effect on aging or the development of. wrinkles."

Or maybe it was just a coincidence?

There are a few posts on the forums that talk about anti aging. You should check them out.
 

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First of all....welcome to skincaretalk, Michelle, glad to have you aboard.

Here's my thought: The timing of they hysterctomy was probably just right is all. Meaning even without the hysterectomy....the fine lines probably would have started. Heck, I'm 34 and I've got them....but see I was not so nice to my skin in the past. So it was probably just a coincidence.

2nd, as for what to use for fine lines....look for a good eye cream that has peptides or vitamin c and/or DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin e.....just make sure the eye cream you choose is safe and do a patch test first.
 

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Welcome Michelle - again sounds coincidental. I know I've had fabulous results with copper peptide products and alternate those with Vit. C products. I take my DMAE internally along with MSM and Vit. C (taking Vit. C internally allows you to use the copper peptides w/o negating them).

Also add a biological oil for moisturising - emu oil, camellia oil and squalene oil are really great, get absorbed and shouldn't cause breakouts.
 

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Coconut Oil

Using virgin coconut oil as you would any lotion is an ideal way to rejuvenate skin. Not only does it prevent the formation of damaging free radicals and protect against them, but also it can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight.

Coconut oil keeps the skin?s connective tissues strong and supple, which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles, and in some cases it might even restore damaged or diseased skin.

Coconut oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing, unlike most lotions. The coconut oil can help bring back a youthful appearance to your skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy "shine." And the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.

Naturally, you need to choose a high-quality coconut oil that is free of chemicals and is not bleached or hydrogenated, all of which can irritate your skin, if you want to experience the maximum healing effects. My team and I here researched coconut oil extensively until we found the ideal source--one that is certified organic and made from the freshest coconuts. I now highly recommend and offer you what is clearly the premier brand of virgin coconut oil in the United States, Tropical Traditions.

If you decide to use another brand of virgin coconut oil, be sure it meets these requirements.

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Hi everyone, just joined today, I am on a quest for younger looking skin and am trying sooo hard to treat it well after 30+ years of abusing it!

I found your reference to coconut oil as a moisturizer intriguing. I use jojoba but last night gave the coconut a try, and....I think I like it!!


My question is: I use Spectrum Naturals brand, Organic unrefined coconut oil. Ingredients say "100% mechanically (expeller) pressed anturally unrefined organic coconut oil" ... is the "mechanically pressed" part something I should stay away from? otherwise I thought this looked like a good brand to use, since it's organic and unrefined.

Thanks in advance!!


-PhatCat
 

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Hi everyone, just joined today, I am on a quest for younger looking skin and am trying sooo hard to treat it well after 30+ years of abusing it!

I found your reference to coconut oil as a moisturizer intriguing. I use jojoba but last night gave the coconut a try, and....I think I like it!!


My question is: I use Spectrum Naturals brand, Organic unrefined coconut oil. Ingredients say "100% mechanically (expeller) pressed anturally unrefined organic coconut oil" ... is the "mechanically pressed" part something I should stay away from? otherwise I thought this looked like a good brand to use, since it's organic and unrefined.

Thanks in advance!!


-PhatCat
Hi PhatCat and welcome here. Not sure but it sounds like the way they do it is fine. You can read more here from the site I get it from. Granted they all tote their own special ways, I just know that this product is also a good one too. I'm not crazy about Jojoba - I don't use it. I've heard many complain of breakouts using it as it doesn't absorb as well. As for coconut oil, I use Tropical Traditions brand. They had a sale a few months ago and I got 4 large jars of it. It's great for everything - both internal and external.
 

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I heard about the thing about sleeping on your face or face down....causing your skin to sag as you sleep....man I just can't sleep on my back though....darn it.
I sleep on my face too. Thats the only way I can sleep! At least we won't have flat butts!
 

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Hello everyone just joined today, this one is for Dr Joseph Mercola, is coconut suntan oil with SPF 15 with ingredients of Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene and Propyl Hydroxybenzoate safe to use on your face and arms before going out into the sun as I use it everyday but not sunbaking, never sunbake in my life as I was told sun is not good for our skin when I was young by my mum and I always wear a hat and carry umbrellas at all times. Thanks.
 

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Hello everyone just joined today, this one is for Dr Joseph Mercola, is coconut suntan oil with SPF 15 with ingredients of Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene and Propyl Hydroxybenzoate safe to use on your face and arms before going out into the sun as I use it everyday but not sunbaking, never sunbake in my life as I was told sun is not good for our skin when I was young by my mum and I always wear a hat and carry umbrellas at all times. Thanks.
Welcome.....is this a question or a statement? Hard to tell from your writing style.
Poor sunscreen. You can do much better. I'm not a huge Mercola fan. He even sells tanning beds on his site.
 

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Welcome.....is this a question or a statement? Hard to tell from your writing style.
Poor sunscreen. You can do much better. I'm not a huge Mercola fan. He even sells tanning beds on his site.
I'm really confused with this whole Mercola stuff??? And why we are asking him questions? Did I miss something???
 

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I use coconut oil to on my skin as a moisturizer and my hair as a treatment.I even tried cooking with it but I really don't recommend it! UCKY! however I do wear a darn good sunblock. I remember as a teen I used to tan now I guess I'm slowly starting to pay for it but fighting that every step of the way.
 

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I use coconut oil to on my skin as a moisturizer and my hair as a treatment.I even tried cooking with it but I really don't recommend it! UCKY! however I do wear a darn good sunblock. I remember as a teen I used to tan now I guess I'm slowly starting to pay for it but fighting that every step of the way.
Mony- can i ask which sunblock do u use? i am always on the look-out of a good sunblock esp one that keeps my skin matte as I have oily skin.
All the those I have tried so far leaves my skin greasy


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I use coconut oil to on my skin as a moisturizer and my hair as a treatment.I even tried cooking with it but I really don't recommend it! UCKY! however I do wear a darn good sunblock. I remember as a teen I used to tan now I guess I'm slowly starting to pay for it but fighting that every step of the way.
Did you know that if you take a Tablespoon of coconut oil everyday it helps to lose weight?
 
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