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How To Reduce Inflammation and Improve Your Looks

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Updated February 20, 2007

Inflammation is an immune reaction on a cellular level to an irritant. Inflammation can show up on our sking in the form of puffiness, wrinkles, enlarged pores, sagging, blotchiness, and reddening of the skin.

Inflammation can be caused by an infection or allergy. However, much inflammation is caused by lifestyle factors that we can control or mediate.

Here are some simple anti-inflammatory measures to help your skin stay young:

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: varies

Here's How:

  1. Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

    Eliminate simple sugars and processed foods, while concentrating on healthy fats. These include those found in olive oil, cold water fish and nuts. Make sure you get plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.

  2. Reduce Stress and Practice Breathing

    Practice the relaxation response several times a day in order to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone which accelerates aging.

  3. Take Supplements

    Taking vitamin and mineral supplements that contain antioxidants like vitamins C and E and alpha lipoic acid can help combat the inflammatory damage wrought by free radicals in the body.

  4. Exercise

    Getting 30-45 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five or more times per week may help reduce inflammation.

  5. Use Beauty Products with Anti-Inflammatory Properties

    These include topical preparations with coenzyme Q-10, or vitamins E or C; these ingredients help block free-radical damage. In addition, skin products that contain mushroom extract, ginger, ginseng and/or alpha lipoic acid may reduce inflammation and protect cell structures.

  6. Get Enough Sleep

    The National Sleep Foundation maintains that 8 hours of sleep is optimal for healthy adults. Make sleep a priority and you will feel and look better.

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