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