5 natural things that keep you looking young

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Three-hour nights, long working days, parties and children – they all take their toll on our skin. But, if you, like me, refuse to let time win, then here are five top anti-ageing tips from a top practitioner.

Remember the first time you found a grey hair, or when the first signs of crow’s feet started appearing in the corners of your eyes? I do, and the face I pulled resembled Munch’s The Scream.

Since then I’ve always been on the look out for things that would help me look and feel younger. I even used to head to Havana and boogie all night long to feel 23 again, but then I realised that if I’m old enough to use the word ‘boogie’ then I really shouldn’t be boogieing in Paceville. But as fate had it, I met a Russian beauty expert by chance while having a coffee – and I’ve decided to share her secrets.

Dr Liudmila Kamelina is an aesthetic dermatology practitioner from the Danishuk Clinic in Moscow, Russia, and she specialises in aesthetic dermatology. She has been the main speaker at many Russian and international medical congresses all around the world, including in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey and Uzbekistan. She also writes for many popular and scientific magazines about dermatology, aesthetic medicine and beauty.

We chatted for a while, about her holiday here and our love lives, our children and her passion, Tango Milonga, but after a while I couldn’t help but ask her how she manages to keep herself looking so young… and these were her top 5 tips.

Consume More Vitamin C: Vitamin C is found in oranges, bell peppers, papaya and strawberries; and as an antioxidant, it helps neutralise free radicals which cause the human organism a lot of harm. The Free Radical Theory of Ageing (FRTA) states that free-radical damage is caused by the accumulation of unpaired electrons leading living beings to age. Vitamin C helps to prevent free radicals (ie unpaired electrons) from oxidising thus slowing down ageing. How’s that for a Fountain of Eternal Youth, bitchez? (Sorry, my son’s been listening to a lot of hip hop lately and I can’t get that word out of my head.)

Drink More Water: Our lungs, liver and kidneys are designed to eliminate toxics and dispose of them, but when the intake and production of toxins becomes too much, the body needs help and that’s where water comes in. Water helps transport nutrients to where they should go and flush out toxins – an accumulation of which can fast-forward the ageing process. Water is also a natural lubricant, which will help keep your bowels functioning properly! ­– This also means that you’ll be less bloated since you’ll be dropping off the kids at the pool more frequently!

Sleep Before Midnight: There is a reason we awake when it’s light and sleep when it’s dark: and that reason is melatonin – one of the body’s most powerful, natural antioxidants. This chemical is often referred to as the ‘Dracula of Hormones’ because it is only produced by our bodies when it’s dark, so sleeping before midnight is essential to make sure you get plenty of this hormone. Also, it is important to sleep a minimum of seven hours a night as that is when your body regenerates!

Don’t Get Sunburnt: Getting sunburnt is one of the worst things you can do to your skin, particularly because it ages it tremendously. If you want to look darker, go for a gradual tan and wear plenty of sunscreen. Also – and this is some advice of my own – please make sure your skin isn’t Oompa-Loompa-orange, this is real life not The Only Way is Essex.

Control Amounts of Alcohol: Alcohol damages beauty and youth more than all the things above put together. Alcohol causes early wrinkles, loss of elasticity, loss of collagen, redness and a thousand and one other things. Limit your drinking to a glass a day, and preferably even less. ­Booooo!

Natural Things That Will Help Your Body Fight the Process of Ageing:

  • Using natural yogurt as a face-mask is easy and effective. Natural yogurt contains lactic acid, which lightly peels the skin and stimulates its rejuvenation. It also makes skin look lighter and, therefore, younger.
  • Use natural, ground coffee beans – not instant! – and scrub your face and body with them once a week or fortnight. Coffee contains caffeine, a chemical that helps to rejuvenate; it is also more environmentally friendly than the plastic micro beads found in most scrubs, and it may also have a lipolytic effect, meaning that it breaks down fat – this is still being researched, however.

Do you have any other tips on how staying looking young naturally? Let us know!

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