Facial skin loses firmness and tone as a natural result of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to fight it. Cosmetic and nutraceutical science have identified substances and practices that, unlike many traditional skin creams and treatments, can actually work to tone the skin.
Combining advanced skin care ingredients, a healthy diet, and good lifestyle practices can produce noticeable face firming results. In particular, by using products with sophisticated key ingredients designed to help reduce wrinkles and increase firmness, you can fight the signs of aging without invasive cosmetic procedures.
This article will discuss:
- Ingredients to Keep Your Face Firm
- Face Firming Diet
- Simple Tips to Ensure a Firm Face
Ingredients to Keep Your Face Firm
Traditional skin care products and wrinkle creams may be effective moisturizers, but when it comes to face firming, most fall flat. They simply aren’t able to treat the causes of loss of skin firmness and other symptoms of aging. Now, several ingredients have been identified that can treat all the signs of aging and improve all aspects of skin’s appearance to help achieve real face firming.
Dimethylaminoethanol, better known as DMAE, is an especially potent face firming ingredient. It helps to tighten, firm, and contour the skin. DMAE performs several functions for the body. It helps produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine activates muscles to stimulate contraction and firmness. Thus, DMAE actually works to tighten the muscles of the face and give a lifted, contoured appearance to the skin. DMAE is also an important ingredient for face firming because it DMAE enhances the effects of the antioxidants that are powerful anti-aging treatments.
Alpha Lipoic Acid, or ALA, is just such a powerful antioxidant. It works to improve the appearance of skin, helps protect cells, and fights the aging effects of free radical damage. It’s an especially useful antioxidant because it works so well with other antioxidants. When antioxidants like vitamins C and E begin to falter in their cell protective role, ALA helps boost their positive effects.
Sodium Hyaluronate is a substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and protect tissues. When used externally, it helps lock in moisture and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This helps skin looks smooth, fresh, and renewed.
Face Firming Diet
In addition to improving skin’s appearance though topical treatments, your diet can be a face firming tool. A diet perfect for healthy, firm looking skin consists of high protein food full of healthy fats, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and antioxidant-rich produce. These foods decrease inflammation in the body and give your cells the tools they need to firm, protect, and rejuvenate skin.
The best protein sources are cold water fish, especially salmon, chicken, and tofu. Salmon is an excellent source of healthy fats like omega-3, but they are also found in nuts and extra virgin olive oil. Low-glycemic carbohydrates include whole grains like old-fashioned oatmeal, beans, and legumes. And of course, fruits and vegetables are great sources of the antioxidants that are necessary to protect cells. Leafy greens and brightly colored fruits like berries are especially antioxidant-rich.
For ideas on ways to incorporate these foods into your diet, try these recipes:
- 1 cup Natural Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. minced ginger
- 1 tsp. Organic Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 tsp. yellow mustard seed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 6 oz. salmon fillets
- 3 tbsp. diced green onions
Mix together orange juice with tamari, garlic, ginger, mustard and mustard seed in a glass baking dish. Add salmon, cover and refrigerate 1 to 4 hours, turning salmon once or twice. Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush grate or pan lightly with canola oil. Place salmon on grill. Cook 5 minutes each side, per inch of thickness. Let salmon rest 3 minutes before serving. Garnish with green onions.
For dessert, try this wonderful smoothie:
- 1 cup organic, unsweetened pomegranate juice
- ½ cup frozen organic blueberries
- 8 fresh, frozen strawberries
- 2 tsp. Green Magma barley grass juice powder
Blend all ingredients until smooth
Simple Tips to Ensure Firm Skin
In addition to diet and skin care, you can incorporate lifestyle practices that help make skin look firm and young. Regular exercise is an important step because when you’re healthy, your skin will reflect it. Muscles that aren’t exercised lose mass and tone, and this makes the skin over them look less firm.
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Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 every day. Years of sun exposure are a major cause of many symptoms of aging skin, including loss of firmness. Avoid going out in the sun from the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM when the UV rays are the strongest. Apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside so that it can be absorbed. Reapply regularly whenever you’re outside.
Work to reduce the stress in your life, because when you are stressed, people can tell by looking at your face. When you experience stress, your body releases hormones like cortisol that interfere with the process of skin regeneration. Other activities that can hurt skin’s appearance are skipping breakfast or any meal, consuming too many carbohydrates, and not being adequately hydrated.
The Perricone Lifestyle and skin care products are designed to reduce the signs of aging and increase skin firmness. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet is targeted to the foods that help heal skin, especially when used along with products like the Advanced Face Firming Activator, which is now cheaper because of a new Perricone discount, and the Face Finishing Moisturizer. This product contains key ingredients like Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE that can produce visible face firming results.