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Hack my wrinkles (genetics or diet)

by (90) Updated March 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM Created August 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM

I've searched many threads on wrinkles but I'm trying to find concise answers to maybe help me out. I'm 25 turning 26 in a month. What I've noticed in the last 2 years is definitely an increase in wrinkles, a few around my eyes but more concerning is the smile lines from my nose to my mouth. I'm not totally paleo as I should be (grains a few times a week, dairy almost daily, sweets a couple times a week). But I try my damnedest to eat meats, healthy fats, some vegs/fruits and potatoes (safe starches). Two years ago I stopped being bulimic at which time I was usually low carb and than when I'd binge once a week i'd purge- but i wasn't a restrict-er so my weight was higher. After I stopped I slowly lost weight got leaner- in the body and face. This is when I noticed my wrinkles and now more. I just had my son 6 months ago and last i weighed I was lighter than when i had gotten pregnant. I lift weights regularly and I am no where near skinny. I still would like to lose weight actually but hopefully I won't lose more from my face. I'm wondering if its genetic or am I missing something nutrient wise. I never took supplements before or multi-vit's. I use to take D3 because it was popular but stopped a year ago because i heard negative things. I've been taking Fermented cod liver oil for a year now. Just bought some acerola cherry powder because I've heard Vit C can be good. Also have gelatin coming in the mail because i can't make bone broth right now (and heard it can work pretty well) and considering Vit E and Zinc. My mom and grandmother have amazing skin and look so young for their age. My dad had rough life due to serious drug usage but before had very beautiful tan skin. I don't get a lot of sleep now but use to. I have never drank enough water. And I use almost no skin products but started using jojoba on my face in the shower a year ago. I tried the oil cleaning method but felt like it was making my skin drier but still breaking out, which doesn't help with wrinkles . Its kind of sad because when I was younger I use to get many, many compliments on how great my skin was.. Now it seems like I'm aging fast and I have more break outs than ever!

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32175 · August 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The key here is to reduce overall inflammation & support collagen production. My skin looks much better than my younger sisters, largely because of my nutrient-dense diet & lower stress lifestyle.

Thing I have done:

Get good sleep! Essential for skin repair.

Drop the grains! (phytates inhibit mineral absorption--not great for skin health.)

Do a zinc tally test & if deficient (likely), supplement 50 mg/day of Zinc Picolinate & retest in 3 months.

Get Vitamin D level tested & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml.

Bone broth & gelatin 2-3 x a week (or more, if you wish.)

Make sure you are eating enough fat.

3-4 oz liver per week.

Vitamin C via fruit or supplement 1000 mg/day.

Warm water only on face & body (I only use Kiss May Face soap where needed--underarms, etc.)

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636 · August 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Don't use any creams or soaps. Don't wash your face. Exfoliate it naturally with a damp facecloth, once a week or less. Use coconut oil on your face, neck and back of hands at night and consume 1-2 teaspoons a day (in tea or whatever). Use one really good eye cream, occasionally. I use Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA about 3-4 days a week. Pat gently around the eyes. Keep up with the cod liver oil. Drink tons of water. Sweat TONS. Work out (or MOVE) every day and make those cheeks red and rosy. Eat fruits. Eat raw veggies in all colours of the rainbow. But most importantly - play, laugh, act young and be young. You've already put your body through a tremendous strain. It's time to have fun and relish your youth - don't stress! Watch funny movies, tell jokes and do whatever you need to do to feel happy from within. The twinkle and shine in your eyes will indicate a happy, carefree person, and that is a great preserver of youth. (I'm 34 and I look 24, apparently)

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1329 · August 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I am 26 and have noticed a huge increase in wrinkles around my eyes in the last two years. One thing is practically never wearing suncream and relying on my face to absorb vitamin D in the winter (eg exposing it to sunlight as much as possible). I wanted to believe that all the women around me (I live in Japan) were ridiculous to wear visors, carry parasols and wear armbands to avoid sun damage and taht cod liver oil and a good diet was all I needed. I was wrong. Wear. Sunscreen. (and a hat!)

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4145 · August 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Eat things that are collagen-rich. Make bone broth. Add chicken feet to stews. Tend to your intestinal health. Eat lots of fermented foods.

Sunshine does give you lots of Vitamin D but it also gives you wrinkles. Wear a hat and you can still get the benefits of the sun on other parts of your body. Never wash with soap. Coconut oil and almond oil really dried me out. I just bought some Evening Primrose Oil and am taking it both orally and using it topically and am already very pleased with the results (like, my pores looked smaller within one day and my facial redness is noticeably lessened - I'm a fan). Use a high quality shampoo or no shampoo.

I am very against sunscreen. I don't feel comfortable playing "which ingredient causes cancer this year?" Most recently, I know there has been some controversy about retinol in anti-aging lotions with sunscreen actually expediting the growth of melanoma. Terrific. Use clothing and hats instead!

Sleep. Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! Hard with an infant, yes. It goes without saying, but no smoking. Anything. Go easy on the booze. And dude, have fun. Horrible wrinkles that are evidence of an unhealthy lifestyle = no bueno. Lines that are age appropriate = awesome. Gives you character!

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1653 · August 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

i actually find the oil cleansing method to be WAYYY over drying for my skin. using coconut oil dries it out in addition to making me break out. I've resorted to using creams with Ubiquinone or CoQ10 and it's helped immensely. If you are not opposed to using beauty products like that, then i'd say give it a shot...and don't be afraid to do so! a lot of people bash "unnatural" products around this site, but not all naturally occurring compounds are safe for human use/ consumption.

another thing is I find that an O3 heavy diet or a fat heavy diet tends to dry my skin out (which also leads to wrinkle formation). Another way to put this is that a low carb diet can lead to dry skin due to the lack of Vitamin C and sugar (sugar promotes normal thyroid function, which then promotes youthful skin). To remedy this, I've added a ton of carbs back into my diet (mainly fruits - i don't really believe in the fructose hype) and my skin really glows - With this way of eating, i think the effects from vitamin c are more pronounced because it works in synergy with the compounds found in fruit

As for carbs and undesired weight gain, as long as you are not exceeding your calories needed for maintaining weight, then you WILL be fine.

Also, i'm somewhat surprised no one has mentioned liver yet... ;-)

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1329 · August 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I am 26 and have noticed a huge increase in wrinkles around my eyes in the last two years. One thing is practically never wearing suncream and relying on my face to absorb vitamin D in the winter (eg exposing it to sunlight as much as possible). I wanted to believe that all the women around me (I live in Japan) were ridiculous to wear visors, carry parasols and wear armbands to avoid sun damage and taht cod liver oil and a good diet was all I needed. I was wrong. Wear. Sunscreen. (and a hat!)

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10 · August 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM

1/well sun damage is key: so good hydration, several times a day plus sunscreen, every two or three hours peven when it is cloudy, because UVs are high nonetheless, to get an idea of the UVs in your area http://www.temis.nl/uvradiation/world_uvi.html

below two is relatively safe, see a general curve in summer here http://www.nrpbdev.org.uk/uv/uv_index.cfm?UVlocation=Leeds ] 2/acceptance of your skin, the soonest is the best

3/ see your dermatologist, you can have laser treatments for dark pigmented areas and wrinkles, but costly and not that great compared to risks [erythema, PIH , no sun whatsoever, acne, scars]

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341 · August 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Drinking enough water would probably be the most effective and immediate solution. When your body is dehydrated, your skin loses a lot of its natural elacticity and fullness. Think of it as the difference between a grape and a raisin...

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0 · December 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

@baconbittch I just stumbled on this page. You may have gotten your answer, but I felt compelled to still reply. As a skin professional, there are so many things I want to ask before answering this question - one being how long were you bulimic? Many people don't realize the effects that this sort of disorder can have on your skin. It's not something that you cannot come back from, once you're on the right track to eating healthy again, but it definitely will take time to rebuild those cells that have been damaged and confused. It does sound like you are on the right track with your new diet, but it will take some time so have patience. If you would like to pick my brain or have more questions, feel free to find me via social media - ICFaces

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