Famous French designer Coco Chanel started the tanning ritual in 1920. While sailing aboard an aristocrat's yaught she got a suntan. By the 1940's tanned skin was very fashionable and shown off by celebrities wearing bathing suits in their pin-up posters.

Although small amounts are necessary to metabolize vitamin D, we discovered that the risks far outweigh the benefits of long term sun exposure.

While losing some elasticity and muscle tone are a natural part of the aging process, wrinkles are a sign of external aging factors that you can avoid for the most part. Here are the top 5 Contributors to Wrinkles & Aging:

#1 Risk to Aging is UV Radiation due to Sun Exposure & Tanning Beds - Years of sunbathing damages the collagen, elastin and matrix of the skin creating excessive wrinkling and sagging.

#2 Cause = Cigarettes - 1st & 2nd Hand Smoke. Each puff off of a cigarette creates so many free radicals that the body's built in defense mechanism is helpless to combat them. Free radicals damage cell components and their ability to reproduce healthy cells.

#3 Cause = Drugs & Alcohol - Long-term use of alcohol, prescription and/or recreational drugs creates oxidative stress.

#4 Cause = Food; Processed, Deep fried, Charbroiled, Rancid Fats, Microwaved. Consistent unhealthy food choices create oxidative stress and break down the body's ability to repair itself.

#5 Cause = Stress & Anxiety - a stressful lifestyle creates inflammation in the body and oxidative stress.

What are Free Radicals & Oxidative Stress?

Free radicals are unstable oxygen atoms that cause damage to all parts of the cell. This cellular damage accelerates aging and creates disease in the body. Not being able to reproduce healthy cells the skin's cellular matrix is broken down, collagen fibers become inflexible and deep furrows appear in the skin as wrinkles and sagging.

This damage does not stop with the skin. Eventually it leads to damage to the organs and then to the body's systems creating one or more of a multitudes of diseases.

The bottom line is...healthy cells maintain a healthy body. We each have a natural defense mechanism in place within the body to neutralize free radical formation by producing a variety of Antioxidants. Oxidative Stress takes place when free radicals exceed the body's defense mechanism and supply of antioxidants.

Reduce your risk of disease by supporting your body's natural defense system.

Top 5 Steps for Healthier & More Vibrant Skin:

1. Drink plenty of water, include colorful, fresh veggies and fruits daily, and practice moderation when it comes to eating foods that create free radicals.

2. Take B Complex vitamins to help relieve stress.

3. Include Vitamin E to protect the cell membrane and oil-soluble parts of the cell.

4. Take Vitamin C regenerates Vit E and protects the water-soluble parts of the cell.

5. Take Coenzyme Q10 to protect the mitochondria - energy production center of the cell.

With some conscious changes and healthy additions you can ward off accelerated aging and look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside!

Written by award-winning inner & outer beauty expert, Linda Bertaut. To sign up for her FREE how-to articles and ezine, visit http://www.FaceOptions.com

Award-winning beauty expert, Linda Bertaut is an esthetician, Reiki master teacher, make-up & image consultant who specializes in bringing inner beauty to the surface. Linda's real passion is empowering people to find their true inner beauty, resulting in a transformation from the inside out. "True beauty comes from knowing who you are, and expressing yourself authentically to the world." is Linda's philosophy.

Linda founded http://www.FaceOptions.com Mineral Cosmetics in 2000 as part of her beauty business, Bertaut Beauty. With over 20 years experience in the beauty industry her products, seminars and retreats are enabling others to realize their true inner beauty as well as unlock their incredible potential to live their best lives.

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