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Keeping Your Skin Healthy

 

3 steps to Healthy Skin!
1. Stay Out Of The Sun
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The amount of time you spend in the sun plays a major role in the way your skin ages.This is because the sun emits ultraviolet light (UV) that damages collagen and elastin fibres in the epidermis. As well as painful, lobster-red sunburn caused by UVB rays, UV light also ages the skin much faster than normal. The rays responsible for ageing, known as UVA, do not burn or heat the skin, so you do not know when you are exposed to them.

When skin on the face and hands shows signs of ageing before the rest of your body, it is known as 'sun-induced premature skin ageing'.If you think there is less risk of sun-induced premature skin ageing in the winter, think again:UVA light reaches your skin at exactly the same intensity all year round and all round the world.

The only way you can protect yourself from sun induced premature skin ageing, is to wear a UVA screen on your face and hands all year round, choose a daily facial moisturiser that contains 'broad-spectrum sunscreens/ or specific UVA filters.

2. Eat Healthily
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While a balanced diet will help keep your skin healthy, certain key vitamins are particularly beneficial
  • Vitamin A: stops your skin becoming dry and flaky.
  • Vitamin C: helps your skin produce collagen.
  • Vitamin E: rehydrates your skin and helps heal cuts and grazes.
  • Co-enzyme Q10: strengthens the epidermis against lines and wrinkles.
  • Essential Fatty Acids: help regulate hormones and hydrate the skin.
  • Zinc and calcium: promote healthy skin cell growth.


3. Stop Smoking
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Smoking introduces harsh chemicals into the body that slow its circulation. As the skin depends on a healthy circulation for all its nutrients, smokers find that their skin can be dull, dry and lacking in natural vitality. Smoking overloads the body with toxins, which the skin is partly responsible for eliminating. With so much of its energy dedicated to 'waste disposal' it has fewer resources left for regenerating and repairing itself. This is why a smoker's skin will always look older than that of a non-smoker of the same age.
Care for your Skin
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While your skin is very good at taking care of itself, it encounters many hazards in modern life that it is simply not prepared for. An effective skin care routine is therefore the key to maintaining healthy skin for life.

Moisturising Modern life serves up a daily cocktail of stresses and strains that all have a negative impact on the health and vitality of your skin. You can counteract these and improve the way your skin feels and behaves by choosing an effective moisturiser. Moisturising is an essential skin care step whether your epidermis is dry, normal, oily or combination.

Exfoliating It may sound painful, but exfoliation simply means removing dead cells from the surface of the epidermis. While these dead cells shed naturally over time, they can remain 'stuck' to the surface of the skin for longer, where they can make your complexion dull and lacklustre. The answer is to use a facial exfoliant once or twice a week. These are similar to cleansers, but contain mildly abrasive 'grains'. However, you may have heard of AHAs (short for 'alpha hydroxy acids') which dissolve the sticky substance between the dead skin cells and allow them to fall away without any massaging or rinsing. You will find AHAs in day and night creams as well as body lotions and hand creams.

Cleansing
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Your skin accumulates all manner of unwanted debris, including dead skin cells, sebum, make-up, dust and airborne pollutants. These make it look dull and can lead to spots, blackheads and other blemishes. Therefore, your first skin care priority should be cleansing, ideally in the morning and the evening.If you use ordinary soap to cleanse your face and find that it leaves your skin feeling dry and tight, don't panic! This happens because soap removes many natural oils from the epidermis, and these take your skin several hours to replace. You can avoid this by using a specialist facial cleanser.
Useful Tips
If your skin is dry or sensitive, take care using any type of facial exfoliant, as they can be irritating. If in doubt, patch-test the formula on a small area of facial skin, and wait 24 hours for any reaction.


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