at any time of life, shouldn’t we have
the BEST SKIN posible?
be kind to your skin…
The most important way to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, freckles, age spots and rough, dry skin. Sun exposure can also cause more-serious problems such as skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:
Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. You might also opt for special sun-protective clothing, which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays while keeping you cool and comfortable.
Use sunscreen when you’re in the sun. Apply generous amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours, after heavy sweating or having been in water.
Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients such as vitamin A, that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin – fibres that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking – such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke – may contribute to wrinkles.
Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin so keep it gentle.
Strong soaps can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel. In this way some moisture remains on your skin.
Find a moisturiser that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft.
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear but research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and carbohydrates may promote younger looking skin.
To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results may be more dramatic than you expect.