10 steps to younger-looking skin
Environmental exposure, poor diet, lifestyle, illness, and just plain old aging all have a big impact on how our skin looks. When you see a young healthy skin (think children!), what does it look like? Its plump, hydrated, even-toned, clear, and glowing. Here are 5 lifestyle habits to stop right now and then 5 skin care methods to start right now that will help bring that youthful look back to your skin:
1. Stop smoking
Cigarettes smoke is full of toxic chemicals which prevent the skin from properly functioning and slowly poisons it to death. Cigarette smoking uses up the body’s Vitamin C which is responsible for preserving the collagen in our skin. The result: dull, sallow, sagging skin with lines and wrinkles.
2. Stop exposing your skin UV rays
UV exposure (throughout the whole year) leads to an increase of the production of an enzyme in our skin which actually breaks down our collagen and elastin fibres leading to visible skin aging. Not to mention the chance of irregular melanin clustering (age spots or sun spots) which are an absolute tell-tale sign of skin age.
3. Stop eating a nutrition-less diet
Don’t count calories, count nutritional value! Is the food you are eating benefiting your body with antioxidants? If you aren’t taking in antioxidants in the form of fruits, vegetables, berries, herbs, fish, whole grains, nuts etc. how do you expect your body to stay healthy (including the largest organ of your body – the skin)?
4. Stop using soap to cleanse
If you are still using soap or even shower gel (yikes!) to cleanse your skin, it’s time to move into a proper cleansing regime. Soaps dry the skin and strip the skin’s natural protective barrier leaving it exposed to outside attack. Long-term sensitivity, redness, and irritation (not to mention lines and wrinkles from dehydration) are characteristic of a soap user’s skin.
5. Stop being a couch potato
Exercising increases blood flow and oxygen flow resulting in fresh, detoxified skin.
1. Start cleansing properly
Use a soap-free cleanser that’s made for your specific skin type. Try Comfort Zone Everyday Milk
2. Start exfoliating with an effective exfoliator
Our skin’s natural exfoliation really slows down as we age which is why we need to speed it back up to get rid of the dead, dull skin cells and keep the new, fresh ones on the surface. Try Comfort Zone Skin Resonance Peeling
3. Start loading your skin with antioxidants
Antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage. Free radicals attack your skin and cause skin aging, furthermore they cause mutations and can even lead to skin cancer. Since serums have the highest concentration of active ingredients, use a serum with a high antioxidant content (Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant). Try Comfort Zone Absolute Pearl Whitening Anti-Aging Defense Serum
4. Start using eye treatment products
Since the skin around the eye is thin, fragile, and lacking oil glands it’s the first place we tend to see the signs of aging. Use of a treatment product made for use in the eye area is essential in keeping your skin looking youthful. Try Comfort Zone Eye Supreme Extra Cream
5. Start wearing an SPF every single day
UVA rays are present every single day of the year, rain or shine, and they are the rays that are responsible for skin aging (remember that enzyme in your skin that gets activated with UV exposure and breaks down our collagen and elastin fibres?). UVA rays even pass right through glass so your skin is being attacked when your driving in your car, sitting at your desk beside the window, or even washing dishes in front of your kitchen window. Use of an SPF every day is mandatory even if you don’t spend much time outdoors. Try Eminence Organics Sun Defence Minerals
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