Your Ultimate Skin Care Guide
If you want to look your best – and who doesn’t – what should you think about first? Your skin. Skin that’s healthy looking (with or without wrinkles) radiates a youthful glow no matter what your age. Find out what you need to avoid to keep your skin looking healthier and younger longer.
Minimize Sun Exposure
The sun is to blame for up to 90 percent of wrinkles, not to mention the dreaded leathery look. Ultraviolet rays break down the underlying structure of skin and damage cell membranes and DNA. They also boost the production of enzymes that break down collagen. Though wearing sunscreen won’t reverse existing damage, it can help prevent further wrinkling and also protect against skin cancer.
As if you needed another reason to quit, smoking is a curse to your skin. It constricts blood vessels, decreasing blood flow and depriving skin of some of the oxygen it needs. It also introduces toxins and steps up free-radical damage to a super-charged pace.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Because alcoholic beverages dehydrate the body, overindulgence can leave your skin looking drier and older. For better overall health, limit your intake to no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman, two if you’re a man, and offset the dehydration by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
They don’t call It beauty sleep for nothing: During sleep, the body regenerates collagen and keratin (a protein in the skin’s top layer). Lack of sleep can dull the complexion and make those dark circles under your eyes worse. Raising the head of your bed by putting blocks under the legs may help reduce under-eye puffiness by allowing fluid that collects there to drain away.
Learn to Relax
Skin breakouts are common when you’re under stress, and even without them, your skin can look pale or ruddy and drawn. Relaxation techniques – and vacations, of course – can do a world of good. Treat yourself to a face or body massage. It will not only help you relax, but also improve blood and lymph circulation, accelerate the elimination of toxins, and speed the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin.
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If you want more information on how to keep your skin radiant and glowing, check out the Reader’s Digest Guide to Skin Care. Order your copy online at readersdigest.ca today!