Drink Water for a Better ComplexionYou’ve probably heard this one a thousand times before, but that’s because it works - always drink plenty of water. It may sound like a lot of effort, but you will be amazed at how quickly it can impact your skin. Try filling up a large bottle of water every day, and make sure you have consumed all of the water in the bottle by the end of the day. Just give it a week, and I promise that you will notice a vast improvement in your skin. It’s an inexpensive and quick way to get a smoother complexion.
Take Care of your Skin
The second step is to take care of your skin, and by this, I don’t just mean your morning face wash - which most often than not entails splashing your face with lukewarm water. Visit a day spa and treat yourself to a facial. You may be under the impression that facials are simply a luxury and have no long-term benefits, but in fact, they are one of the best treatments for your skin. Facials help to alter the dynamics of your skin. Think about all of the pollution and congestion inside your skin; all of that trapped dirt, causing your pores to become clogged. Facials can help to remove impurities and penetrate the skin to nourish it from within. The best thing about facials is that they can be tailored to suit your skin type so that you can gain the best results. An effective radiance restoring facial is a Rose Facial. Rose is superb for the skin; it is commonly used in toners. After all, it can help reduce redness or moisturizers because it can help retain moisture. This facial uses rose essential oils to rejuvenate and deeply nourish the skin.
Eat a Healthy Diet with MineralsEver heard the saying ‘you are what you eat?’ - Well, I stand by this. Try and reduce your sugar intake and instead opt for fruit whenever you feel your sweet tooth tormenting your self-control. The natural sugars from fruit will help quench your cravings, and because they contain lots of antioxidants, they can contribute to regenerating and protecting the skin. One of the key ingredients for radiant skin is Vitamin C, which can be found in fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries, and oranges. This helps you build a healthy immune system and give you the best-looking skin! Vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are also packed with antioxidants that encourage skin cell development. They contain trace minerals that are lost as we age. These may not sound like the most appealing options, but you will honestly feel healthier, and your skin will begin to glow!
Sun Protection Reduces the Environmental Effects on SkinUse SPF (Sun Protection Factor) every day. You may think that you only need to be applying sunscreen in the summer, but remember that although it may not be warm, the sun does come out in winter too. The UV (ultraviolet) light from the sun can cause damage to your skin. Using a moisturizer containing SPF can reduce your chances of contracting skin cancer, and it allows your skin to regenerate. Too much sun exposure can cause dark spots and irritate the skin. Apply sunscreen every day, and you’ll soon notice the sudden glow in your skin.
Exercise Promotes Blood FlowYes, the ‘E’ word. Exercise helps to increase the blood flow, which results in your skin cells being nourished. It can also contribute to reducing stress, which again can benefit the skin. Exercise is great for relaxing, and although it may just seem like a complete chore, it’s good for your well-being and skin. Think of that post-workout glow; your skin will look like that all of the time! It will not only make you look younger, healthier, and happier, but exercise can help to improve your blood circulation. Oxygen is brought to the surface. This is perfect for people with dull, sallow skin. While these things may seem obvious, you’ll be surprised by many individuals that neglect them. Here are some more quick tips that you can try:
- Avoid products containing too many chemicals. When trying out new products, always perform a skin test before you use them on your face. You can do this by applying some of the product to the inside of your wrist. Wait until the next day, and if you don’t have any skin reaction, it is safe to use on your face.
- Go down the route of using natural sources such as honey and raw sugar on your face instead. If it is good enough to eat, then it is safe enough to use on your face.
- Try and keep your hair away from your face. Especially if you have lots that can touch your face. The natural oils from your hair can effortlessly seep into your skin and cause congestion. Put your hair up for a few days during the week.
- Clean your phone screen. Most phones are now touchscreens. Think about the number of bacteria that are circulating on the screen of your phone. Now consider where the phone is situated during a call. This is just asking for a breakout.
- Remove your makeup properly. You may be using a face wipe or make-up remover and thinking that it has gotten all of your makeup off. The next time you do this, try sweeping a cotton pad over your face afterward, and you’ll see just how much makeup is left on your skin—double-cleanse at night to ensure that all of your makeup is off.
Visible Effects of Aging
Many changes happen as we age. Some changes are intrinsic and caused by biological aging. Others are caused by external factors and are reversible. Diet, sleep, stress, exercise are all things we can control and change. Here is a look at what factors come into play during your lifetime.
Hormone levels begin to decline. Our once plump faces have reached their peak supple appearance. Our skin begins to lose estrogen - this will lead to thin skin later in life.
The eyes are typically the first signs of aging. Laxity in the skin, including droopy eyelids, crow's feet around the eyes, laugh lines begin to show. Many people experience dull, lack-luster complexion.
This is the decade that you can visibly see what aging has done to your complexion. Collagen and elastin loss are the biggest significant change. Eyelids are noticeably droopy, the jawline sags, frowning becomes a semi-permanent look, and lines form around the base of the neck, creepy areas begin to form on the elbows and knees. Age spots begin to appear, and the once supple contoured face lacks radiance with an uneven skin tone. Decreased estrogen levels begin to take a toll all over the body, not just the face. Many women begin to notice the back of their hands thinning and showing unsightly veins. And if that's not enough, grey hair sets in.
This is when we wished we had stayed out of the sun, wore a hat, and used sunscreen every day. The environmental factors catch up with us. So does our lifestyle. Hereditary factors of aging are very apparent. Hormone levels are attributing to structural loss more than ever. Our face shows more angles as the bone loss has taken hold. Skin becomes looser; we begin to see diminishing fat pads and hollowness. We long for the collagen stores our skin once had. Visually, we see multiple signs of aging. We experience lip lines, drooping, wrinkles deepen, sagging, lack of firmness, and dryer skin. Our hair is now thinning, and at the same time, is showing up in places we never knew hair could grow. Hairs can become curly and wiry.
The regeneration of skin cells slows as our circulation is not what it once was. The abundance of supple, dewy skin is replaced by a dry, thin complexion that can be sensitive and easily irritated. Gravity really takes hold; our jawline is not what it once was, and wrinkles deepen further.
Article Contributed By
Danielle Bagworth, an avid lover of all things beauty and skin-related.
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