Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tips For Healthy Skin

Do you want head turning beautiful skin? Follow these tips for the radiant skin that your have been wanting.

No smoking! Smoking wreaks havoc on many parts of your body, including your skin. A team of experts led by Bahman Guyuron, MD analyzed photographs of 186 sets of identical twins faces. The subjects had also filled out a questionnaire about themselves and daily habits. As predicted, the siblings that smoked looked years older than their twin brother or sister. The study showed that "they had more fine lines, deeper and more plentiful wrinkles, and their skin was more mottled." Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels that are in the outer layer of your skin which restricts blood flow. Without blood flow, oxygen and nutrients are depleted which are essential to healthy skin. Smoking damages elastin and collagen which give your skin strength and elasticity. Pursing your lips while smoking also causes many wrinkles around the mouth.

Avoid sun exposure. The same study by Guyuron was used to compare those who had prolonged sun exposure. Those who spent lots of time outdoors had rough, dull skin with an uneven tone. To protect your skin, you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it every couple hours. Sunscreen needs to be SPF 30 or higher and protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Use retinoids. Retinoids contain vitamin A and they unclog pores, reduce fine lines, lighten dark spots, increase collagen production, and improve skin texture. It is recommended that retinoid use starts in your 20s.

Keep it simple. Overloading your skin with products can do more harm than good. All of these products can be irritating and some ingredients in one may cancel out the benefits of the ingredients in another.

Switching products frequently. Give your products time to work. Switching products every couple of weeks is not enough time to see results.

Diet. Your diet definitely effects how your skin looks. A Healthy diet = Healthy skin. Beauty comes from the inside out. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will get you healthy, glowing skin. Water is also essential, it helps move nutrients in and toxins out.

Exercise. Help reduce stress for healthier skin.

Your bath routine. Avoid prolonged exposure to hot water. Use warm water instead that is gentle on your skin. Strong soaps can strip your skin of essential oils. So instead, opt for a mild one. Also, pat dry instead of scrubbing to save moisture on your skin.

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