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ACHIEVING RADIANT, HEALTHY SKIN

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A healthy, radiant complexion can often seem impossible to obtain, but this really does not need to be the case. From exfoliation to nutrition, here are a few tips to help you to achieve the skin of your dreams.

 

Exfoliation 

Exfoliation is essential when it comes to a healthy complexion, and the key here is to be consistent when it comes to the amount that you exfoliate. Exfoliation sloughs away the dead skin cells that settle on the surface of the skin, which hugely contribute to a rough and dull complexion. This allows the fresh, young skin cells beneath to be revealed, while speeding up cell turnover, which is the rate at which new skin cells are created. There are a number of different methods of exfoliation, each with its own set of advantages, so even if one method has not worked for you, try researching the others to find what works best for your skin.

 

Brighten Up 

While exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, the fresh skin cells underneath can also often do with a bit of a boost. There are many ingredients that can help with brightening the skin, but vitamin C is one of the best, as this can help with everything from age spots to sun damage. Vitamin C can be found in many different products, from serums to moisturizers, but try to choose one that combines it with other antioxidants for maximum benefit.

 

Hydration 

Hydrated skin cells look plump and fresh, while dehydrated ones take on a dull, dry appearance. Even if you do not feel as though your body is dehydrated, it is extremely possible that your skin could do with a boost of hydration. To begin with, ensure that your body is sufficiently hydrated from within, by drinking plenty of water and eating a diet that is high in moisture-rich foods. You should also be hydrating your skin from the outside, using a hydrating moisturizer and hydrating facial masks at night.

 

Nutrition 

The ingredients that you put into your body have a direct impact on the health of your skin, and while a healthy and balanced diet is key to radiant skin, there are certain skin-boosting foods in particular that you could be eating more of. Blueberries are one of these, as this antioxidant-rich fruit is bursting with vitamin A and C, and can help to clear acne and uneven patches on the skin. Kiwis are great for preventing wrinkles, while dark chocolate with a high flavenol content can keep skin hydrated while protecting it from sun damage. Salmon is another food that is great to add to your diet, as it is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which really nourish the skin, while avocados can really help when it comes to anti-aging.

 

A radiant, glowing complexion does not come naturally to many people, and does require a bit of work. From keeping your skin constantly hydrated to knowing which foods to eat, these tips are easy to follow and will make a huge difference to the health of your skin.

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HOW YOUR SKIN CHANGES WITH AGE

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As you pass through each decade of your life, your skin will experience several different changes. In order to properly care for your skin and give it all it needs, it is important to be aware of how your skin changes with age, and recognize these changes as they begin to occur.

Your 30s

As you progress into your 30s, you will begin to notice a few fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear. Your cell turnover will also start to slow down, meaning that your skin may not seem quite as fresh and plump as it did in your 20s. Since the eye area is often the first to show visible signs of aging, investing in a quality eye cream is essential at this stage, while an increase in antioxidants, both internally as well as topically, will help to fight the free radicals that speed up aging.

Your 40s

By the time you reach your 40s, estrogen levels will have drastically declined, and this will affect many different aspects of your skin, from its firmness and elasticity to its moisture levels. Your lymphatic system will also start to slow down, which impacts the way in which your skin eliminates toxins, and can cause puffiness around the eyes. A gentle facial massage can help to move this lymphatic fluid around, while a richer moisturizer will help to combat the dryness that comes from the lack of estrogen. If you do not already do so, you should also begin to use facial masks on a regular basis, as this will give your skin an intense dose of hydration and nutrients.

Your 50s

With 30% less natural moisture in your skin cells once you are in your 50s, your skin will now be noticeably drier, thinner and flakier, making dedicated day and night creams extremely beneficial. At this stage in life, your skin is simply unable to hold on to moisture for very long, which is why you need to be constantly providing it with this. Dark spots and patches of pigmentation will also become more visible, usually on your hands and other parts of your skin that have been most exposed to the sun, but products containing vitamin C and retinol can really help to fade these.

Your 60s

Once you reach your 60s, the key focus here is on boosting your circulation, as this will have dramatically slowed down and will be giving your skin a duller appearance. Regular exercise will go a long way in helping to boost circulation, while also keeping the rest of your body healthy and preventing many diseases.

In order to care for your skin in the way that it needs, you need to be aware of all of the changes that it experiences as you age. From the added antioxidants in your 30s to the constant moisturizing in your 50s and beyond, vigilant skin care habits can really help to prevent many of the visible signs of aging.

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DEALING WITH “MIDDLE AGE” ACNE

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Acne is considered to be a chronic skin condition, which results in intermittent flare-ups, with the same factors that contribute to adolescent acne also affecting adults. While the exact causes of “middle age” acne are still relatively unknown, there are several ways in which you can cut back on the frequency and severity of your flare-ups, and keep your acne under control.

Stress Levels

Higher levels of stress during the “middle age” period of life is extremely common, but, when you are stressed, your adrenal gland sends the stress hormone, cortisol, to go shooting around your body in order to deal with the stress. Each time it does so, it also releases a small amount of testosterone, which then stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil, leading to acne. There are several different ways that you can go about managing your stress levels, from physical exercise to yoga to finding a relaxing hobby, so take the time to ensure that you are able to manage your stress on a regular basis.

Diet

Your diet can have a huge effect on adult acne, and while the larger studies may have had a difficult time proving which exact foods play a part in this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there. Some may find themselves breaking out after eating chocolate, while others may experience this after eating fried foods, so it may be worth taking a close look at your diet, and seeing if certain foods correlate with your breakouts. However, sugar is one food that is known to lead to an increase in breakouts, as this raises insulin levels which then triggers the oil-producing hormones, so if your diet is filled with plenty of sugar, then now is the time to re-evaluate this.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Acne flare-ups can be quickly brought on by hormonal fluctuations, and while these may be difficult to control, there may be some factors playing into this that you are not aware of. The birth control pill is known for being able to prevent acne, as it regulates the hormones, and if you are only taking this for three weeks out of the month, then you may notice breakouts around the time that you stop taking the pill. To prevent this, it is possible to take your pill continuously throughout the year, although you should speak to your doctor before beginning to do so.

Studies have shown that over 70% of adults will experience acne at some point between the ages of 20 and 50, and that women are much more susceptible to this than men. While this may seem like a frightening statistic, following these tips will help you to keep any acne to a minimum.