Age Defying Skin Care Advice

There are some simple steps to take to help protect your skin which are easily incorporated into your daily routine.

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Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day. Water provides skin with the necessary moisture it needs and clears the system of toxins. It also protects the skin against pimples. If you do not drink enough water, your body will draw on all its water reserves, including those of the skin, resulting in dehydration of the skin.

Vigorous exercise fights the signs of aging. Exercise increases blood circulation and the delivery of nutrients to skin cells while eliminating potentially damaging toxins. It also provides optimum conditions for making collagen, the support fibers that help keep wrinkles and lines from forming.

Eat plenty of vegetables & fruits. Especially blueberries, pomegranates, collard greens, kale, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, snow peas and broccoli which are rich in vitamin C – a powerful anti-oxidant that provides protection from free radicals which can damage the skin.

Eat foods rich in vitamin E. such as almonds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and sun-dried tomatoes, these help fight the free radicals found in air pollution and radiation.

Exfoliate. Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and has been used for ages to help maintain the skin. Buy a cleanser that is appropriate for your kind of skin, e.g. oily, dry etc, and then you can also use a loofah or special exfoliating sponge to apply it to your body in circular motions. Make sure your face and body are wet. Rinse your body thoroughly afterwards and don't forget to moisturize well. Exfoliation is effective in removing dead skin cells, it also dries your skin. Be careful not to exfoliate too often so you don’t dry your skin out.

Use a good moisturizer with an SPF every day. Ultraviolet light - the invisible but intense rays of the sun - damages your skin, causing deep wrinkles, dry, rough skin, liver spots, and more serious disorders, such as non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) skin tumors.

Limit alcohol Excessive alcohol intake dehydrates your skin. It causes redness of the skin and can cause blotchiness. It can also cause conditions known as "drinkers-nose" – inflamed thin blood vessels in the face that cause rosy cheeks and nose.

Don't smoke and stay away from second hand smoke. Next to over-exposure to sunlight cigarette smoke is the next most damaging element.. It accelerates the normal aging process of your skin. Smoke will wrinkle your skin. If you are the one smoking, the constant facial expressions you make when smoking - such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke will add to your wrinkles.

Try and get 8-9 hours of sleep per night to improve the texture and the luminosity of your skin. Sleep offers your body a time to rejuvenate and replace dead skin cells. While you may not be able to go 7 nights per week at 8 hours of sleep- shoot for a minimum of 3-4 nights per week. The ultimate is 8-9 hours per day of intense sleep.

Please note that any health tips or advice provided on this site are not intended as, and should not be regarded as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor or health professional.