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Achieving a Healthy Glow: Tips for Younger Looking Skin

| On 30, Jun 2012

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Watch any movie or television show and you’ll see glamorous Hollywood actresses with gorgeous, glowing, youthful skin.  Granted, they have teams of professionals to make them radiant, but good skin is what everyone tries to achieve.  Makeup only covers up flaws, which is why the first step of good skin is taking care of your body. You can achieve the same Hollywood appearance with these five tips for younger looking skin.

Watch what you eat– It’s true – you are what you eat. A diet of sugary foods and soda enter your blood stream and bind with protein molecules, degrading collagen and elastic, which can make your skin look wrinkled and saggy. To combat the effect that food has on your skin, cut down on simple carbohydrates, including soft drinks, candy and even white rice and white bread. Increase your vitamin C intake – try fruits like papayas, strawberries, kiwis and oranges and drink white tea, it can block the enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, not to mention, help fight cancer and improve heart health. And when you’re in the mood for something sweet, nosh on a small square of dark chocolate, which includes antioxidants that can fight fine lines.

Get Your ZZZ’s - While you rest, your body is hard at work repairing your skin. You might be tempted to burn some midnight oil and skip a couple hours of rest, but without enough sleep, your skin is unable to repair daily damage. Ideally, you should get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. If this seems impossible, start establishing a good sleep schedule by going to sleep 15 minutes earlier every night for a week. Stay away from electronics, like your computer, television and yes – your phone – a half-hour before bedtime to avoid stimulating your brain before hitting the hay. Avoid caffeine after 3 p.m. and avoid exercise three hours before bed.

Cool down and Stop Stressing - Let’s face it – we live in a stressful world. Stress from work, relationships and other obligations, is not only hard on your heart, but can wreak havoc on your skin. When you’re under constant pressure, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which is extremely damaging to the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin looking youthful, and decreases your skin’s ability to repair itself. Take a lesson from the “Keep Calm” posters and chill out! The best way to keep stress at bay is to exercise regularly. Cardio exercise can get your heart pumping, while yoga and Tai Chi can help you focus, breath and release tension. Even short 30-minute walks during lunch or taking the stairs can improve the look of your skin.

Moisturize – Although drinking water can improve your health and digestive system, it won’t moisturize your skin from the inside. Regular moisturizing is essential to youthful skin – not only does it help heal and fix damage; it will protect your skin from additional problems. Moisturizing prevents dryness, diminishes imperfections, and improves tone and texture. Choose a moisturizer that fits your skin type and apply the cream after you shower to lock in moisture. Essential oils, like calendula oil and lavender extract, act as a collagen enhancer and will help your skin glow.

Use Protection - The single best tip for keeping your skin looking glowing and youthful is to use UV sunscreen every single day. Daily UV exposure could lead to wrinkles and sunspots in as little as 12 weeks! Even worse, regular damage can lead to skin cancer, like melanoma. Many moisturizers and some foundations include an SPF, but make sure you are using SPF 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays for maximum protection.

 

Debbie Sweet

Debbie Sweet works in the skincare industry for Advanced Dermatology, in Chicago, IL and enjoys sharing tips that will help woman achieve their best skin yet!

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