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A Stay Smooth Skin Regimen For Life


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It is never too late to start the right routine to keep or get your complexion into great shape. With all the skincare products available today, it is really difficult to know what you need. In this article, read some of the ways you can find the right products that gets great results at every age.

Repair your skin:

The epidermis, top layer of skin, provides protection of keeping the water and keeping wrinkle-causing free radicals out. This layer of skin is extremely strong until your mid-20s, when inflammation from sun exposure, pollution and dehydration causes it to develop cracks. To fill them in:

  • Apply a product with ceramides, which is a synthetic form of lipds and a natural part of skin or borage seed oil (an omega-6 fatty acid). Apply to clean skin


    To get smooth, plump skin, you need plenty of moisture. Use:

  • An oil-free moisturizer once a day in your 20s at the time when you may still be fighting breakouts
  • In your 30s you should move to a richer version and apply twice a day to ensure your skin gets the hydration it needs
  • Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid that attracts water to the skin and holds on to it

    Fight free radicals:

    Free radicals are cell damagers that destroy skin's collagen. These fibers make your skin firm. Antioxidants help fight them off. Look for products containing:

  • Vitamins C and E
  • Green tea
  • Updated formulations deliver even more potent doses into the skin with ingredients such as coffeeberry extract. Coffeeberry is proving to be even more effective at neutralizing free radicals than their predecessors
  • Use a moisturizer that contains antioxidants
  • As you get older, step up to a more concentrated serum having more pure vitamin C, apply in the morning before using a moisturizer if your antioxidants are in separate serum to fight free radicals you face throughout the day

    Block UV rays:

    We have all heard it thousand of times before, sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of breakdown of collagen. Whatever your age, always apply sunscreen daily, after applying an antioxidant product and a moisturizer, or choose a moisturizer that has SPF to streamline your routine. Also look for products:

  • With sunblocks that are full-spectrum, which mean they shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays (the UVA rays accelerate the aging process and cause cancer, the UVB rays cause burning

    Rebuild lost collagen:

    You produce plenty of collagen in your 20s. This is the skin-firming fiber. Starting in your 30s, the fibers start to break down and are not readily replenished. In your 30s you need to add products containing vitamin A, like prescription-strength Retin-A or over-the-counter retinol to your nightly regimen. Other products that help include:

  • Products having chains of amino acids found naturally in the skin, which have also been shown to boost collagen and prevent its breakdown

    Manage your stress:

    Usually after a demanding week, your skin will look ashen and dull. The skin has its own endocrine system and produces both the stress hormone Cortisol and endorphins. When the cortisol in your skin is high, wound healing is slower, collagen breaks down faster, and inflammation increases. Alternatively, sleep and exercise has been shown to decrease cortisol levels and increase the amount of endorphins in the skin that act as anti-inflammatories. What should you do?

  • Strive for eight hours of sleep at least
  • Make time for moderate exercise at least three days per week
  • When things in your life become intense, boost your defenses against stress-induced damage by upping your intake of antioxidant-rich foods like green tea, leafy vegetables, and berries
  • Religiously apply an antioxidant product like ones mentioned previously in this article

    Source: Wadyka S. gorgeous for life. . Shape [serial online]. July 2008;27(11):184-189. Available from: Health Source - Consumer Edition, Ipswich, MA. Accessed August 1, 2008.

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