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