As the largest organ in your body, your skin is your greatest asset. This also means that it is subject to a lot of damaging agents that are packed in our daily lives. Follow this simple list to obtain the greatest potential for beautiful skin.
The Sun. We’ve heard it all before –“Turn your face to the Sun and shadows will fall behind you”. Well my friend, turn to the Sun, and the shadows of wrinkles and aging will follow you to your beauty dismay. The Sun has this intense power to break down the collagen and elastin that keeps that youthful “plump” to your appearance, in addition to causing fluctuations to your skin’s pigmentation leading to an uneven texture. When we are young, we don’t think about the affects that wearing sunscreen could do down the road. The earliest you start, the better. Make sure to always apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 for optimal protection and reapply every two hours while you are outdoors. Also be sure to allow the sunscreen to absorb in your skin 30 minutes before exposure. Keep in mind that you should wear sunscreen even if you’re doing something such as driving, or staying indoors close to an open window.
Free radicals. These are mortal enemies to the realm of beauty. Free radicals are responsible for tissue damage, aging, and further investigated to being the cause to some diseases. Free radicals are organic molecules that are unstable in nature and bond to other molecules that cause damaging effects. To combat free radicals, it’s important to consume a lot of anti-oxidants- the agents that balance out unstable free radicals and reduce them of their power to do harm. Antioxidants are safely stored away and ready for you to consume in food such as sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, citrus foods, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, red meats and eggs. If you invest in supplements to support a healthy diet, look for vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and Selenium, as these are some of the most common anti-oxidants.
Vices. Huffing and puffing for a nicotine fix has harming effects on beauty. Smoking cigarettes restricts the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the places needed most. It causes skin to sag earlier because it causes elastic fibers in skin to thicken. If you’re serious about maintaining your beauty, you should opt to kick this habit. There are plenty options to help you quit such as: nicotine gum, patches, lozenges and even prescription medications. Be sure to refer to your doctor before deciding between your strategies to ban the habit all together.
Irritants. People with more sensitive skin are more vulnerable to skin damage through irritants. Some of the most well-known are the chemicals in cleaning products, laundry detergent, ammonia and bleaches. The irritation in these substances can cause dermatitis- or scaling, drying out and irritation. The best way to avoid this culprit is to avoid these materials all together and use protection when you do. Wear gloves when cleaning and make sure that your clothes aren’t causing you to have itchy or dry skin.