Basic Skincare FYIs

Sun damage is the biggest cause of skin aging, not to mention a host of other diseases, like skin cancer.  Here are a few things to do to keep safe.  Staying away from the sun during peak burning hours 11am-4pm makes a significant difference in how much you damage your skin.

Sunblock is as vital to your skin as toothpaste is to your teeth!  Sunblock needs to be worn all the time, not just when you are on the beach.  The sun is out when you are driving/walking to work/school, running errands, even indoors (uva rays can pentrate glass) – so w/o adequate sun protection you are at risk of getting some damage.  Even in the winter, make an effort to protect yourself.

Before you leave the house each morning, apply at least a teaspoon sized portion to your bare face and give it time to absorb, a spf of 30 is a good selection.  Did you know that your clothing offers some basic SPF protecion?  White offers about 5-7spf, while black can offer up to 20.

While wearing a makeup base w. a nice spf, it is still good to use a seperate sunscreen, as the protection in makeup doesnt last very long.

Stop smoking! Smoking causes a decreased flow of oxygen and nutrients to your facial tissue, among other dermatological problems, and turns the skin sallow, pale, and a certain shade of gray.  Plus smokers tend to get more blackheads, bc the pores tend to be dilated, owing to a decrease in collagen in the skin.  At the very least, remember that smokers lips tend to be continuously prused, causing lines on the upper and lower lip lines.

Nutrition. Vitamins and natural antioxidants found in food, such as tomatoes and green tea (not the starbucks green tea frap!), to name just a few, help the skin to stay healthy and functioning properly.  Antioxidant-rich food such as carrots, citrus fruits, and broccoli are great choices. WATER! At least 64oz/day, is a very crucial aspect of keeping your skin hydrated and glowing.   Try to keep your body in good shape, as your overall health often manifests itself in your face.

Sleep! The body and skin recharges itself at night, and secretes much needed hormones to retore the skin cells and build them nicely.  I am sure you see those zombies w/ dark circles under their eyes and their dull skin – combat them w. your zzzzs!  By getting enough sleep at night you will be able to see your beautiful reflection in the mirror.

Stress! Stress produces cortisol, a hormone that if overproduced can produce excessive damage to our bodies, including weight gain, and is considerd a leading cause in premature aging.  Plus, constant scowing can lead to premature wrinkling.

Pollution.  Prolonged exposure can reduce your Vit E levels by 25%, can clog pores, and increase acne.

Care for your skin and you will be rewarded with lovely skin!

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