6 Secrets to Gorgeous Healthy Skin

You don’t need tons of makeup and expensive creams/serums to show off a pretty face! Discover the secrets to flawless, gorgeous and healthy skin with these six skincare rules and SPARKLE!!!

 SUN SCREEN PROTECTION

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Experts tell us that it is necessary to wear sun screen all year-round. Long exposure to sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. Also seek shade and try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.

 DON’T SMOKE

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Quit smoking not just for the outward appearance but for your overall health as well.

Smoking makes your skin look older, damages collagen and adds to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

ADD GLOW-BOOSTERS TO YOUR DIET

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Good diet means good health and true enough, you are what you eat! A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins,and drink enough water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Many dermatologists believe that the major antioxidants (vitamin A, C, and E) can help decrease the risk of sun and other environmental damage by disarming wrinkle-causing “free radicals” — unstable molecules that damage cells.

Vitamin A: A recent study of healthy men and women in the Netherlands found a significant link between the level of vitamin A in the blood and skin condition. Getting your carotenoids (phytochemicals that your body converts to vitamin A) from foods is your safest bet, because you’re far more likely to get too much vitamin A from supplements than from foods rich in carotenoids.

Top food sources of vitamin A include carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, mangoes, spinach, cantaloupe, greens, kale, Swiss chard, and tomato-vegetable juice.

VitaminC : Vitamin C is a potent topical (that is,on-the-skin) antioxidant, but only in its active form — the same form you get from food. Of course, including vitamin-C rich fruits and vegetables in your daily diet is a good thing to be doing for your health, anyway.

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EXFOLIATE ONCE A WEEK

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Holly Sherrard, education manager for Dermalogica Canada says: “Exfoliating increases cell turnover to reveal newer, healthier skin cells, plus it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and imparts an all-over healthy glow.” It also helps with hydration. “Cells transitioning from below the skin’s surface to the topmost layer bring with them essential lipids and moisture.”

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REPAIR YOUR SKIN AT NIGHT

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Make sure you go to sleep with all make up removed.  Use a quality cleanser to wash your face with and apply a night cream or serum. A good moisturizer will remove debris, dead skin cells and pollutants, soothe and rejuvenate the skin, nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals, maintain normal ph levels, and help with cell regeneration. Using a quality Serum helps protect collagen, reduce redness and discoloration, and reduces age spots, fine lines, brown spots, and wrinkles Both serums and moisturizers help bring new cells to the surface revealing a smoother and softer complexion.

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MANAGE STRESS

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Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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