If you are just joining us in this series, please go back and read Part 1 (Normal Function of Healthy, Young Skin) and Part 2(Changes to your Skin’s Appearance & Aging). Reading both of those will give you a much better understanding of your skin and how it changes over time through exposure to the environment and various other elements.
Optimizing Skin’s Health & Appearance
There are the problems we are born with…and then there are those we create for ourselves. When it comes to determining things like sun sensitivity and skin type, our genes make a lot of decisions for us. But DNA doesn’t hold all the cards.
Skin care research suggests that even how our skin behaves — acting more oily or more dry, for example — may stem more from what we’re DOING to our skin than from its internal programming. Working too hard to moisturize dry skin with heavy occlusive creams can cause clogged pores and trigger irritation. On the other hand, scrubbing oily skin with stripping soaps can provoke sebaceous glands to go into overdrive and create even more of a slick.
You have the power to change any number of habits — from that fondness for greasy potato chips to the way you clean your face — that will affect the look of your skin. Even the way you feel about yourself can have an impact on your complexion. Here are some tips that can help you consistently enjoy “good face” days:
Regular exercise increases circulation and aids in the distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the skin. It helps boost your body’s immune system and stimulates the body’s detoxifying processes. Sweating also helps flush grime from your skin. At the very least, you’ll have a healthy glow.
In a word, quit. Smoking slows circulation and destroys internal reserves of nutrients known to be antioxidants, such as vitamin C. The negative impact of smoking on the skin is well established — doctors will refer to “smoker’s pallor.” Even second-hand smoke should be avoided — tobacco smoke is one of the major sources of free radicals (along with air pollution from car exhaust and UV exposure) that contribute to premature aging.
Drink at least 8 glasses of fresh, clean water each day to boost your body’s natural reserves of moisture and support your skin’s natural oil/moisture barrier function. Note: Caffeinated beverages (not just coffee and tea, but many soft drinks, as well) can contribute to dehydration.
Heavy drinking can cause the constant dilation of tiny veins in the face, which can lead to a permanent network of purplish-red capillaries, especially across the nose and cheeks.
Like all the major organs of your body, the skin repairs itself while you’re sleeping. A normal sleep cycle also helps you maintain a normal hormonal cycle, which is closely tied to healthy skin. On top of that, when you are rested you are less likely to experience stress, which can have a negative effect on skin.
Another “don’t,” plain and simple. UV exposure is the number one cause of accelerated aging. Protect yourself from incidental sun exposure by using a sunscreen every day, and limit the time you spend outside during the worst hours for the sun’s “burning” rays. Above all, don’t use a tanning bed.
By supplementing the body’s dietary supplies of nutrients necessary for normal, healthy skin function, you can support your skin’s natural ability to repair its appearance.
Science has shown that topical application of certain vitamins, minerals, and other skin-nourishers can support your skin’s natural antioxidant defenses against skin damage and actually boost your skin’s natural ability to produce structural skin components such as collagen and elastin. In addition, the regular use of sunscreens over time may reduce the chance of skin damage, some types of skin cancer, and other harmful effects due to the sun.
Do you try to do everything you can to help your skin stay at an optimal appearance?! I didn’t realize so much went in to keeping your skin glowing & healthy!
Check back tomorrow for the last session in our series: Part 4 of Vitamins for your Skin!
Pt 4: How does the Enfuselle Skin Care System Work? & Ingredients You Won’t Find in Enfuselle Products: “Many skin care products on the market today claim to nourish and protect the skin with one or more antioxidant nutrients. Unfortunately, these ingredients only address certain parts of the complex equation of free radical damage on the surface of the skin. What’s more, these ingredients may be present at very low levels or in forms which may not be absorbed and utilized by your skin.”
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