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Some rules for healthy, youthful skin
These simple rules can form the foundation of a good skincare regime:
• Don’t smoke
Smoking causes the formation of age-inducing free radicals and dehydrates the skin rapidly increasing the formation of wrinkles and lines as we age.
• Be careful in the sun
Sun damage is the single greatest cause of ageing causing freckles, sun spots, pigmentation, wrinkles and at worst leading to skin cancer. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the sun, but always wear sun protection of at least SPF 15 and avoid excessive periods of sun exposure.
• Drink lots of water
Hydrated skin is healthy and glowing. UV Rays, central heating and air condition, alcohol all dehydrate the skin. Dermal dehydration causes depletion of the dermis and will ultimately result in deeper wrinkles that are visible on the surface of the skin. Well-hydrated skin appears smooth and dewy on the surface. The epidermis will be plump, supple and bounce back easily, indicating good elasticity.
• Maintain a healthy diet
Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Provide your skin with vitamins and nutrients from foods rich in Omega-3, Vitamin C, A, and E which help to increase the production of collagen and elastin needed to keep the skin moist and youthful looking. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol which dehydrates the skin