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A Key Player In The Fight Against Aging

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Controlling the signs of aging is something that a lot of us attempt. After all, it feels like time robs us of who we used to see in the mirror if we’re not careful. Taking good care of one’s skin won’t stop the process, but aging gracefully can mean we end up seeing echoes of ourselves for years to come. The trick is learning how to properly care for one’s skin. There are plenty of great products out there with helpful ingredients that provide our skin with tools to do just that. Some of these ingredients stand apart from the others though thanks to their overall utility and the versatile nature of their help. Vitamin C is one of these ingredients. As one of the big three skin supporting vitamins, it is capable of helping your skin in a large number of ways so that it stays healthy and happy for years to come. We’re going to take a close look at vitamin C so that we can all appreciate what all it does for our skin instead of just knowing it helps.

Antioxidant Support
One major way in which vitamin C offers support is that it is a potent antioxidant. This means that it helps your skin in a very specific way. Sun exposure and other factors, such as smoking, can introduce molecules or particles into your body known as free radicals. These free radicals are highly reactive and prone to combining with anything they come into contact with unless the compound is particularly chemically stable. This leads to a situation where free radicals keep interacting with elements in your body, reacting, forming new free radicals, and continuing the process throughout your body. The damage this causes is small enough for your body to repair, but it has to do these repairs constantly. In the end, this actually makes it harder for your body to heal itself and stay in a good shape. Applying antioxidant-rich products containing vitamin C to your skin helps neutralize free radicals in your skin so that it can heal more effectively.

Healing Materials
An important point to note is that vitamin C is actually crucial to your skin’s healing process. Your body needs vitamin C to break down into components to fuel the entire process. Without vitamin C, your body ends up not having the materials it needs to make things like collagen to repair damage. This is relevant when it comes to anti-aging skincare as a gradual loss of collagen is what makes wrinkles form. You actually damage the collagen in your skin when the skin gets folded. Our skin folds are various places around our bodies constantly with our eyes, face, hands, and feet being particularly prone to issues. The damage caused by this has to be repaired routinely and without the right materials, the fine lines and later wrinkles will begin to settle in. That’s why vitamin C is so good for helping fight the signs of aging. It gives a boost to collagen production that allows your skin to do the repairs that it needs to while adding back to the supply of available materials.

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Complexion Smoothing
This last benefit is one that many people never hear about but can be a wonderful thing for many people. Vitamin C has a degree of anti-inflammatory properties that allow it to help reduce how much your skin reactions to various things. It has been shown to be particularly useful for helping minimize flare ups of conditions like rosacea, but can help with other issues as well. Anti-inflammatory properties are particularly useful as we age and our skin becomes less resilient. This lack of resilience can lead to fairly consistent inflammation that in turn makes our skin age faster. Managing the problem with vitamin C will help reduce how often your skin reacts to products as well as giving your skin that edge it needs to help recover from any irritation that it does experience. This ability to help smooth out the complexion and manage irritation helps minimize the redness associated with sensitive, aging skin and helps keep your complexion even.

There’s a lot of good to be found in vitamin C. The potential benefits help achieve many anti-aging goals while being highly skin friendly. It doesn’t even matter what form of product you’re using on your skin as long as your skin gets time to absorb the product. This is worth keeping in mind the next time you’re looking for a good anti-aging product. If the product doesn’t have vitamin C, it isn’t doing all it can for you.

Tips For Maintaining A Flawless Complexion

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It takes continual effort to maintain healthy skin. After all, there are a lot of variables to account for when trying to look our best. The ever-changing weather outside can easily end up becoming a major frustration if we’re not careful, but more often than not it is the exposure to pollution or the sun that can end up doing the most damage. More extreme skin types certainly don’t help matters. All of this means that maintaining a flawless complexion is never quite as easy as we hope. The good news is that a flawless complexion isn’t quite as flawless as we’re lead to believe by the media. Even our favorite celebrities look comparatively normal without a little help from makeup. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to work towards keeping our complexion as flawless as possible though. There are a few universal tips that can help with that and ensure that we all end up looking our overall best.

Avoiding Dull Skin
There are several things you can do to help avoid dull skin. One of the best ways is to remember to moisturize every day. Your skin needs to maintain a certain level of hydration to avoid drying out. Dry skin is overall duller than properly hydrated skin and brings with it another complication as well. Skin that dries out too much can start to secrete excess oil to get the dryness back under control. This, in turn, can further dull your skin as well as contribute to breakouts. Keeping your skin properly moisturized is in your best interest. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you exfoliate regularly. Remember that your skin is constantly shedding and replacing outer layers of dead skin as a means of protecting itself. This can occasionally get built up too much and cause a dulling of the skin. Regular exfoliation helps the process along and prevent those build ups from becoming a problem.

Pore Size
Sometimes our pores seem larger than usual, but this is more of a problem of perception than it is in actuality. Actual pore size is governed almost exclusively by the hormone levels of your body. Estrogen dominant bodies tend to have smaller, more constricted pores while testosterone dominant bodies have larger looking pores that lead to the appearance of ruddier skin. There are plenty of things that can end up making us perceive our pores as larger than they are though. Dirt, grime, and oils getting caught up in our pores tend to be the predominant problem. Remember that the oils your skin secretes are constantly picking up dirt and other debris as you move through the day. When those get caught up in pores, they outline the edges and make them appear larger than they actually are while leaving us feeling self-conscious. All you really need to do is remember to rinse and cleanse daily to keep this under control. Occasional exfoliation helps a lot as well.

Apply Sunscreen
Sun damage tends to cause various kinds of disruption to your complexion. Redness and irritation are the most prominent, yes, but it also contributes to drying your skin out as well. The simple fact that UV exposure can do so much to your skin is a clear sign that it is necessary to protect your skin to maintain a healthy complexion. You’ve got plenty of options these days ranging from noncomedogenic sunscreen for the face to SPF-infused skincare products and makeup. The only requirements you need to meet for adequate protection are making sure that any product offers you SPF 30 or higher alongside broad spectrum protection. This will give you sufficient protection to protect most people’s skin. It is worth noting that you’ll get the most from a fully fledged sunscreen as its capabilities won’t be diluted or split, unlike combination products. Consider looking for mineral sunscreens as well for any extra boost of protection.

Taking good care of your skin is ultimately all that is required to keep your skin comparatively flawless. Remember that properly protected and moisturized skin is better able to withstand the rigors of the world. Working towards keeping your skin properly cleaned will help manage most basic problems as well. All of this does take effort, but the long term payoff is that you’ll be able to feel confident that you look your best for years to come.

Maintaining A Happy Healthy Complexion

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Keeping your complexion looking its best takes a certain level of dedication. Human skin, for all of its ability to care for itself, regularly needs a push in the right direction for the majority of us. It has less to do with unfortunate genetics and more to do with the simple fact that a complex world interacts with our skin in a similarly complex way. Our task is typically just to figure out the best way to manage various factors along with product choice to help maximize the benefits to our skin. There are a lot of ways to go about this given everything that can potentially help our complexions. It is possible to put together a quick overview of some of the major groups of options for helping to do just that. These will provide a highlight of how to benefit your skin and the methods you need to go about it ranging from lifestyle choices to using the right products.

Make Good Habits
One really good option for helping maintain a happy and healthy complexion is just making sure that you have habits. Getting enough sleep regularly is one of the best ones. Your body needs to sleep to keep your skin properly repaired and without that sleep, you’ll quickly start looking worse and worse. So work towards making sure you’re getting enough rest by turning off alarms in the evening and trying to go to sleep at the same time every night. This will work towards helping you rest easier. Remember to put on sunscreen too! Protecting your skin needs to be a consistent habit no matter what season it is. You’re exposed to UV rays when you behind a window too. This means both at home and when you’re driving your car. Applying that sunscreen will minimize damage from sun exposure and in turn, reduce potential damage to your complexion over time. These sorts of good habits can go a long way, but making dedicated lifestyle choices can go far too.

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Live Well
Our bodies all expect things to be a certain way. We can really fault them for still thinking it is thousands upon thousands of years in the past as it isn’t like our bodies have a way of knowing that. Unfortunately, it does mean they require a certain level of care to make sure everything works properly even though we’re no longer hunter-gatherers. Regular exercise is crucial to this as it helps our body stay in good shape as well as helping to maintain healthy circulation throughout the body. That last part is crucial to maintaining a healthy complexion as your skin might end up being accidentally neglected by the rest of your body without it. Healthy circulation also gives you a nice, natural glow. A good diet builds upon all of this by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to keep everything in working order. A good diet will help your skin be clearer, healthier, and more resilient. That means lots of fruits and vegetables with a little meat thrown in for good measure now and again. Talking to your doctor can get you more specific in formation.

Product Choice and Use
It is important to remember that we need to stay consistently aware of our skin’s needs if we’re going to keep a healthy complexion. Everyone’s skin has shifting needs based on the climate and our individual ages. Regularly evaluating if your products are doing all they can for your skin is necessary to keep everything healthy. Additionally, we all need to make sure we’re maintaining at least a basic skincare routine to ensure our complexion is healthy. That means remembering to rinse, cleanse, and exfoliate fairly regularly. Remember that rinsing needs to be done with lukewarm to warm water. Hot water will damage your skin and hurt your complexion. Stick with gentle cleansers for helping to clean your skin. Consider looking into a hydrating cleanser, in particular, to ensure your skin retains enough moisture. Chemical exfoliating products using glycolic acid are one of the better options for gently exfoliating your skin as well. These three steps alone can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy complexion even if you don’t have any other products on hand.

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Maintaining a happy and healthy complexion isn’t that hard. Good stress management combined with positive habits and lifestyle choices go a long way towards helping maintain a healthy look. Remembering to consistently re-evaluate your own product choices and skincare routine helps as well. All of this may take effort, but it will help you feel confident in your skin and appearance for years to come.

The Secrets To A Radiant Looking Complexion

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Looking our best takes effort. There’s no denying that many of us get frustrated with the constant demands that good skincare places on us. The simple fact is that the world is constantly causing wear and tear on our skin. That’s why it needs us to give our skin all the help it can get to help it keep itself repaired. This help takes many forms. Many of us favor finding and using the best products we can while others integrate positive lifestyle changes that support better skin. Good skincare blends lifestyle, product, and habit choices that all build towards the same goal though. This gives your skin the best chance it can to build and maintain its natural radiance with minimal problems impairing it. Not everyone knows how to go about this though. We’ve got a quick look into some of the major ways you can help support your skin’s health for anyone unsure of where to begin.

These changes can be some of the most difficult to make as they involve changing major parts of our life and sticking with those changes. The one you’re probably already anticipating is needing to eat a healthy diet. This is an incredibly good way to help build up your skin’s natural beauty. Your skin needs various nutrients regularly if it is going to keep itself intact. This is a biological fact. Making sure you give your skin what it needs is helpful while failing to give it what it needs will just diminish its appearance. There are plenty of guides available to help you eat a healthy diet without sacrificing taste. We recommend finding one that suits you and wish to remind you that a healthy diet favorite fruits and vegetables heavily with meat playing a minor role. You’re also going to want to cultivate good exercise habits. The increase in circulation helps to properly distribute the nutrients from your diet and overall boosts your skin’s health. These two lifestyle commitments go a long way towards making sure your skin looks its best.

Product Choice
Picking out the best products is one of those things that fans of skincare are frequently criticized for as much as they are consulted about it. This duality doesn’t make putting in the effort any less trying though. We all need to be aware that our skin is changing over time and what meets its needs one day may not meet it later in our lives. Staying aware of our skin type is key to making sure we don’t make this mistake. The general rule is to remember that each decade, starting at 30, brings a gradual decline in how well our skin retains moisture and its natural repair processes. Maintaining the regular use of anti-aging products can go a long way towards countering this problem. Products with retinol in them are particularly good as they help increase cell turnover rate. Don’t neglect nourishing products like serums though. These can give your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, important structural proteins, a boost that will help keep your skin looking comparatively youthful and health. Products are best paired with good habits in addition to large-scale lifestyle changes.

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Most of us get less sleep than we should and it ends up showing in our skin. Sleep is when our body gets to put the most effort into repairing damage. Without enough sleep, our skin dulls and natural color tends to suffer. Good sleep hygiene like going to bed at the same time every day can go a long way towards helping with this problem. Additionally, we all need to make sure that we are always protecting our skin. This means remembering to wear sunscreen. So many of us are bad at this and yet it is the key to helping ensure that we age gracefully. Remember that any sunscreen used to protect the skin should be at least SPF 30 and provide broad spectrum protection to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. You’ll be able to minimize potential damage from sun exposure in this way and thereby minimize some of the signs of aging over time.

Learning to shift all you can in your life towards making your skin healthy and beautiful can take time. Broad lifestyle changes are particularly hard to do given they involve working against what our impulses tell us to do. Making the effort to change things, cultivate good habits, and finding the right products will help to provide a naturally healthy glow and color to your skin. That sort of natural radiance can only help to ensure that you look your best.

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

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Nobody wants dry, itchy skin, but this is an extremely common issue that many have to deal with. While there are many products available that can help you to combat this, it is always advisable to also identify the root cause of any skin problems, so that you can protect against, and prevent, this as much as possible.

Hot Showers
As soothing as a hot, steamy shower after a long, hard day may seem, high temperatures will quickly lead to dry and itchy skin. Your skin produces natural oils that are necessary for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, but hot water strips these away, causing your skin to dry out. Opt for lukewarm temperatures instead, and try to limit your showers and baths to no longer than ten minutes.

Harsh Ingredients
There are many skin care products out there that seem exceptional, but are actually filled with a plethora of harsh ingredients. Many of these can be solely responsible for dry and itchy skin, so it would be worthwhile doing some reading up on harsh ingredients to avoid. Common ones include benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used to tackle acne, high levels of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.

Low Quality Moisturizers
While you may think that a moisturizer should be able to nourish your skin, no matter what may be in it, this is not at all true, as the ingredients used have a huge effect on the way in which a moisturizer works. Make sure that you are using one that contains ceramides and humectants, as both of these trap water to the skin and help to restore its natural protective barrier. You should also be sure to moisturize your skin while it is still damp, such as immediately after stepping out of the shower. Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of the skin, so if your skin already has water on it, then this extra moisture will be trapped in, and absorbed, thanks to the moisturizer applied over it.

Dry Air
Dry air is especially common in the winter months, due to the drop in temperature and humidity. In addition to this, indoor heat sources, whether this may be an electric heater or a fireplace, also have a drying effect on your skin, and, when all of this is combined, it is easy to see why skin ends up dry, itchy and flaky. If this is the case for you, try to increase the frequency at which you moisturize your skin, and consider investing in a humidifier, as these are great for adding moisture back into the air.

While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to dry and itchy skin, these are four of the most common. However, they are also causes that you can have quite a bit of control over, meaning that, once you have identified what is causing your dry skin, you will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.