Lifestyle and environmental factors can have a significant effect on the health of the skin. There are a number of approaches that can be adopted in order to help maintain healthy skin such as:
The food that we consume can have a direct effect on the look and health of skin. Eating a balanced diet ensures that the body has a supply of nutrients and vitamins in order to repair the skin adequately. A poor diet can lead in improper repair damaged cells which can lead to loss of elasticity, and the appearance of spots or pimples. Foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and B, have been shown to help maintain healthy skin. Vitamin C is found naturally in the skin, and inclusion in the diet can lead to more efficient collagen production as well as protection from free radical damage. Citrus fruits, broccoli, kale and tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C. A vitamin E rich diet can help to maintain cell membranes against UV radiation damage, and in combination with vitamin C can provide anti-ageing properties.
It is recommended that adults should drink eights glasses of water a day. Water keeps the skin hydrated, and acts as moisturiser. Some studies have suggested that drinking water can increase the amount of blood that flows through the capillaries in the skin, which in turn improves skin tone. Other studies have suggested that dehydration leads to inadequate cell repair, and cells become damaged which has a direct effect on the appearance of the skin.
Regular exercise not only benefits the cardiovascular system, but can also help maintain healthy skin. Exercise leads to an increase in blood flow which helps to nourish skin cells. An increased blood flow ensures that skin cells are replenished with oxygen and nutrients as well as effectively removing waste products such as free radicals which can harm the ability of cells to regenerate.
It is recommended that adults get at least eight hours of sleep per day. Chronic sleep loss can lead to the formation of fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. Lack of sleep leads to the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can directly break down the collagen fibres in the skin. Damage to the collagen fibres leads to a loss in elasticity. During sleep, human growth hormone is released which promotes growth, and leads to healthier, thicker skin.
Environmental factors and smoking – There are numerous other factors that can affect the health of skin. Such factors include exposure to sunlight, pollution and smoking. In order to protect the skin from UV damage, exposure to the sun should be avoided between 11am and 3pm when the UV rays are most intense. Smoking should be avoided as it has been found to lead to the formation of wrinkles, due to changes in blood flow. It is therefore advisable to apply a minimum SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB.
1. Use a cleanser morning and evening to remove debris, oil and makeup. When your face is clean it allows the other products you use to work even better.
2. Use exfoliants to remove excess skin cell buildup that causes skin to look less radiant and even. They are effective for treating sun damage, wrinkles, blackheads, clogged pores and breakouts. When used as the second step in your routine, an exfoliant will leave your skin smooth, soft, and younger-looking. AHAs exfoliate the surface of skin; BHA exfoliates the surface of skin and inside the pores. AHAs are most effective for dry, sun-damaged skin. BHA is best for breakouts and blackheads and suitable for redness and sensitivity.
3. Apply Complexi-Light cream. Continuous use of Complexi-Light is associated with a younger and brighter complexion.
4. Moisturise with SPF. This critical morning step keeps your skin shielded from sun damage, which is the primary cause of wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging. Use it as the last step of your morning skincare routine.
5. Apply Complexi-Light and Moisturisers without SPF (cream, lotion, gel, or liquid texture) loaded with antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients to improve your skin’s healthy functioning and keep it feeling smooth, soft and looking younger. You can (and should) use them around the eye area. Use as the last step in your evening skincare routine.