Love Your Skin – Treat it Kindly

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | February 1, 2011 @ 09:00AM

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Whether you’re a man or woman, younger or older, your skin is one of the most important bodily features. Unfortunately, however, it is often the least cared for. Babies and children are known to have velvety soft skin with almost no imperfections, which is why we often express wanting to have “baby soft” skin. As we age, the sun, wind, pollutants, hormones, and other factors all contribute to its gradual deterioration.

Some of the most common skin imperfections include sun spots, wrinkles, dryness, acne, uneven pigmentation, and sagging. Although you may take steps to fight off aging such as applying sun block and drinking plenty of water, there are just some things that can’t be avoided; smiling, laughing, frowning, and even speaking can cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear. In addition, hormonal imbalance may lead to breakouts and uneven pigmentation. So what’s one to do when these unflattering characteristics arise? Here are some helpful tips on how to treat your skin kindly and restore some of that youthful glow:

  • Watch what you eat: Start from the inside and increase your intake of berries, whole wheat grains, oranges, and low-fat yogurt. Also, drink green tea instead of sodas or other carbonated beverages. The antioxidants in these foods and tea help rid your skin of the elements that cause it to appear dull.
     
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle: Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can cause the skin to dry out, become puffy, and lose elasticity. Oftentimes, those who smoke and drink on a regular basis appear to be five to 10 years older than they really are.
     
  • Use the right products: Everyone has a different skin type (oily, dry, combination) and that means that you need to use the right face wash and moisturizer to make sure your skin is getting the right treatment. A dermatologist can assist you in finding the correct products.
     
  • Visit a medical professional: If you are looking for a fast and dramatic rejuvenation, you may want to meet with a cosmetic plastic surgeon. He/she can recommend some non-surgical treatments to meet your needs, such as Botox ® injections, facial fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion.

    By exchanging bad habits for good habits, your skin will thank you by radiating a renewed sense of beauty!

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