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I once read a quote that went like ‘Beauty isn’t about having the clearest skin or a pretty face, its about having the purest heart’ Ok..but why can’t I have both? Try saying that to someone who battles with dry, itchy flaking skin, active acne vulgaris or is bothered by sagging loose skin. Yes it won’t go well.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body with its primary function being to serve as a protective barrier against harmful: bacteria , radiation, chemicals and mechanical pressure. It helps regulate our body temperature through sweat glands and blood vessels found in the dermis. With its hundreds of nerve endings, we are able to detect sensations of temperature, pressure and pain. It does this 24 hours, 7 days a week of our lives. So to spend just 2 minutes in the morning and evening (or 20 minutes in my case) to cleanse it, is a very small token of our gratitude to ensures it carries on functioning well.

 
 
 

This article only acts as a comprehensive guide , by offering a few ways (some really obvious) to help keep your skin healthy and youthful. It is always advisable to consult a dermatologist for more serious skin conditions that may require a tailored skincare regime or long term lifestyle changes.

 

1. Drink plenty of water – told you it was obvious! Your body consists of 70% water, so aiming to drink atleast 8 glasses of water a day rids your body of toxins by flushing bacteria out. Remember your skin cells are made primarily of water, so dehydration stops your skin from performing well and leads to dry, flaky and sensitive skin.

 
 

2. Exercise – An increase in blood flow to the skin nourishes the cells by carrying oxygenated blood to the surface (the reason behind your post workout ‘glow’). Exercise also gets your sweat glands working, and purges toxins out of your body , but don’t forget to wash your face straight after to prevent bacteria from clogging your pores.

 
 
 
 

3. Eat a well balanced diet – Foods packed with the rights nutrients and minerals are vital for healthy skin. Think of it as a ‘cleanse’ from the inside. Vitamin C found in citrus fruits, is important for the production and formation of collagen, the skin’s support structure. Seeds and nuts are loaded with vitamin E- which is found on the top surface layer of your skin. Fruits and vegetables that contain beta-carotene (usually orange or red in colour) are converted in your body to vitamin A. This regulates cell production so the skin’s surface is smooth. Other foods such as Dark chocolate (yes chocolate!) which is high in antioxidants, wholegrain foods and sources of omega 3 (from salmon and walnuts) provide a range of benefits and help fight off inflammation of the skin.

 
 
 
 

4. Mental well being – exercise can help reduce cortisol levels by a steady release of endorphins (aka the happy hormone) , which in turn helps prevent skin break outs. Our skin tends to reflects how we’re feeling on the inside so taking some real time out for yourself and learning to not over work yourself does wonders for your skin. Conditions such as acne vulgaris, and eczema tend to flare up when we are stressed, depressed or anxious. So take some time out regularly to distress.

 

 

5. Sunblock- A daily broad spectrum, high SPF sunscreen is vital! Using a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or 50 keeps out about 98 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays . These rays are responsible for skin aging; fine lines and wrinkles, age spot and skin cancer!

 
 
 

6. Have a daily skin care routine-wash your face before bed! Use non harsh, alcohol free cleansers, that do enough to remove oil, debris and bacteria from the surface of the skin and prepare the skin for a good moisturiser . Your moisturiser should be enriched with active ingredients that will get absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin. A high grade anti-oxidant serum, containing vitamin C can be used to reduce inflammation and even skin tone. A retinol based cream for those approaching their late 20’s is perfect as a preventative regime to quicken the skins regeneration process and slow down ageing.

 
 
 
 
 

7. Stop smoking and refrain from alcohol – self explanatory really. Skin damage for smokers starts much earlier than others who do not. Skin cancer, delayed wound healing, deep lines and wrinkles , early tooth loss , sagging skin and thinning hair are just a few of the side effects of smoking. Cigarettes contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin. Nicotine reduces blood flow leaving your skin looking dull and lacking life . Alcohol is no different. It is a diuretic, meaning it forces water out of our bodies and causes dehydration, resulting in the formation of deep lines and wrinkles. High levels of sugar causes inflammation, breakouts, and cell damage.

 

8. Invest in Skin care treatments that work! Chemical skin peels and medical microneedling have proven to even skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and diminish blemishes and scars by helping speed up the skin’s regeneration process. There does not tend to be a ‘quick fix’ when it comes to getting clearer skin, so a tailored treatment plan should be created. Dermal fillers can certainly help restore areas of the face that have lost both volume and hydration. Anti wrinkle injections can help smooth the skin by limiting the activity of stronger muscles, so that lines and wrinkles don’t become as deep and prominent. Medglo Aesthetics uses the highest grade quality and only medically approved products to help achieve natural looking fantastic results.

 
 
 

What other way do you look after your skin? Share your ideas. Contact us today!

 

If you have any other questions, or would like to book a skin analysis consultation, email us at info@medgloclinic.com or call +447535273792

 

Zahra Algebory

Dental Facial Aesthetician

Founder of MedGlo Clinic

 

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