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Your Skin

By Onsen secret April 22, 2016 941 Views No comments

There are many elements that effect how my skin look and feels.

External - Seasons / Pollution

Seasons

You’ve seen what happens when the seasons change—so does your skin. At the start of each new season, your skin care needs tweaking so you keep it healthy and youthful-looking all year round.

Summer is the time for you to lighten up. Temperatures climb. Sunlight stays longer and stronger. Just as you stay cool by wearing lighter clothes and colors, you want to do the same with your skin care and makeup—lighter moisturizer, less-heavy base (and a lighter touch with the cosmetics). Stay out of the sun, as much as you can, from 10a.m. to 4p.m. If you’re spending the day outside, use sunscreen (remember to reapply it often), and sit under an umbrella, wear a stylish straw hat or baseball cap to protect your face from harmful UV rays. Pay attention to whether or not your skin needs an extra cleansing or more moisturizing on a particular day (more than the twice-a-day is best in humid climates). You may even need to exfoliate an extra day or two each week. Listen to your skin.

Depending on where you live, you may need to adjust your ritual and products and how often you use them, when autumn or spring arrives.

Winter brings beautiful snow and some of our favorite holidays. It also brings dry skin from indoor heat, cold winds, and dry air. Use a moisturizer that meets your needs so you not only look good, but keep your skin strong and supple. A humidifier can help restore your skin and body’s balance. If you don’t have a humidifier, place some attractive glass bowls filled with water in each room.

Whatever the season, to put your best face forward: adjust skin care and rituals as needed; use skin care and makeup products that contain antioxidants (even better if products boost circulation!); stay shaded in summer; add humidity to rooms in winter; and assist all of this by drinking enough water every day. Water helps cleanse impurities from body and skin, and this helps keep your skin soft and smooth.

Pollution

Skin is an excellent record keeper. Every moment of exposure to daylight adds up like money in the bank. The problem is the payoff known as sun damage (also known as photodamage). Skin is an excellent record keeper. Every moment of exposure to daylight adds up like money in the bank. The problem is the payoff known as sun damage (also known as photodamage). Skin is an excellent record keeper. Every moment of exposure to daylight adds up like money in the bank.

Internal - Nutrition / Hydration / Body Cycles / Hormones

Nutrition

FOOD - Ahh . . . the deep jewel-tones of fruits and veggies—they are the colors that promise beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. “You are what you eat” is true; and this means you need to feed your skin as much as the rest of your body.

Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the best skin care regimen can only do so much, like cosmetics. For the most flawless-looking skin, you have to start at the inside. You slow down aging—way down—when you feed your body more of what builds stronger, more vibrant new cells.

Glow from the inside out with more natural foods like fruits, grains, raw nuts, healthy proteins, and vegetables. Remember those jewel-tones: the richer the color, the better your skin quality will be.

You get the most boost-for-your-bucks if you eat foods in their natural state (uncooked) or cooked as little as possible. Those natural enzymes are like money in your skin and overall health bank account. Choose foods low in saturated fats and sugars. Saturated fats are known to cause premature aging and wrinkles. Please do not eliminate healthy fats from your foods; if you do, your skin will tend towards a prune instead of a gorgeous plum. High sugar consumption, especially of processed sugars, increase breakouts (and bad moods because of them) and negatively changes the structure of collagen—and that means one thing for certain: premature aging.
Do remember to enjoy a bite or two of seriously dark chocolate, even every day. A bite, not a bar! Healthy foods and chocolate—you’ll feel good and look better.

SUPPLEMENTS - If you’re tired and depleted, your skin is going to show it. You can make a difference with healthy foods; but unless you eat only the organic foods you grow and raise, and eat this way at every meal, it’s likely you aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep going and glowing.

Another thing vitamins and minerals do is flush toxins out, making acne and other skin problems diminish. A good deal of premature aging is because of toxins in the body. Flush ‘em!

One vitamin that reduces the appearance of acne and prevents skin cancer is Vitamin A. You do want to take the recommended daily dosage only; but if you apply some of that Vitamin-A gel onto blemishes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results. Vitamin C reduces wrinkles (and keeps gums healthy), while omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids protect your skin from drying out and thinning—two effects of the aging process.
Life can get demanding. This makes it easy to forget to eat balanced meals. Adding supplements to your daily routine can help replenish your skin with certain nutrients it may lack because of this. Make sure the label says the product provides 100% of your RDA (daily required allowance). Go for the glow!

Hydration

You’d be surprised how often dry skin-related problems result from not enough hydration. And this doesn’t just show up as lines on your skin, but also as under-eye circles, puffiness and sagging cheeks and necks.

Proper skin hydration can help counteract or slow down most aging effects, leaving your complexion looking naturally moisturized (nicer than saying, “keeps skin cells properly plumped,” but it’s the truth). Hydrated skin is smooth skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. This will also rid the body of harmful toxins that can cause skin to crack, flake, and look worn out over time.

Staying hydrated also helps your skin absorb the nutrients it needs. Besides water, other natural ingredients that aid in skin hydration are Allantoin, Avocado oil, Cetiol CC, Cegasoft PFO, Cetipol PLG, Hyaluronic acid, and Macadamia oil; so be sure your skin care products include some or all of these.

When you go out for long periods during the day, keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Be proactive and keep a liter of water with you while you’re away. Drink water at work.

Body Cycles

Your skin changes in unison with your body cycles. For women, for example, and during menstrual cycle, or when estrogen levels are at their lowest, skin is driest. Even more “fun” is that during the premenstrual phase, or before ovulation, skin becomes oily. A woman might get blemishes, but what she may not realize is that this is also the time when her skin becomes weaker and more vulnerable to UV damage—all caused by excessive oil. During this time, and when progesterone levels are at their highest, it’s best to avoid too many hours in the sun, especially between 10a.m. and 4p.m. Men also experience hormonal changes, especially at puberty, when Androgen hormone levels are highest. As these hormone levels rise, so does their skin’s oil production. Acne problems kick into gear. To ensure skin is its best any day of the month, cleanse skin twice a day to remove excess oil. Use the right product for your skin type so you don’t strip away the protective layer, which creates more oil. Some people use such harsh products on their skin it causes them to think they have oily skin when it’s actually dry skin—dry skin gets blemishes, too. Moisturize to support elasticity, hydrate during drier days, and protect your skin with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher, at all times.

Hormones

DAILY CYCLES: Your hormone levels shift during the morning so your energy amps up for your day and ramps down for your night’s rest. Your skin needs you to do something similar to support it.

In the morning, along with your usual skin care regimen, it’s important to protect your skin from daytime exposure to UV rays. A high-quality moisturizer is also a must. If you use foundation, make sure it has a sunscreen added as well.

Never go to bed without cleaning your skin. Even if you were inside most of the day, dirt and harmful pollutants floating in the air have become undesirable companions. These can clog pores and cause premature aging overtime. Besides, this stuff gets onto your pillowcase. You work hard each day; so does your skin. Treat it to what it needs: proper cleansing and replenishment with a moisturizer that’s specifically for nighttime repair.
Let’s face it. It’s easy to come home from a hard day’s work (or play) and go straight to bed, or wake up and run out the house without giving proper care to your skin. A few minutes can make a positive, long-term difference in how you look. Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

Lifestyle - Active / Sedentary / Combination

Active

If you have an active outdoor lifestyle, you spend a good number of hours where you’re likely to sweat more and spend more time exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Being active is good for you, but leaving your skin unprotected for long periods of time isn’t. It can cause long-term damage to your skin. Luckily, there are easy things an outdoor athlete or weekend warrior can do to prevent skin damage from happening before it starts. Before you step outside, use a broad-spectrum water- and sweat-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 15 on all exposed parts of the body. Stay out of the sun during peak shine time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., if you can; though, even a cloudy day sprays rays. If you live or play in a windy climate, cover your skin completely to protect it from the harmful elements and excessive dirt that can clog your skin pores.

Sometimes, you’re just going to be out and about in the sun during that peak time. Make, “Pass the sunscreen, please,” your mantra. Wear a hat made from light fabric or straw that shades your face. Go to shady spots as often as possible, and hydrate!

Sedentary

A sedentary lifestyle contributes to aging skin. It’s important to have a level of activity in your day so you avoid skin sections turning darker because of poor or decreased circulation. An active you mean active circulation. Not moving around enough can also cause sagging skin and dimpling, known as cellulite, which is best removed by daily, vigorous activity.

Fortunately, aging signs that result from a sedentary lifestyle can be eliminated quickly by starting an exercise program. Exercise increases irculation, and tightens and firms areas that have been neglected because of not enough activity. If you don’t move it, you loose it.

Combination

Do you have a combination lifestyle—you’re not completely inactive, but you’re not especially active either? Life balance for you may mean you relax and rest when you’re tired and go outdoors for activities when it’s necessary. The best way to keep your skin healthy, if you prefer a combo mambo, is to prepare for changes in the new environment or in the level of your activities.

Let’s say you’re planning your next vacation. You choose a place where you intend to venture out for most of the day into a hotter, drier climate than you’re used to. Sunscreen is as necessary as that bottle of water you carry, and you need to apply the sunscreen as often as recommended. It’s even better if your sunscreen is also a moisturizer, or the other way around.