1. Cleanse without damage
Many soaps and cleansers are not gentle on your skin. They strip it from its protective lipids, change its acidity, making it easier for germs to establish themselves on the surface, and loosen the water-holding barrier causing water to evaporate faster from the skin. This leads to increased water loss and skin dryness, skin infections, irritation and allergies. It can also make your skin look dull, tired and wrinkled.
Resolution: Keep your protective layer intact by cleansing your skin with warm water, using mild cleansers with pH from 5.5-7.
Yes, we need to moisturize our skin regularly, especially during winter. But do you know what your moisturizer is truly made of? Look at the label. Are you seeing many names that you do not recognize and can't even pronounce? Many moisturizers are formulated with oily chemicals that may feel good on skin and immediately make it smooth and supple, however, do nothing to repair its protective barrier and can even increase the chemical load on already damaged skin, causing more irritation and dryness.
Resolution: Moisturize without damage by using natural biological oils such as squalane or emu oil. Biological oils restore the protective barrier and not only make skin look soft and smooth, but ensure that it remains young, beautiful and radiant.
Most damaging factors such as UV-radiation and toxins are so damaging because they trigger chemical reactions that produce a large amount of very aggressive molecules – free radicals. Free radicals damage skin cells, proteins, such as collagen and elastin, and wreck havoc on the skin's DNA. All this can lead to accelerated aging. Healthy skin can fight off free radicals using its robust anti-oxidant system; however, it often needs help. You can help your skin to fight off aggressive free radicals with cosmetic products containing natural antioxidants. However, not all antioxidants are equal.
Resolution: Ensure your skin gets the best defense by using naturally occurring antioxidants such as vitamin E and C, alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and carotenoids from tomato – such as lycopene, lutein, beta-carotene. Copper-peptides are also known to boost antioxidants in skin, supplying copper to the most powerful antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
When we are young, our skin renews itself every 2 weeks. As we get older, skin renewal slows down and it can take 4-6 weeks or more to renew all layers. The most effective solutions to increase skin cell turnover are exfoliating acids.
One of the most widely used exfoliating acids is salicylic acid. It is soluble in oils, so it can penetrate oil glands, unclogging them and reducing pore size. It is also excellent remover of dead skin cells. Another exfoliating acid is lactic acid, which is naturally present in skin and has moisturizing properties.
Resolution: Help your skin to renew faster by gently peeling away old and worn out skin layers, revealing smoother and brighter skin.
Exfoliation alone is not enough to keep your skin young-looking. You also need substances that make your skin supple, boost its resilience and reduce wrinkles. Copper-peptides has been shown to improve appearance of aging skin, reduce wrinkles and mottled pigmentation, increase elasticity and resilience, improve cosmetic effect of lasers and other procedures. The best studied copper-peptide is GHK, discovered by Dr. Loren Pickart.
Another well-known beauty booster is vitamin C. However, it is more useful when taken with food, since it may be unstable in cosmetic products.
Resolution: Explore copper-peptides based cosmetic products and add vitamin\n C as a daily supplement.
Do you have enough color on your plate? No I am not talking about those colorful, sugary morning cereals. To keep your skin beautiful you need to have at least some of the following: GREEN (leafy vegetables, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage), ORANGE (carrots, pumpkin, squash, oranges), RED (tomatoes, grapes, pomegranate), BLUE (blueberry). You get the idea.
Resolution: Add to your diet a rainbow of fruits and vegetables that contain fiber, which removes toxins from your intestine, powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, anti-inflammatory and collagen boosting substances and vitamins.
Aerobic exercises bring more oxygen to your skin, speeding up renewal and repair. Also it has been shown that regular exercise resets DNA pattern to a more youthful state.
Resolution: Get at least 30 minutes of aerobic movements a day and your DNA will start producing younger proteins, including those that keep your skin supple and elastic.
It is really that simple. Your skin restores itself at night, so the less sleep you get – the less repair you have.
Resolution: Make sure you get at least 8 hours every day and whenever possible try to catch 30 min nap.
Regular massage stimulates circulation, reduces swelling, tones up our muscles to create a lifted and defined appearance, stimulates collagen production, speeds up skin renewal while helping saturate our skin with "happy chemicals": endorphins.
Resolution: Treat yourself to a massage many times throughout the year.
Stress hormones can wreak havoc to biochemical reactions in our skin. On the contrary, positive emotions trigger the production of our natural happy molecules – endorphins. Endorphins help you stay younger and maintain radiant and smooth skin. They reduce inflammation, boost collagen and strengthen the immune system.
Resolution: In New Year of 2017, make sure you find time to enjoy life, nurture healthy, satisfying relationships, laugh and smile as often as possible. Live, laugh, love, take care of your skin and be happy, successful and radiantly beautiful!