beauty insider: YOUR SKIN’S RESCUE MISSION AGAINST FACE INVADERS

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EVERY DAY YOUR SKIN COMES UNDER ATTACK FROM ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT CAN WREAK HAVOC ON YOUR COMPLEXION!

here’s your skin’s anti-ageing rescue mission…


FACE INVADER: FOREHEAD FINE LINES
Fine lines are caused by surface dehydration due to lack of moisture and exfoliating.
FACE OFF: You’ll see a dramatic difference by exfoliating away all surface dead cell build-up twice a week, and then hydrating the skin with a moisturiser morning and night. Remember to drink plenty of water to rehydrate the skin from within – and try an Enzyme Facial which dissolves surface dead cells, and softens lines, without any risk of irritation.

FACE INVADER: BREAKOUTS
Blemishes start when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil. Normally the cells slough off regularly and the oil passes to the surface of the skin. When there’s excess oil production and the dead skin cells are “sticky” and fail to flake off, a pore becomes plugged and bacteria multiply, causing inflammation.
FACE OFF: Use anti-blemish products to help clear and minimise the appearance of breakouts without overdrying or irritating skin.

FACE INVADER: OILINESS
Oily skin is caused by over production of sebum, the skin’s natural hydrator. One advantage of this skin type is that it ages a lot slower than other skin types.
FACE OFF: Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil – it will actually make your oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss causing more oiliness, block pores and breakouts. Cooling the skin, so it doesn’t need to produce as much oil, helps control the problem. Think of sebum as butter on a hot day – it spreads. On a cool day it stays in the same place.

FACE INVADER: EYE WRINKLES
By the time you’re 20 you’ve been exposed to ultraviolet light, pollution and other damaging environmental factors. These factors cause inflammatory reactions which will eventually start to destroy collagen fibres, especially around your eyes where your skin is constantly moving.
FACE OFF: Good skin care – which includes using an eye cream both morning and night – can help reduce the damage by up to 50 per cent, Eating foods that are high in antioxidants to help maintain the structure of the fine skin around your eyes. Vitamin’s C and A (which helps your skin retain moisture) are helpful – as are the essential fats found in fish such as salmon and tuna.

FACE INVADER: DARK CIRCLES
Dark circles show high levels of toxicity in your body. The cause could be your liver having problems dealing with toxins from pollution, alcohol or the Pill – or your kidneys may be under pressure from too much concentrated protein such as red meat.
FACE OFF: A diet high in antioxidants, fruit and vegetables will help you eliminate toxic elements. The delicate skin under your eyes is irritated by all sorts of things especially if you’re tired and stressed so using an eye cream, getting plenty of sleep and learning to relax will help speed up the disappearance of dark circles.

FACE INVADER: EXCESS BAGGAGE/PUFFINESS
Your face mirrors everything that happens inside your body, and the area around your eyes relates to your kidneys and bladder. With puffiness your bladder is the problem – you’re either drinking too much water or not enough.
FACE OFF: Drinking two litres of water daily will sort out your skin by rehydrating your body and flushing out fluid retention which can show around the eyes. Try sleeping on three pillows to drain fluid from your face and keep some spoons in the fridge; pressing the convex sides against your lids for a few minutes constricts blood vessels and helps ease puffiness.

FACE INVADER: BLACKHEADS
Blackheads are caused by dehydration – and not cleansing and exfoliating properly. Wearing make-up around the clock can also cause blocked pores which leads to blackheads.
FACE OFF: New research shows squeezing blackheads causes the follicle to become distorted and results in scarring and large open pores. It’s best to take a gentler approach by exfoliating your skin in the shower – the steam helps deep cleanse the skin – then applying a mud mask to the blackhead to extract the blockage. Lie down while you’ve got the mask on to avoid it dragging on your skin.

FACE INVADER: DEHYDRATED, FLAKY SKIN
Dry skin has a low level of sebum and is prone to sensitivity. Wind, extremes in temperature, air-conditioning and being dehydrated can cause this skin type to flake, chap and feel tight.
FACE OFF: Use moisture-rich products (cream- or oil-based) and increase your water intake and essential fatty acids on your diet. Avoid water soluble products because exposing dry skin to water can aggravate the condition and make the problem worse.

FACE INVADER: PIGMENTATION
Pigmentation can be caused by sun exposure, hormonal imbalances (caused by the pill) and pregnancy.
FACE OFF: There are various options to treat uneven skin tone. Creams containing AHA’s are good for treating hyper-pigmentation but they make the skin more vunerable to sun damage and further pigmentation. Applying a high protection sun block every day before you leave the house can help guard against this.

FACE INVADER: LARGE PORES
Enlarged pores are a result of an over-production of sebum. They cannot be made physically smaller, only minimised in appearance.
FACE OFF: The best way to handle large pores is regular cleansing and use of oil-controlling products, to ensure the excess oil is mopped up and pores are left clear from oil blockages. Regular exfoliation also helps with large pores, as it clears the area of unwanted dead skin cells that may be causing the blockages.

FACE INVADER: UPPER LIP HAIR
Hair on the upper lip is very common and is due to too much testosterone caused either by hormones or from being on the Pill.
FACE OFF: First make an appointment with your gynecologist to see if changing the Pill will help. If hormones are not the problem, have the hair professionally waxed to avoid scarring. Ask your beautician about using a post-i’epil to help slow down hair growth by up to three weeks.

FACE INVADER: CHAPPED LIPS
Lips don’t produce sebum which seals in moisture, and our natural response is to lick our lips but this only makes them drier.
FACE OFF: First your lips need to be exfoliated before they can absorb moisture and begin to heal. A soft toothbrush will do the trick (gently massage in circles), then apply a lip treatment (or night cream) to re-moisturise and protect them. To avoid further drying out, stay away from matte or long-lasting lipsticks which are more drying than regular, creamy formulas.

FACE INVADER: PUCKER LINES
Pucker lines are caused by chapped lips being left untreated – and from smoking.
FACE OFF: Remove dead cell build up (with a soft toothbrush) and use anti-aging products to help soften the lines. Another trick is to apply an eye cream under your lipstick to set the colour and to stop it from bleeding into the cracks around the mouth.

+ face-saving foods…

Strawberries: Water-packed berries hydrate the skin, and their high vitamin C content may help stall the ageing process.
Leafy greens: Veggies like spinach contain antioxidants that keep the skin elastic.
Poultry: These meats are high in zinc, which stimulates collagen production.
Fish: Salmon and other cold-water fish have protein, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which repair the skin.
Tofu: Soy products are loaded with amino acids that promote new cell growth.
Olive oil: It’s essential fatty acids help exfoliate the skin and keep pores clean.

{Pic: The Zoe Report}


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