Let’s Take Years & Years & Years Off Your Face

Skin mirrors human aging, and skin is the first organ to show signs of aging. Wrinkles may be considered as the road map of life, but no one wants to read Google maps when they look in the mirror — Right? Research has shown that, you may be writing a few of those lines yourself. Certain habits and behaviors increase the risk of premature skin aging. Avoiding them can help keep your skin looking younger, and smoother longer. Don’t Puff Your Skin Away


Rather than nag you to quit, I am just going to present the scientifically proven facts: Smoking destroys collagen and elastin and it decreases estrogen levels, which are necessary to keep skin firm. I am going to say it as it is — You can’t preserve youthful skin with nicotine stained hands. Kick Your Sugar Habit


It’s not much fun to hear I know, but research has proven that overindulging in sugar (corn syrup, dextrose, and fruit-juice concentrate) can prematurely age skin, weakening collagen and elastin as early as your mid-30s. For radiant firm skin you have to sacrifice that sweet aching tooth of yours. Feed Your Skin


New research has shown that low levels of skin-essential nutrients like vitamin C and zinc may slow your skin’s ability to repair itself. To keep skin happy, eat more fatty fish (such as salmon), dark green vegetables (like broccoli), almonds, and walnuts. And drink lots of green tea—it’s rich in antioxidants. You can literally eat your way to gorgeous skin. Pills Can Put Back What Life Takes Out


When you can’t get all of that good stuff into your diet, take these power supplements: • Coenzyme Q10: This antioxidant protects skin from free radicals and helps cells repair themselves. It may also play a role in treating skin cancer. Just be sure to take it in the morning—it can be as stimulating as coffee. • Evening primrose oil: This omega-6 fatty acid helps skin make ceramides to hold on to water more effectively. It even treats eczema. • Vitamin C: Without this antioxidant, your body cannot make more collagen. And even though it’s available in creams and serums, it’s much better absorbed when taken orally. • Poypodium leucotomos: This fern extract helps protect skin from UV damage and can reduce redness after you’ve been out in the sun. Take Heliocare Tab on days when you’ll be spending a lot of time outside. • Fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen skin’s barrier to keep moisture in and irritants out. They also help reduce inflammation and treat conditions like eczema. Moisturizer Makes Your Real Age Vanish


Here’s one thing I bet you didn’t know about moisturizers: They protect skin against free-radical damage. Dehydration leads to oxidative stress, which generates free radicals. Without moisture, your skin isn’t able to repair itself and suffers even more damage. You just have to use the right product. Cholesterol, ceramides, essential fatty acids, and niacinamide are the best ingredients to look for in a moisturizer. Slip Slop Slap Seek

The sun really is your skin’s worst enemy: It breaks down both collagen and elastin. So slather up with a broad-spectrum formula that contains Helioplex or Mexoryl—which offer the longest-acting protection — and has an SPF that’s at least 30. Remember there is no such thing as a healthy tagosunmartn.

Make Friends With Super Heroes


Antioxidants are the superheroes of skin care, protecting skin from evil forces in the environment—known as free radicals—that break down elastin and collagen. Every morning, protect your skin with a product containing a cocktail of antioxidants, since they often work best in synergy. I recommend vitamins A and C and coenzyme Q10. Kick Start Collagen


Without collagen, your skin is destined to have the same texture as an old leather bag. Fortunately, there’s a way to make more of this key building block, too: retinoids. They’re the rare family of ingredients that dermatologists agree—across the board—actually work. Another favorite of mine is Perfect Reflection from AminoGenesis, which is packed with amino acids, vitamins A, C, D and Co-Q10.


Now hop on to my healthy lifestyle bandwagon and let’s take years and years and years off your face. 😉

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Shazia Ali
A certified dermatologist, Skincare guru to the who's who of the Middle East, Dr. Shazia knows the secrets of anti-aging, the insider tips and tricks on how to achieve healthy, beautiful radiant skin and everything in between. Currently the brand Ambasador for University of Westminster, and the head Dermatologist at Tababa Clinics.

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