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Ten Golden Rules for Glowing Skin

Do You Wish You Had a Naturally Smooth and Gorgeous Complexion?

Luminous skin doesn’t have to be a beauty pipedream – it’s as a simple as following a few simple steps. Many of the most effective ways to keep your skin glowing, even toned, and wrinkle-free don’t require that you break the bank. Indeed, it’s fairly simple to maintain lovely composure. Here are the rules to follow for a beautifully, bright complexion.

1. Stop smoking If you’re a smoker, you’re not doing any favors for your health — or your face. Not only is it harmful for your general health, it destroys and ages skin. Smoking can accelerate the skin’s ageing process, causing premature wrinkles and fine lines, particularly crows feet around the delicate eye area and smokers’ lines around the mouth. It’s been shown to be worse for your skin than sun damage!

2. Eat and drink wisely Good nutrition has a direct influence on how your skin looks. Load up on fresh food wherever possible, frozen is the next best option but be sure and avoid canned, refined or pre-packaged options. Swap fizzy and sugary drinks for water and green tea. Providing your body with an adequate water supply is something that needs to happen on the inside as well as the outside. To keep your skin looking radiant, you need to flush out the many toxins that build up in your body. Drink half your body weight in ounces each day. (140lbs is 70oz of water a day) During hot weather or when you’re working out, drink even more.

If you have a sweet tooth, substitute the sugar with a natural sweetener such as stevia, honey or agave

3. Exfoliate

Regularly exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells and improve cell turnover. The benefits are glowing skin, fewer wrinkles, and even color. Additionally, exfoliating will allow your moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply. Massage a facial scrub into the skin using a circular motion to further boost the blood flow.

Avoid over-exfoliating., Exfoliation should be gentle, harsh scrubbing can actually cause irritation and harm the surface layer of the skin, doing more damage than good. Your skin is the first line of defense against free radicals and over exfoliation can cause UV damage to skin as well as wrinkles. Avoid irritating your skin and look for products with fruit based enzymes for gentle exfoliation.

4. Be sun smart We all know the importance of applying sunscreen every day, yet many of us often neglect to do it. There’s no excuse to skip this crucial skin-protecting step. IT will protect against skin cancer and keep your skin looking youthful.

Look for a moisturizer containing a SPF 30+ sunscreen and apply before make-up even when the sun isn’t shinning. Routine walking, or even driving, can lead to more exposure to UV rays than we realize, so make sure to apply adequate SPF protection every day, even for moderate stints outside. If you do plan on a beach or pool outing, re-apply every two hours. Also be sure and check to see the water resistance of your products if you plan on being in the water.

5. Adequate sleep:

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Just as exfoliating removes unwanted dead skin cells, a full night’s sleep makes sure you grow new ones. On the other hand, getting too much sleep can be just as bad. The guideline is to try to sleep according to a regular schedule, so if your cycles are in need of some maintenance, consider melatonin or another natural regulatory aid.

6. Don’t treat all skin areas the same:

Not all skin composition is alike, so pay special attention to especially sensitive regions such as the skin around your eyes and lips. The skin around your eyes is particularly prone to damage and much thinner than the rest of your face, so be sure to use more delicate products when cleansing in this domain.

There isn’t a one-type-fits-all skincare routine. Generally, there are around five different skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. Each type requires certain levels of hydration, protection and care around the clock know your skin type. Your skin may be elastic, but when it comes to products, you should never adopt a policy of “one size fits all.” If you don’t know already, determine whether you have a dry, oily, or mixed skin type and tailor your entire regimen accordingly.

If you’re not sure of your skin type, visit a dermatologist or skin professional that can closely analyze your complexion and customize a routine that suits you. They’ll let you know the products your skin needs and doesn’t need in order to achieve the best results.

7. Choose the right cleanser

Be sure to pick a cleanser that isn’t too strong for your skin as this can strip your skin of its natural oils. Products for blemish-prone skin may cause over-drying, leaving the skin vulnerable to environmental assault.

Of course your makeup remover should be potent enough to get the job done, but harsh cleansers may end up drying out your skin. Especially if you have sensitive skin, go for water-based rather than alcohol cleansers to clean out those pores.

8. Stick to a skin routine

Find a skin routine that works for you and stick to it because your skin will respond best to a routine.

Make sure you remove your make-up every night or you can create the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin and premature aging. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne."

9. Moisturize

While you only need to exfoliate a few times per week, moisturizing should be something you do every day. Some people think that having an oily skin type means you should skip this part of skin care, but this is simply not true. No matter what your pH balance, your skin craves topical moisture. Look for products that say they are Non-comedogenic, this means they will not clog your pores and cause breakouts.

For those that suffer from dry skin, it is particularly important to moisturize your skin every day by regularly applying a moisturizer. The goal is to replenish, lock in and restore moisture levels

10. Sweat it out Studies have shown that breaking a regular sweat may also help to reverse the ageing process. Sticking to regular sessions of exercise three to four times per week, you will notice how much better you sleep and how much healthier you look and feel.

Patti Harris, Founder and Executive Director of Role Model LA.

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