Ra­di­ant skin

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Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty -

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Glow­ing skin ex­udes health and youth­ful­ness. Get lu­mi­nos­ity and a flaw­less fin­ish with­out ap­pear­ing too made up, like this. Step 1 Exfoliate in the morn­ing and mas­sage in a few drops of face oil. Wait a few min­utes, then add primer. Step 2 Grab a liq­uid foun­da­tion and a damp sponge, and ap­ply a light layer of foun­da­tion over your face. Re­mem­ber that foun­da­tion is meant to even out your com­plex­ion, not con­ceal any­thing. Step 3 Con­ceal. “If you ap­ply concealer first, you see so many flaws and think you have to put it ev­ery­where,” said makeup artist Hung Van­ngo. “That’s when it be­comes thick.” In­stead, con­ceal af­ter and dab pow­der on the T-zone.

The ex­perts say This is a real phe­nom­e­non. “If you have adult acne or the bumpy kind of rosacea, sugar is one of the first things I’d sug­gest you cut out,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr El­iz­a­beth Tanzi. But it’s not ac­tu­ally the sugar that’s trig­ger­ing in­flam­ma­tion; all car­bo­hy­drates, from a bis­cuit to a grape, do this. Af­ter a few weeks of a low-carb, low-sugar diet, your skin should be sig­nif­i­cantly clearer, adds Dr Tanzi.

Sugar may have some spe­cific ef­fects: high quan­ti­ties en­act a grim process called gly­ca­tion, in which sugar mol­e­cules at­tach to col­la­gen, lead­ing to stiff­en­ing, cracks and wrin­kles over time, says dermo Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner. Keep your sweet in­take to a min­i­mum and use skin prod­ucts that re­pair col­la­gen. TRY L’oc­c­i­tane Im­mortelle Pre­cious Serum (R1 025).

How soon un­til you see a change A few weeks if you’re sugar sen­si­tive and rosacea-prone; longer if it’s the gen­eral gly­ca­tion you’re try­ing to tar­get. You say “I know I’m truly stressed when this re­cur­ring cys­tic pim­ple ap­pears on the right side of my chin – al­ways af­ter an ex­tremely anx­i­ety-filled cou­ple of days. I’ve tried spot treat­ments, but it’s there un­til things calm down.” – Brooke, 26

The ex­perts say The stress-skin con­nec­tion is real. “When you’re stressed, your body goes into fightor-flight mode and starts pump­ing steroid-based stress hor­mones like cor­ti­sol,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Ranella Hirsch. Over time, that process low­ers the body’s abil­ity to keep skin is­sues, like Brooke’s re­cur­ring break­outs, at bay. “The stress isn’t the un­der­ly­ing cause of her break­outs,” Dr Hirsch ex­plains, “but it is the lit­tle thing push­ing her skin over the edge.”

Stress can also trig­ger eczema, pso­ri­a­sis or rosacea flares, adds Dr Ze­ich­ner. Small anx­i­ety-eras­ing tac­tics are help­ful, but “I try hard not to do that party line of ‘Oh, yes, just do yoga,’” Dr Hirsch says. “For some women, [re­duc­ing stress means] get­ting a pedi­cure, go­ing hik­ing or hav­ing a date night.”

How soon un­til you see a change Weeks to months, says Dr Ze­ich­ner. “Stress can be a tricky one to bring down, but the ef­forts are worth it.”

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