Beauty – Stop the age clock

Make sure the largest or­gan in your body is in tip-top con­di­tion. Use these six ways to take care of your skin

True Love - - CONTENTS - By LERATO SEUOE Pho­to­graphs JURIE POTGIETER

SLEEP­ING BEAUTY

THE TERM “BEAUTY SLEEP” IS NOT A MYTH. THERE’S ENOUGH SCI­EN­TIFIC RE­SEARCH PROV­ING HOW SLEEP CAN IM­PROVE THE OVER­ALL QUAL­ITY OF YOUR LIFE AND PHYS­I­CAL AP­PEAR­ANCE. A LARGE PART OF THE SKIN-RE­GEN­ER­AT­ING PROCESS HAP­PENS WHILE WE SLEEP, SO THE LESS YOU HAVE, THE LESS FRE­QUENTLY YOUR SKIN RE­PAIRS IT­SELF. YOUR BODY EN­COUR­AGES BLOOD FLOW TO THE LARGEST OR­GAN OF YOUR BODY (THE SKIN) WHILE YOU SLEEP. WHEN YOU DON’T CATCH ENOUGH ZZZS YOU RUN THE RISK OF WAK­ING UP WITH A DULL AND LACK­LUS­TRE COM­PLEX­ION.

EAT RIGHT

YOU SHORT-CHANGE YOUR­SELF BY RE­LY­ING ONLY ON TOPI­CAL INGREDIENTS TO GIVE YOUR SKIN WHAT IT NEEDS. WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR BODY WILL DO MORE FOR YOU THAN BOT­TLES OF EX­PEN­SIVE CREAMS AND JARS COULD EVER DO.

ADD THESE SKIN-LOV­ING FOODS TO YOUR DIET: WAL­NUTS AND AL­MONDS AND GREEN DARK-LEAVED VEG­GIES LIKE KALE, SPINACH AND BROC­COLI, PLUS FATTY FISH LIKE SALMON. SWITCH SUGAR-LOADED DRINKS FOR GREEN TEA WHICH IS PACKED WITH AN­TIOX­I­DANTS. AND, AS AN EX­TRA, TAKE A MUL­TI­VI­TA­MIN TO SUP­PLE­MENT ANY DEFICIT IN YOUR DIET.

HY­DRA­TION HIGH

JUST LIKE A FLOWER NEEDS WA­TER TO FLOUR­ISH, SO TOO DOES YOUR SKIN AND WHAT YOU PUT IN IS WHAT YOU’LL GET OUT. IF YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE GUZZLING FIZZY DRINKS, YOUR SKIN WILL SUF­FER.

TAK­ING STEPS TO AC­TIVELY AGE BET­TER MEANS LOOK­ING AT WHAT YOU DRINK.

UP YOUR WA­TER IN­TAKE AND DE­CREASE THE AMOUNT OF COF­FEE AND SUG­ARY DRINKS.

IF YOU BAT­TLE TO DRINK WA­TER, MAKE IT MORE PALAT­ABLE BY CUT­TING UP A FRUIT OR CU­CUM­BER TO ADD FLAVOUR.

PULL OFF

A NUM­BER OF WOMEN TUG AND PULL AT THEIR SKIN WHEN AP­PLY­ING MAKE-UP OR WASH­ING THEIR FACES. STOP IT – DITCH THIS TER­RI­BLE SKIN HABIT AS IT CAUSES PRE­MA­TURE WRIN­KLES. AVOID PULLING ON YOUR EYES WHEN AP­PLY­ING EYE­LINER, LIFT­ING THE AREA ABOVE YOUR BROW BONE TO AP­PLY MAS­CARA OR STRETCH­ING YOUR MOUTH TO AP­PLY LIP­STICK.

SUN PRO­TEC­TION

JUST BE­CAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT AMOUNT OF MELANIN IN YOUR SKIN - A NAT­U­RAL SUN BAR­RIER - DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD ONLY TAKE OUT SUN­SCREEN WHEN YOU’RE AT THE BEACH OR FOR OUT­DOOR AC­TIV­I­TIES. WEAR IT EV­ERY SIN­GLE DAY.

AS THE OZONE LAYER GETS THIN­NER, YOU HAVE TO PRO­TECT YOUR SKIN JUST AS MUCH AS CAUCASIANS. THIS HABIT WILL ALSO HELP RE­DUCE THE CHANCES OF SE­VERE HYPERPIGMENTATION AND THE AP­PEAR­ANCE OF DIS­COLOURA­TION AND SKIN CAN­CER. USE A BROAD-SPEC­TRUM SUN­SCREEN TO SHIELD YOU FROM BOTH UVA AND UVB RAYS.

SMOKE OUT

PUFF­ING AWAY DOES NOT ONLY GIVE YOU HOR­RI­BLE BREATH, STAINED TEETH AND, POS­SI­BLY, CAN­CER, IT ALSO KILLS THE COL­LA­GEN AND ELASTIN IN YOUR SKIN. AN­OTHER NEG­A­TIVE IS THAT IT DE­CREASES THE ES­TRO­GEN LEV­ELS IN YOUR BODY, WHICH ARE KEY TO KEEP­ING YOUR SKIN FIRM. KICK THE HABIT IM­ME­DI­ATELY .

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