Ag­ing Skin

Fashion (Canada) - - Beauty Skin - —C.A.

As your body’s largest or­gan, skin re­quires ap­pro­pri­ate and con­sis­tent care. “Healthy skin has ra­di­ance, or a glow, good elas­tic­ity and min­i­mal signs of photo-ag­ing, and is well hy­drated,” says Dr. Julie Karen. But since it’s your body’s armour, it’s con­stantly be­ing bom­barded by harm­ful el­e­ments. “Sun ex­po­sure, diet, pol­lu­tion, smok­ing, et cetera, all re­sult in the ap­pear­ance of lines, pig­men­ta­tion and loss of elas­tic­ity,” says Dr. Jean-Louis Se­bagh. Main­tain the health of your skin by choos­ing the right skin­care prod­ucts from an early age. “It is very im­por­tant, from the teenage years on­ward, that good skin­care and cos­me­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts with ac­tive in­gre­di­ents are used,” says Se­bagh. Wear­ing SPF 30 daily, all year round, is step num­ber one. Then it’s im­por­tant to feed skin with the right in­gre­di­ents to make sure it has what it needs. Main­tain the bar­rier func­tion with mois­tur­iz­ers that com­bine hy­drat­ing humec­tants (like hyaluronic acid, glyc­er­ine and other emol­lients), so that it’s re­sis­tant to things like red­ness and ir­ri­ta­tion. Proper hy­dra­tion will help max­i­mize your in­ner glow, as will fight­ing the ef­fects of the el­e­ments with vi­ta­mins C and E and green-tea polyphe­nols, which have been shown to pro­tect against UV-in­duced dam­age caused by free rad­i­cals. Ex­fo­li­a­tion with chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants like al­pha-hy­droxy acids will also help to keep skin tone uni­form.

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