Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Ultimate Skin Savers / How to maintain your youth

In April 2012 edition of Harper's Bazaar, I've found a few interesting articles that revealed many secrets about maintaining youthful skin. Here are some of the secrets, or well, not so much of a secret anymore! I hope you will find this information useful.

  • The most important rule is to use sunscreen all year round. Then you wouldn't worry about sun damage nearly as much. But if you've already experienced some damage:
  • Using a mild retinoid in a moisturizing base at night can boost collagen production and fight dark circles and crow's feet.
  • Puffy eyes? Try caffeine-containing eye creams. Other ingredients that may help: green tea, chamomile or aloe.
  • Big pores? Try a salicylic acid peel to cleanse your pores and fractional non-ablative lasers to help tighten them. 
  • Saggy skin? A lot of people claim that Olay Regenerist helps, and only costs $24.99 for a sculpting cream. I think I may try it!
  • Pigmentation? Look for products with these ingredients: licorice root, niacin, kojic acid, soy and vitamin C all help treat pigmentation. 

Diet Secrets:

  • Go easy on the grilling. Choose lowered-heat cooking methods such as steaming, poaching or using a slow cooker.
  • Veggies need backup. Eat veggies and fruits together for a more powerful antioxidant effect. Think: orange, grape, and blueberries.
  • Drink coffee, tea, and water instead of hard liquor or sugary juices.
  • Eat pure dark chocolate. Avoid processed chocolates and candy is your enemy.
  • Exercise is powerful. Workout harder, not longer. To get the most benefits, the truth is that exercise should be hard. 
  • Sleep 8 hours a day. Beauty sleep is not a myth!