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Today is a day to celebrate women: those that are mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, soon to be mothers, someday mothers and mother-figures as you are all amazing. What better way to celebrate yourselves than to pamper your skin. Here are some tips that will help you regain or maintain that youthful glow and keep you looking your best.
1. Simplify: Skin care routines don’t need to complicated. A gentle cleanser, a daily moisturizer with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide and a topical retinoid applied nightly is a great way to keep it simple. Sure you can add moisturizers with anti-oxidants, under eye creams, toners, and a clarisonic for good measure, but simple is easier, cheaper and will get the job done.
2. Sleep: Now I admit, my sleep hygiene is no role model, but the “do what I say, not what I do” is what will get you better results in this scenario. Sleep does the body and your skin a lot of good. During sleep, beta-endorphins are at their peak. Research has shown that beta-endorphins increase water content and barrier function in the skin, accelerates skin cell turn over, and inhibits the aging process. Bottom line, good sleep will help improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Sweet dreams!
3. Exercise: A good sweat will not only clear your mind, shed the pounds, reduce risk of heart disease, improve sleep quality, and decrease the risk of certain cancers, it will also improve the quality of your skin. Exercise increases circulation and will give your skin a radiant and healthy glow. As an added bonus, it has been shown that the skin of people who exercise regularly exhibit a greater abundance of collagen, the fibers that give the skin its strength, flexibility and youthful appearance. So put on your sneakers and get moving!
4. Shade: I know I harp on this a lot, but avoiding excessive sun exposure is important for so many reasons. Yes, it is true we need to get some sun exposure to absorb Vitamin D, but excessive sun exposure will do you more harm than good including: loss of skin elasticity, premature wrinkles, dry,leathery skin, freckles, brown spots (“liver spots”), broken blood vessels and skin cancer. So put on that cute hat I know you are stowing away in your closet, put on those movie star sunglasses, rub in that sunscreen and lounge under that shady tree or umbrella that’s calling your name.
5. Relax: This is your day ladies, seize it! Now is the time to cast aside all that stress you have been carrying around. It’s not only good for your soul it’s good for your skin! Stress causes the release of the hormone cortisol and large amounts of cortisol circulating in our systems for extended periods of time causes thinning of the skin. Thin skin accelerates skin wrinkling, makes blood vessels under the skin more prominent as well as more prone to leakage with resultant bruising. So go get a massage, go for a walk, meditate, do yoga, read a good book or snuggle up with your special someone..whatever it takes to make that stress go away, your skin will thank you.
6. Purify: You have heard it all before, but what’s one more time right? Cleaning out all the processed, artificial, synthetic ingredients in your diet is good for the whole body including your skin. In order to generate the necessary building blocks for collagen production, wrinkle prevention and moisture, not to mention that healthy glow, your body needs good nutrition. When you eat whole and nutrient-rich foods, you provide your skin with the foundation it needs to fight both the signs of aging and disease so you can look and feel your best. So go ahead, dive into that bowl of veggies, throw in some legumes and fish and make your skin glow!
Ladies, today is your day! You are amazing and fabulous and not to mention sun-savvy (wink, wink: grab that sunscreen, hat and shades) so enjoy the day and pamper your skin! See you in the shade.