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Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s also the one that’s most on show for everyone to see. So, how do we keep our largest organ in the best shape possible? Keep reading…
Well, there’s a strategic offensive concept known as the Boxing Manoeuvre – it’s a strategy used to “box in” and force an attack on all sides at once. The same concept can be applied against ageing skin. Here’s a good analogy – the leaves of a plant need the sunlight for photosynthesis and the soil for moisture and nutrients. In the same way, an exfoliant, either chemical or physical, won’t be enough to word off the signs of ageing on its own. Our bodies also need nutrients on the inside as well as on the outside.
Here are 7 steps to slow down the process of ageing, giving a more youthful appearance:
1). Eat healthy nutritious foods – the types of foods that assist in cell production. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, Bok choy, garden cress & Brussel sprouts (yes, Brussel sprouts) are some of the best foods for stem cell growth. These vegetables are full of the sulforaphane compound which boots enzymes in the liver, that counteract harmful toxins we might digest or breathe in.
2). Hydrate your body, drink plenty of water and then drink some more – at least 2.5 litres per day. Studies have shown that water hydrates the skin and help it to maintain its elasticity.
3). Moisturise your skin. Using a fine moisturiser without SPF will absorb into the skin faster. Avoid moisturisers that are thick and sit on the top of your skin. These types of moisturisers will make your skin sweat, enlarge your skin pores and inevitably leaving the skin with an aged appearance.
4). Avoid smoking – easier said than done I’ve been told, but direct and passive smoking has an effect on your skin. People who smoke have fewer elasticity and collagen, compared to those who don’t smoke. Without enough of collagen, the skin becomes dryer and less elastic.
5). Use gentle 5.5-6.5 acid-based PH soaps or cleansers and avoid alkaline soaps. Microfiber by itself is amazing for gently and effectively cleansing the skin without drying or irritating the skin. Most soaps are alkaline based which are too harsh and strip the skin.
6). Learn about gut health and microbiome health. Put this information into action. The term “gut microbiome” refers specifically to the microorganisms living in your intestines. A person has about 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in their digestive tract. While some microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary to a healthy body. Amazing benefits to gut health all round.
7). And of course, exfoliate. In my previous blog about exfoliants, we discussed the difference between physical and chemical exfoliants. Sundance The Designer Tan’s Derm-Exfoliant is a physical exfoliant designed for all skin types to rejuvenate & oxygenate through stimulation by removing impurities and dull skin cells. This allows new skin cells to appear, transforming your complexion into a radiant, youthful appearance. Derm-Exfoliant can reduce fine lines and unclog pores without harshly stripping away the skin’s protective layer. Derm-Exfoliant is excellent to use for preparation prior to using Sundance The Designer Tan, tanning mousse, for the longevity of your tan. It is suitable to use on the body and face and is recommended to use weekly.