Thursday, 14 January 2016


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At 20, I am by no means old and I am pretty happy with my skin. I would like to keep it that way, though. It is important to have a good skincare routine when you’re young as it will stand you in good stead when your skin ages. You don’t want to start a routine when it is too late to make much of a difference.

A lot of people may not know that they key to keeping your skin looking young is by taking care of the collagen in your skin. Collagen is a protein that is made by the cells and it keeps everything ‘together’. It is one of the reasons why youthful skin is so firm. When we are young, collagen gets used but we make more and it gets replaced. As we get older, the collagen production slows down. It doesn’t stop but slows down. When we are older, the collagen we have may have been damaged by harmful UV rays or from things like smoking. This is why we are more likely to have more saggy or wrinkly skin when we are older.

One way to combat this is not to damage the collagen we have in the first place. A common way to stop this is to look after your skin in the sun. Even if you tan well and rarely burn, you still need to apply sunscreen. You can still get a tan through sunscreen but it just blocks out the UV rays. They are the ones that do the damage. Think about applying sunscreen on a daily basis in summer. Look for a foundation with a sunscreen in too. Then you will be protecting your skin without thinking about it.

Another good thing to do is having a skincare routine in place. As I have said before, it is no use starting when the damage has been done. Making sure that you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin is key. You could even use serums to hydrate your skin and keep it firm and plump. Have a look around for the best whitening serum you can get and you will notice a difference.

What you put into your body, affects your skin just as much as what you put onto the outside of it. So it is important to think about the effects of smoking on your skin and the effect your diet has. It might sound harsh to say, but it can be quite easy to identify when older people smoke. They have sagged skin due to the collagen being damaged. It is important to have a diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals; in particular, vitamin c. This vitamin is vital in the production of collagen. Not to get too sciency but vitamin c contains acids that help the proteins to form. Vitamin c is common in most fruits and vegetables but found most in citrus fruits.

The key is to start keeping your skin healthy now, and it will help it stay healthy as you get older.

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