Change the future for your skin in just 7 days
Want to make an investment that pays serious long-term dividends? Change one thing in your life each day for the next seven days, and it could dramatically change how well your skin will age. In time, you’ll look 10 years younger than your contemporaries who have kept up their old habits. Here’s what to do.
Day 1: Start using broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection. Instead of your regular moisturiser, switch to one with an SPF formula and use it every single morning, all year-round summer and winter. I always use my IMAGE SPF 30 Tinted Moisturiser daily and without fail. Whether I plan to spend time outside or not, rain or shine. Aiming high with sun protection does not always mean its the best, since studies have shown that we rarely use enough product to reach the SPF factor stated on the package anyway. What you need to look for is a physical Sun cream that has a high content of Titanium Dioxide in it. And sun beds? Don’t even go there…
Day 2: Get the antioxidant habit. Apply a good antioxidant serum to your face, neck, chest and hands every morning before you apply sun protection. Vitamin C is always a good place to start. Vitamin C is a wonder ingredient – and not just for fending off colds. it is one of the few proven anti-ageing skincare ingredients (it encourages collagen production), can improve visible signs of sun damage and scarring, and helps defend skin against environmental damage caused by free radicals. Check out Image Vital C range, its simply the best!
Day 3: Change your diet. So while your skincare routine plays a part in your skin’s condition, a nutrient-packed diet can work wonders to maintain healthy skin from the inside out. What actually helps though?
To start make sure you include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, variety is the key.
Are 3 key micro-nutrients I make sure are in my diet!
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Day 4: Drink 2 litres of water daily. Remember your skin is an organ. In fact, it’s the largest organ in your body, and it’s mostly made up of water. Without water, your skin can’t function at its best. If your skin doesn’t get enough water, not only will it become dry, tight, and flaky, but it will also become even more prone to aging.
The truth is that your body loses large quantities of water every day, so if you don’t replace it by drinking more water, your skin will suffer the consequences. It’s easy to see the visible difference that hydration can make for your skin when you increase you daily quota!
Day 5: Start using a vitamin A ‘repair’ cream. Retinols and Retin-A are both retinoids. They are both derived from vitamin A. Think of it this way: retinols and Retin-A are types of retinoids, just as apple and key lime are types of pies.
So now you know that retinol and Retin-A are both types of retinoids, however Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A.
Retin-A is actually the brand name for the medication tretinoin. Retin-A is a synthetic form of vitamin A.
Its always best to get professional advice before purchasing. Link up with one of our Virtual Therapist to find out more.
Day 6: Make sure you have enough sleep and reduce your stress levels! Sleep deprivation and stress raise your levels of cortisol – a hormone known to have negative effects on collagen metabolism. Did you know too, that increased cortisol levels due to chronic sleep loss can lead to insulin resistance, a risk factor for obesity and diabetes? Set your clock and aim for 8 hours a night Zzzzzzzzzz
Day 7: Exfoliation Is A Lot Like Cleaning Out Your Closet! Slightly messy, sometimes emotional, and potentially irritating, but when all's said and done, both are necessary labours. Exfoliants on the market today currently run in two lanes: physical and chemical. They both technically do the same thing slough off dead skin, but they do so in very different ways. You want to make sure you're doing it right, because proper exfoliation allows your serums, moisturizers, etc to sink into your skin a whole lot better. Which means you're getting more for your hard-earned money. Check in with our Virtual Therapist to find out what is best for you.
It only takes a week to change the future of your skin. Start now – and prepare to look fabulous for your age!
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