8 tips for healthy skin

1. Nourish your skin with safe skincare products
Skin is the body’s biggest organ so whatever you are putting on your skin will, to some degree, get into your blood stream and internal organs. On average we use about 30 skincare products per year so it is extremely important to use products which are 100% natural with organic ingredients.
Did you know that in 67 years European Union banned over 1,000 active ingredients from skincare products, while at the same time Canada banned about 150 and US only about 9?

2. Sun protection
Excessive sun exposure speeds up the aging process resulting in wrinkles, age spots, discolorations and increases the risk of skin cancer. It’s impossible to avoid the sun exposure completely, besides we need that vitamin D after all but it’s best to control the amount of rays we are catching. In the summer limit your exposure by staying indoors or wearing a protective clothing between 12 pm till 4 pm. If you are going to be exposed to sun wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15- ideally mineral (with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or both) as chemical ones can be harmful. Reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours and more often if you’re swimming. In the winter time we are still susceptible to UV damage, even on a cloudy days so if you’re staying outdoors wear a sunscreen!

3. Reduce Stress
According to Ayurveda there are three types of stress: mental, emotional and physical and all of them cause skin aging. Mental stress influences moisture balance in the skin causing it to become thinner and age earlier resulting in wrinkles and stress lines. Emotional stress, when chronic, re-sults in acne, skin inflammation or sun sensitivity. Physical stress such as working too hard or over exercising will dry out the skin and consequently the skin becomes rough and appears more aged. People who smile more often age more gracefully so put on a big smile! You’ll also notice how your mood will automatically improve.

4. Night time routine
Always remove make-up before bedtime! Our skin regenerates the most at nighttime when we sleep so if we leave make-up on it suffocates the skin making it difficult to regenerate itself. Pay attention to your cleanser! If you have dry skin, your choice of face wash may be even more im-portant than your moisturizer. A non-soap cleanser is ideal because it helps replace the moisture barrier in your skin. Elaspa Optimal Facial Cleanser contains natural saponins that work like a soap without over drying the skin. Say no to SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and its derivatives as they are very strong skin irritants. Apply a suitable serum every night to supply your skin with actives to im-prove regeneration processes.

5. Exfoliate!
Have a healthy skin care routine that includes exfoliation. Depending on your skin type you want to exfoliate once a week for dry skin and 2-3 times for an oily skin to remove dead skin cells that our skin naturally sheds. It brings the radiance back by speeding up the cellular renewal process and unclogs the pores improving penetration of active ingredients and preventing acne lesions. Tip: elaspa gentle bamboo exfoliator doesn’t cause micro scratches and irritation of the skin.

6. Add hyaluronic acid to your daily skin care routine
It’s actually a sugar that can be found naturally in your body, including skin. However the natural aging process can decrease its amount in the skin. It holds up to 1000 times its weight in water so it increases your skin’s moisture, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to combat redness and dermatitis. Your skin will look and feel more supple. Always look for a low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid such as elaspa hyaluronic acid 2in1 which works inside out.
Tip: All elaspa serums include hyaluronic acid 2in1.

7. Healthy diet
What you eat directly affects the health and appearance of your skin. A healthy diet helps you look and feel your best. Generally speaking, eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins is a safe bet. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid processed foods full of preservatives as they are linked to cancer and other diseases.

8. Don’t smoke
Toxins found in cigarette smoke damage collagen and elastin, which are fibrous components of skin responsible for its firmness and texture. This results in speeding up the skin’s aging process, making smokers more prone to wrinkles.

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