Sunday, June 29, 2008

Don’t wait till it’s too late to fight skin ageing process

Women nowadays spent lot of money buying luxury facial and skin cleanser, cream and stuff like that to prevent the skin ageing process. After all, in my opinion, this will help a little, the major factors or elements to slow down the skin ageing process is still very much depending on one’s lifestyle.

Please see below article that I read from TheSun newspaper for your benefits.

Don’t wait till it’s too late to fight skin ageing process

Whether we like it or not, we all show signs of ageing at some point in our lives. The first signs of ageing are most visible on our skin as, being the largest organ in our body, it is often exposed to external elements. There are ways to counter the effects if skin ageing but before that, we need to understand the process that causes our skin to age and the reason why thus happens. The earlier you start giving your skin the protection it needs, the higher your chance of maintaining a youthful and radiant look in your later years.

How can you avoid skin ageing?
The unfortunate truth is that we cannot avoid our skin from ageing. But we can try to slow down the ageing process by:
- Avoiding exposure to direct sunlight and UV radiation;
- Not smoking;
- Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated;
- Avoiding the consumption of processed food;
- Exercising regularly;
- Getting enough sleep;
- Getting more rest and relaxation; and
- Supplementing your diet with a well-balanced combination of antioxidants.

Remember that your skin is a reflection of your underlying health, so all these play a role in strengthening your body’s defence system against harmful free radicals, which, ultimately, creates better looking skin.

Fight ageing with antioxidants
The good news is, you can counter the effects of skin ageing by eating foods like whole grains, tomatoes, grapes, citrus fruits, vegetables and fish oil, all of which are rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, lycopene, proanthocyanidins and selenium. These antioxidants help to reduce wrinkle formation and epidermal thickness on your skin by improving its elasticity and keeping it well hydrated. They also provide protection against UV radiation and free radicals.

It is true that ageing skin is an unpreventable fact of life, but skin that is well-protected and well-nourished will look healthy, resulting in a more radiant and youthful appearance. After all, growing old gracefully is all the matters.

-Pharmaton Division, DKSH Malaysia Sdn Bhd

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