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Premature wrinkles are thanks to:

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Premature wrinkles are thanks to:

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Wrinkles are the result of a combination of factors. There are essentially two types of ageing: internal and external. Internal ageing depends on the genes we inherit. It’s a continuous, natural process, as the body slows down its renewal of cells over decades. External ageing depends on your environment. The chief culprit is sun exposure, but smoking and drinking alcohol can also contribute to prematurely aged skin. Help prevent signs of early ageing by avoiding smoking and applying sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 15.

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You should hydrate your skin with:

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You should hydrate your skin with:

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Dry, dehydrated skin makes lines and wrinkles appear deeper. Having a cocktail, beer or other alcoholic drink is more likely to dehydrate you, as alcohol is a diuretic. It may also deprive your skin of essential vitamins and nutrients. If you want to plump up your skin and make it look smoother, choose water. Water also helps your body absorb nutrients and flush out toxins. A slice of lemon adds flavour, rather than drinking the sugar in a glass of juice. Six to eight glasses of water daily keeps skin hydrated, encourages you to sweat more efficiently and helps skin stay cleaner and clearer.

Keep skin plump and hydrated by taking baths and showers that are:

Keep skin plump and hydrated by taking baths and showers that are:

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You know heat works well when you’re scrubbing oily pot and pans, but do you want to give your skin the same treatment? An overly hot, steamy shower can put stress on your skin, stripping it of its natural protective oils. Prolonged exposure to hot water can also cause moisture evaporation and dry out skin, making it itchy and flaky. Rarely, people can react the same way to cold water as sensitive skin develops cracks. The best choice is a 5-10 minute shower or bath using warm water. Afterwards, gently, pat dry your skin and apply moisturiser.

To keep oily skin looking healthy your should:

To keep oily skin looking healthy your should:

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Washing with plain soap and water is the best way to keep your skin fresh and healthy. Don’t overdo it with antibacterial soap as your skin may react by ramping up oil production. After washing, slather on a non-comedogenic moisturiser, which is less likely to clog pores.

The sun is most damaging to skin at which of these times?

The sun is most damaging to skin at which of these times?

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You already know that exposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to early wrinkles and skin discolouration. But research shows that a huge 86% of melanoma skin cancers in the UK are linked with the sun’s UV rays as well as tanning beds. In the UK, the sun's UV rays are most intense between about 11 am and 3pm. So, even if it’s cloudy outside, you need to protect your skin from ultraviolet light by:

  • Covering up or staying out of the sun during peak hours
  • Using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more
  • Using sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection
  • Avoiding tanning beds

Too much fat in your diet can:

Too much fat in your diet can:

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Along with protein and carbohydrates, fats play a key role in the health of your skin - particularly good fats like omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs). They’re found in foods like salmon, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, and help produce the skin's natural oil barrier by helping keep skin hydrated and plumper. They also reduce the inflammation associated with acne. Most of us get plenty of omega-6s (found in baked goods, grains and other sources), but are short on omega-3s, found in salmon, flax, walnuts, soy, fortified eggs and other foods.

Which of these foods is better for healthier skin?

Which of these foods is better for healthier skin?

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Avocados are packed with nutrients like vitamin E and beta carotene. Both are vital for nourishing healthy, beautiful skin. Vitamin E, found in nuts and seeds, helps reduce free radicals. They’re atoms that damage skin-supporting collagen, encouraging wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that converts into vitamin A that’s linked with growth and repair of tissues.

 

Meanwhile, foods that are rich in vitamin C, like citrus fruit and leafy greens, help repair skin tissue and reduce lines and wrinkles.

 

Switch refined carbohydrates such as white rice for complex carbs like brown rice and avoid overly salted food that can promote puffy skin.

Which minerals have been associated with healthy skin?

Which minerals have been associated with healthy skin?

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Zinc is important for skin health. It’s found in seafood and fish as well as eggs and wholegrains. The antioxidant properties of selenium have been associated with maintaining skin firmness and elasticity. It’s found in foods like wholegrains, meat and garlic. However, more research on the skin benefits of selenium is needed.

Chlorine in tap water can make some people:

Chlorine in tap water can make some people:

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Chlorine and other chemicals are added to water to counteract heavy metals in old water pipes and contaminated soil. Some people, especially people prone to eczema, are sensitive to chlorine and may develop dry skin, itching and rashes. This is more common when swimming in chlorinated pools. To protect your skin, apply moisturisers before and after swimming.

To protect your skin you should limit contact with which of these?

To protect your skin you should limit contact with which of these?

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Irritants like detergents can trigger contact dermatitis or eczema in some people with sensitive skin. Skin symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning or stinging

Other common culprits include disinfectants, cement, machine oils, perfumes and certain plants. Take care to avoid contact with any of these if you notice an adverse reaction.

Which of these may pose a bacterial threat to skin?

Which of these may pose a bacterial threat to skin?

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As make-up ages it also gathers bacteria that can pose a threat to healthy skin. Make-up hygiene is important to avoid irritation and skin infections. If you use concealer to cover up spots, it’s also picking up bacteria. Old, liquid eye makeup like mascara can cause eye infections, so experts recommend buying new every 3 months. A 2007 British survey found 92% of women kept their mascara for over 6 months. Lipsticks can last about 2 years but throw them out sooner if need be. Brushes and sponges also harbour germs. It’s best to use disposable sponges or clean brushes regularly.

No skin cream is truly able to reduce wrinkles.

No skin cream is truly able to reduce wrinkles.

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You don’t have to believe all the claims made by the beauty industry. However, tests show that not all skin creams are created equal. In 2009, scientists claimed that one over-the-counter skin cream was proven to reduce fine wrinkles and generally improve weathered looking skin. Creams that contain retinoids have also been shown to be effective. They help reduce wrinkles and are recommended by many dermatologists for that purpose. See your doctor before using retinol creams as they can cause sun sensitivity and skin dryness.

Being deprived of which of these can spoil your skin?

Being deprived of which of these can spoil your skin?

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Getting a good night’s sleep allows your skin to rest and rejuvenate itself.

 

Sleep deprivation causes tiredness and fatigue that shows in dull, lifeless skin. About half of the people in the UK are estimated to get less than 6 hours sleep.

Which of these can trigger acne?

Which of these can trigger acne?

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Dirty skin and poor hygiene are not proven to cause acne. However, it’s still a good idea to wash make-up off before you sleep and sanitise the touch screen on your mobile phone, which can collect germs. Finally, acne is not infectious, so if you have skin-to- skin contact during kissing you won’t catch acne from your partner.

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