With the right diet and products, you can fight free radicals to keep your skin young and firm

 

 

You might not be able to see it, but your skin is under constant attack by free radicals.

Left alone, those free radicals bounce around, causing damage to collagen and encouraging hyperpigmentation. Stop them, though, and you can help your skin stay smooth and even.

What exactly are free radicals?

Free radicals are minute reactive oxygen molecules that cause damage to the skin. In fact, they damage your skin cells, collagen production, and even your DNA.

We produce some free radicals internally as cells turnover, but the rest comes from external influences like pollution and UV rays.

Over time, the effects of free radicals show up in your skin as sagging, roughness, and wrinkles.

Can you fight free radicals?

The good news is that you can fight back against free radicals.

Antioxidants, especially, are vital in your fight against surface skin damage. Antioxidants help neutralize the molecules and in turn prevent them from causing signs of aging.

Your body produces a small number of antioxidants, but you need to try and consume or apply more on a regular basis.

Here are our top tips for fighting back.

  1. Eat an antioxidant rich diet

Antioxidants work to clean up free radicals naturally. You can include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet every day, including:

  • Green tea
  • Grapes and berries
  • Fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids like carrots and squash
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli
  • Fermented foods like kombucha and miso

 

  1. Apply your antioxidants

Many skin care products now contain a healthy dose of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Using these products daily can help your skin fight back against free radicals.

Neocutis’ Oxidative Stress is an antioxidant-rich serum, packed with vitamin C to promote regeneration of antioxidants while helping to neutralize free radicals.

  1. Start and end each day with antioxidants

Dermatologists used to recommend only using antioxidants in the morning since you don’t expose your skin as much at night. However, research shows that inflammation from daytime UV damage can continue up to several hours after exposure, which means you need antioxidants in the evening, too.

At night, make use of products that contain coenzyme Q10 and resveratrol. Resveratrol switches on the mechanism your body uses to produce its own antioxidants, preparing your skin for the next day’s fight.

  1. Vitamin C is your friend

Vitamin C is well-known for immunity boosting benefits, but it can also protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays. You’ll easily get your vitamin C boost from a number of foods, but a number of studies show minimal impact to your skin from consuming more vitamin C. So, the best way to protect your skin is through vitamin C-enriched lotions and creams.

The Obagi-C Rx System contains key ingredients like vitamin C and hydroquinone to help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep your skin looking young, smooth and firm.

  1. Avoid toxins and pollutants

Besides improving your diet and skincare regime, you can also reduce free radical damage by avoiding environmental pollutants in water and reducing chemical exposure in both cosmetic and household products.

You can also:

  • Take steps to reduce stress
  • Avoid overusing antibiotics and medications
  • Get regular exercise
  • Try to normalize your cholesterols and blood sugar levels to prevent blood pressure changes, heart problems, and diabetes.

You can fight back

Your body produces free radicals as byproducts of everyday cellular reactions, like breathing, as well as exposure to pollutants, radiation, stress, a poor diet, and other toxins.

Luckily, antioxidants can help slow down the adverse effects of free radicals and protect you from disease and signs of early aging. Antioxidant sources like leafy greens and vitamin-enriched skincare products are the way to go.

Make sure you’re getting the right antioxidants in the right form to successfully fight free radical damage!

Need help fighting off free radicals? Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today for expert advice and the right treatments especially for your skin.

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Ignore the myths and take good care of your skin

Thanks to the combination of old wives’ tales and the online world of self-diagnoses, there is an abundance of conflicting skin care advice.

Often, it’s not at all accurate.

In fact, some of the so-called advice could be doing your skin more harm than anything.

Below, we debunk 7 of the most common skin myths we regularly come across and offer helpful tips on what to do instead to keep your skin smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.

Myth 1: You should exfoliate your skin at least 2 – 3 times a week

It’s never a good idea to over-exfoliate your skin. The small granules in scrubs are too large to penetrate into your pores. So, they scratch the surface, literally. That makes for thinner skin over time.

Instead, opt for a diligent cleansing routine to remove dead skin cells, surface debris, and makeup for younger, glowing skin.

Lather your cleanser onto a natural sea sponge and massage onto damp skin using circular motions. Remember to rinse well and pat your face dry.

Neocutis stocks a delightfully nourishing and gentle exfoliating range of cleansers.

Myth 2: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy, rainy or winter

Even if plummeting temperatures keep you wrapped up and indoors, you still need to protect your skin. When it comes to UVB and UVA, there’s no place to hide and no amount of rain, clouds or cold temperatures will protect you. Even sitting indoors by an open window or under fluorescent lighting is enough to do damage to your skin.

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF, like the excellent range from EltaMD, each and every day, regardless of your layers or indoor preferences.

Myth 3: Acne is always caused by not washing your face

This is one of the most popular myths we come across. Here are the facts: for acne to develop, you need a combination of sebum, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation.

Sure, not helping your face will make things worse, but it’s not the sole cause of acne.

To prevent acne, follow a regular regime of moisturizing, limiting sun exposure, and wearing too much pore-clogging makeup without thoroughly cleaning it off every day.

Myth 4: You should always use antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean

It’s normal for your skin to have bacteria on it. In fact, it’s close to impossible to keep skin totally free of bacteria for an amount of time. What’s more, experts suggest that using antibacterial soap could result in even more bacteria.

You don’t need to use an antibacterial soap every day. Thorough and consistent washing with regular soap can help prevent the spread of germs and infections.

Myth 5: Your skin type will never change

Your skin actually changes throughout your lifetime. That’s because it’s prone to a host of hormonal, environmental and seasonal changes.

It’s common for women to have a combination skin, such as dry and oily, and adult acne is often a common occurrence.

Keep your skin nourished with the right moisturizer and serum for your skin type. Seek professional advice as your skin changes to ensure you are using the right products at the right time in your life.

Myth 6: You should always use all your products from just one brand

This isn’t exactly a black and white area. If you want to buy your entire skincare routine from one brand, then yes, it’s easy enough to do and the products are usually designed to work together.

When you use one range, you know that you’re going to get just the right amount of SPF, anti-aging, and exfoliation benefits.

But what if your skin is going through a change? What if you buy an entire range only to find it doesn’t suit your skin?

It’s all about finding what works specifically for your skin. So, if you discover the perfect night cream from one brand and a soothing eye cream from another, it’s okay to cherry pick your selection.

Myth 7: Your skin is dry because you’re not drinking enough water

Dry skin is really a manifestation of inflammation that’s not visible to the naked eye.

One of the best ways to counter the causes of dry and flaky skin is internally with a healthy diet and antioxidant-rich supplements. Also, aim to keep baths and showers short and avoid hot water that dries out your skin. Again, avoid over-exfoliating and use gentle cleansers applied to a sea sponge to gently clean your skin.

As you can tell, the common thread is to keep skin protected from the sun and nourished with the right products for your particular skin type.

Ditch the myths and book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the perfect regime for your skin.

 

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Prep Skin

Summer’s behind us now, but is your skin ready for the dramatic transition into fall?

Your skin is accustomed to the sunny, warm weather of summer, and now it must adapt to cooler, drier air. Fortunately, you can start prepping now to lay the foundation for a seamless transition for glowing, beautiful skin.

10 Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall

  1. Add a serum to your routine

In the summer, a lightweight moisturizer was just fine to stop your skin from drying out. With cooler weather comes drier air. It may be a little too soon to switch to a heavier moisturizer but you can start using a serum like Neocutis’ Hyalis beneath your current moisturizer. This will help shield your skin from pore-clogging creams and creates a moisture-rich barrier to protect you from the change in weather.

  1. Thicken up that moisturizer

As fall starts to close in, ditch the lighter oil-free moisturizer you’ve been using in place for a heavier moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. Consider a cream with ceramides which act like fatty acids that your skin craves more of during colder months.

  1. Protect the thin skin under your eyes

The skin around the eyes is particularly fragile, which means it doesn’t cope well with exposure to cool, dry air. The good news is you can use a moisturizing eye cream like the range of eye products from ELASTIderm to ward off wrinkles and fine lines.

Eye creams have special formulas for exceptional moisture, perfect for protecting your skin this fall.

  1. Start exfoliating now

Have you noticed your skin getting dull and rough during the colder months? This a sign that you need to exfoliate, and you can start right now.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Those dead skin cells don’t just produce a rough complexion, they also prevent your skin care products from properly penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin.

Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week as we go into the cooler months, but no more, as you don’t want to strip your skin of the moisture it richly needs right now.

  1. Lather up the lotion

Once summer’s humidity starts to disappear, your skin may be left feeling itchy and drier. That’s because there’s less moisture in the air to keep you hydrated.

One of the easiest ways to stop that itching is to hydrate your entire body, not just your face. Moisturizers like the EltaMD moisture-rich body cream contain enzymes that promote a skin barrier to retain moisture while nourishing your dry summer skin.

  1. Hold onto the sunscreen

Don’t throw away your summer sunscreen yet. Just because it’s getting darker and colder outside doesn’t mean your skin isn’t still bashed by damaging UV rays. You don’t need a separate sunscreen if your products already contain an SPF 30 or higher, though.

  1. Your skin is what you eat

Fall can be a busy time of year, making it all too easy to fall off the healthy wagon. Yet, healthy skin comes from within.

Stick to whole foods rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Opt for oily fishes like salmon and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as cauliflower, cucumbers, blueberries, and carrots.

  1. Don’t forget to prep your lips

Many people forget about their lips with their skincare routine, and that means dry, chapped lips come fall and winter. As with the rest of your body, you should exfoliate your lips and then nourish them with a lip balm at least twice a day to hydrate and protect them.

  1. Give your feet some TLC

Just because you’re putting the sandals away doesn’t mean you should forget about your feet until next summer. Keep your feet soft and smooth by remembering to exfoliate regularly and keeping them moisturized with a foot butter or moisture-rich cream.

  1. Invest in hand cream

Hands easily become cracked and dry during the colder months, with some people suffering itchy, dry chilblains, too. Start increasing the number of times you apply hand cream to your hands now for soft, supple digits all fall long.

After protecting your skin from the summer rays, don’t let all that hard work go to waste. With the above tips, you can effortlessly prep your skin for fall.

Need help getting on track? Book a treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

 

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