With so many factors that contribute to skin damage and various ways to improve on the health of your skin, it is important to know what you are up against and what can be done about it.


Free radicals

Free radicals are highly unstable molecules found in certain foods, tobacco and alcohol products, and pesticides. They can also be the result of environmental factors such as pollution and sun exposure. Free radicals can be destructive to living cells and have been linked to diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Free radicals harm skin through volume loss and dehydration, which are the main culprits behind the tissue damage that cause lines and premature aging.


Antioxidants work to combat free radicals by stabilizing them. While our bodies can produce antioxidants, the amount needed to repair the skin is insufficient and requires supplemental antioxidants, usually in the form of topical skincare. Additionally, antioxidants can also work to reduce inflammation, increase elasticity and collagen in the skin, and even diminish the effects of sun damage. There are many skincare products on the market that promise to improve the appearance of your skin, but when choosing a skincare regimen, it is a good idea to look for a line rich in antioxidants that improves the actual health of your skin while also improving the overall appearance. SkinCeuticals is one such company that provides products for this.


Lifestyle changes

In addition to a good skincare regimen, there are many lifestyle changes that can go a long way in improving the health and appearance of your skin.
  • Lessen the stress in your life. Stress can actually trigger an immune response in the body, causing it to literally manifest itself on your skin. Learning methods to reduce or control stress can have a positive effect on the health of your skin.
  • Improve your diet. It is no secret that eating healthy has many benefits. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low in unhealthy fats and over-processed foods can actually help to heal and protect your skin.
  • Wear sunscreen! Protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays is essential in reducing your skin cancer risk, as well as the appearance of spots, lines, and aging. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, particularly during peak hours. If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, it is important to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or more often if sweating or swimming.
  • Quit smoking now! Aside from the known cancer risks, smoking can have a very real effect on skin by reducing blood flow, skin’s collagen and elasticity which results in wrinkles and premature aging.
For more information on improving the health of your skin and integrated skincare with SkinCeuticals, contact NJVVC today!
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