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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Barton

Rachelle's Glowy Skin Recipe.


Skin is fresh and dewy looking when we're young. Apart from a roughtime during adolescence, it can stay that way for several more years.


It's all about the collagen. That magical elixir that your body produces effortlessly allows your skin to rejuvenate itself frequently.


Until your mid-twenties, that is. Then, your collagen production slows down, and your skin begins to lose elasticity. .


Wait, what?!


Yep. Mid-TWENTIES.



Then,as you age a bit more, your skin's ability to rejuvenate itself is dramatically impaired and slowed down. I'm not talking silver-haired retirees here, by the way - I'm talking from about 35 onwards.


The skin becomes thinner and drier. Wrinkles begin to appear. All of this is the natural aging process. Your genetics play a role in this too. So, how to stop this descent into old-looking skin (a.k.a. natural aging)?


Your skin ages along with the rest of you. That's just the way it is.


BUT it's ok. There's more to it than that. Your environment and your lifestyle also affect the appearance of your skin. Luckily, there are things we can do.


Environment.

Living in NZ, you know about the hole in the ozone layer above us and your increased risks of skin cancer. I'm guessing you're probably pretty good at slip, slap, and slopping in the summer when you head out into the sunshine. But are you wearing sunscreen daily all year round to look after your skin? If you're not, sun damage will be happening, whether or not you feel it. Wind also dries out skin.


Even on a cloudy day in NZ, your skin will be getting damaged by the sun.


Pollution and the general grime that collects on your skin during the day clog your pores and make your skin look tired and wan. So, if you're not cleansing a couple of times a day (more if you're doing sweating exercise), that'll be taking a big toll.


And what about lifestyle?

Here are a few things that really DON'T help skin health.

  • Booze.

  • Deliberate tanning.

  • Not drinking enough water.

  • Not cleansing.

  • Not using/reapplying sunscreen.

  • Mask wearing.

  • Extensive computer use. Bluescreen is now also known to create pigmentation!

  • Not moisturising.

  • Not enough quality sleep.

  • Air con.

  • Stress.

  • Skincare products that are wrong for your skin.

  • Smoking.

  • Poor diet.

  • Lack of exercise.

If you're not looking after yourself well, you can be sure that your lifestyle will be reflected by your skin.


This is especially noticeable once you get into your 30s and beyond. If you're already in (or have been through) your 30s and 40s, you'll know that your body can start to feel like it's slowly drying out.


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