All Skin Is Good Skin Part 2
The complexion is the only part of your body over which your genes don't have the final say. Because your skin is constantly regenerating, its capacity to change is enormous. For example using the correct skin care routine can make a dry skin appear smooth and supple, while an exfoliating facial can give a swallow complexion a new lease on life.
Whats bad for your skin:
- The biggest enemy of any skin type is the sun. Without the protection of a sunscreen, the sun will age your complexion and possibly cause skin cancers.
- Remember that the sun's damaging effects are cumulative and that the skin rarely forgives or forgets abuse. When the dermis's collagen tissues are damaged by overexposure to the sun they literally fragment. This causes the stretching and sagging that result in those dreaded wrinkles.
- Not drinking enough fluids will lead to an internal lack of moisture and encourage ageing.
- Exposure to environment factors like hot and cold winds, heaters, fires, air conditioning and high altitudes can dry and aggravate the skin.
- An inadequate diet can robe your skin of the vital nutrients essential for its health and appearance.
- Fatigue slows your circulation down. Your whole system will become sluggish and this will be reflected in your skin's appearance.
- Ordinary bath soaps are too alkaline and drying for the delicate facial skin.
- Astringents remove to much oil and moisture form any complexion.
- Squeezing blemishes can spread infection and lead to scaring.
- Steaming your face over a bowel of hot water, exposing your skin to extremes of hot and cold water and taking frequent long saunas can irritate any skin type and encourage the formation of broken capillaries.
- Bad habits like squinting or frowning can create unnecessary lines.
- Continually sleeping on your face or leaning your face on your hands encourages extra wrinkles, just as sleeping on a pillow that is too high stretches your neck and can lead to a prematurely lined throat.
- Smoking can dry your skin an encourage fine lines to form around your mouth.
- Alcohol, tea and coffee in excess all have a diuretic effect which dehydrates and disturbs all your body's organs.
- Sudden weight loss does not give the skin enough time to adjust so that it often sags.