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Women want to look their best no matter their age. The secret to a fresh and youthful look lies in our skin: take care of it and you are good to go. Good skin care is essential as it helps delay the natural ageing process and prevents various skin problems hence it is vital to develop healthy habits for your skin. This Mother’s Day, we give you tips to help keep your skin looking great at any age.

Wash and cleanse your face regularly. Get into the habit of washing your face at least twice a day – morning and evening. Never sleep with makeup on, as this leads to a build up of bacteria and breakouts. Even when you are not able to wash your face, clean off the makeup using facial wipes. Also, cleanse your skin habitually using a suitable facial scrub to help get rid of any spots and blemishes. After cleansing, apply an anti-ageing cream such as organic Argan oil.

Invest in a good moisturiser. Your skin gets drier, thinner and more sensitive over time. A good moisturiser is therefore a must have for the skin. In order to keep the skin well moisturised, it is important to choose daily moisturising skin care products that balance the level of water within the skin. Sometimes you will notice that the products you used in your 20s are not as effective now that you are in your 30s and so forth. Consider using Vaseline petroleum jelly as it has been used for decades as an inexpensive moisturiser, which works by sealing in moisture.

Protect your skin from the sun. Protecting your skin from sun damage is important as a lot of the skin changes attributed to ageing are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. Invest in a good sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and apply it 10 minutes before leaving the house. Also strive to limit your exposure to the sun especially between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is at its peak, by wearing long-sleeved tops and a hat to protect your skin from sun damage.

Ditch that cigarette. Cigarette smoking is not only harmful to your lungs, but also to your skin as it makes you look older and contributes to wrinkles. In addition, smoking decreases blood flow in your body by blocking the blood vessels, which depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Protect your skin by saying no to cigarette smoking.

Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet can help you look your best. Ensure your diet is made of plenty of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Research shows that consuming processed foods or unrefined carbohydrates can age your skin, therefore, eliminate these from your diet. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from drying out and resulting to spots and breakouts. Doctors recommend at least eight glasses of water daily.

Keep stress at bay. Your skin will always show what is going on inside you. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage your stress levels as stress can make your skin more prone to acne breakouts and other skin problems. Learn to set limits and even take time off to rest and relax as this helps to rejuvenate your skin. Try and get enough sleep daily – at least eight hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep will make you feel tired throughout the day and will also give you bags under your eyes which won’t make it a healthy looking skin.

May 2016