jeudi 14 juillet 2011

Some Tips On What Is Good For Facial Skin

Want to learn what is good for facial skin? There are a number of factors to consider. Let's start with sunshine.

In years past, people thought a tan was healthy looking. Some people still do. But, dermatologists advise people to always protect their facial areas from the sun in order to avoid wrinkles. Let the sun shine on other parts of your body, but keep everything from your neck up in the shade.

Why is sunshine bad? UV rays cause increased production and activity of the free radical molecules that are naturally present in your skin's layers.

As the radical molecules become more active, they damage cells, fibers and DNA strands. Eventually, the damage can cause wrinkling and possibly skin cancer.

The next factor to consider is nutrition. To neutralize the free radical molecules before they can do any damage, there must be antioxidant molecules present in the skin's layers. During our youth, research has shown that the skin's antioxidant content is high, but it tends to be lower with age. When fewer antioxidants are present, there will be more free radicals.

So, what is good for facial skin in terms of foods to eat? Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, various kinds of teas and salmon are excellent choices.

All of those things contain potent antioxidants that will help to prevent free radical damage and an aged appearance. Salmon, for example, contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin is one of the most potent antioxidants known to man, but you have to be careful, because many varieties of farmed salmon contain artificial astaxanthin. That's not good for you.

Artificial ingredients in skincare products are bad, too. Many companies add artificial fragrances, colors and preservatives to their skincare products.

Artificial chemicals can act like free radicals.

So, what is good for facial skin in terms of skincare products? Always opt for the most natural ingredients available. Look for things like grape seed oil, Shea butter, passion fruit extract, kelp extract and natural (not artificial) vitamin E.

Always choose the gentlest products. Any warning labels on the product about the possibility of adverse reactions should discourage you from buying the product.

If it causes allergic reactions in some people, it probably causes minor irritation and inflammation in everyone. Inflammation is one of the few things that have the ability to degrade the skin's elastic collagen fibers.

So, now you know a little bit about what is good for facial skin, but there is always more to learn.

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