Protecting your skin from everyday damage

Skin Analysis
3 Oct 2014

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Every day your skin is subjected to damage and distress, from environmental factors such as pollution to lifestyle factors such as diet and stress. We take a deeper look at the main issues and what you can do to tackle them.

Pollution in the air such as car fumes, cigarette smoke and grime all take its toll on skin in a massive way, contributing to skin ageing, dehydration, inflammation, irritation and sensitivity. This is caused by a combination of a build-up of dirt and bacteria and the creation of free radicals in the body, which affects collagen production.

To combat the effects of pollution, make sure you cleanse your skin thoroughly twice a day to remove the build-up of dirt. Look for a cleanser that contains antioxidants such as the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Botanical Cleansing Lotion, as this will help to fight free radical damage.

Eating a diet rich in antioxidants will also help you to protect your skin (and your health) by fighting free radicals from within, so choose foods such as tomatoes, leafy greens, bell peppers and carrots to keep you fighting fit.

Diet is a big contributor to your skin?s health and the food you eat has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. The biggest culprits of a dull complexion include refined sugar, processed foods and salt, so swap your sweet stuff, takeaways and ready meals for fresh, whole foods for a radiant, healthy complexion.

Stress is sometimes an inevitable part of life and it can take its toll on your skin, causing it to become reactive, sensitive and dull. Try to reduce the amount of daily stress in your life by letting go of the small stuff and taking time out for yourself each day, perhaps by meditating, deep breathing or simply sitting quietly for 10-15 minutes to wind down.

Poor skincare choices can have the opposite effect to what you are trying to achieve with your skin, so make sure your efforts aren?t going to waste. Choose skincare products that are kind to your skin ? you should never experience redness, stinging or sensitivity after using a product. All Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic products are natural and don?t contain harsh preservatives, to ensure that they are gentle on the skin.

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