Give your skin a fresh start in 2016

If, like most people, you are eager to have new beginnings this year, start with your skin. 

Sunday January 10 2016

Remember that skin care is cumulative; the better the care you give your skin when you are younger, the better it will look as you age. This is what graceful aging is. PHOTO| FILE

Remember that skin care is cumulative; the better the care you give your skin when you are younger, the better it will look as you age. This is what graceful aging is. PHOTO| FILE 

By IRENE NJOROGE-KRISTIAN
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If, like most people, you are eager to have new beginnings this year, start with your skin.  Therefore, along with your keeping fit activities, incorporate a skin regime. Here are some tips on what to do.

Throw out old products: Smell all products on your dressing table and look at the expiry dates. Anything that smells bad belongs in the waste bin. Discard those that do not work as well they should.

Draw up a skin care budget: Include skin care in your personal grooming. Include items such as quality sunscreen and lip balm. If you are on a tight budget buy soap and moisturiser. These two are the most essential skin care items. The soap will keep you clean, while moisturiser will protect your skin and keep it soft.

Start your skin repairs early: Do not ignore the first signs of ageing as they occur. Most people will notice them from around the age of 30. As soon as the first lines and dryness appear, treat them. Remember that skin care is cumulative; the better the care you give your skin when you are younger, the better it will look as you age. This is what graceful aging is. 

Learn to manage stress: Poorly handled stress leads to overproduction of hormones such as cortisol. This causes and aggravates pimples, oiliness and acne. The best ways to manage stress are relaxation and rest.

Eat balanced diet: Give your skin a good headstart by eating oatmeal, green tea, lentils, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and water. Avoid sugar, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, fatty foods and excessive consumption of dairy products.

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