In a world obsessed with youth, is it any question why more and more people are looking to plastic surgery to reverse the signs of aging? There attractive people plastered all over magazines and billboards that constantly remind people of the extremely high standard of beauty that society has come to expect from everyone.
This unfortunate and unrealistic perception on what is beautiful has driven more and more people to do increasingly dangerous procedures just to keep up with the standard that they think they should meet. It is important to realize that the “ideal person” presented to us is often times already altered, and each individual has to realize their own unique look that is entirely beautiful on its own.
That being said, it also must be noted that there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve one’s self by being healthy and youthful. You can achieve this primarily by your mental outlook, but also through healthy alternatives on keeping yourself, namely your skin in good condition.
You can ask a lot of insiders in the beauty industry and they will tell you that having good skin is one of the most important things there is. Again, there are many types and forms of beauty, all of which is amazing in its own right, but skin—there is no such thing as bad skin being attractive. When you have good skin, you need less make-up, feel good about yourself, and even enjoy health benefits that come from taking good care of your skin.
Think about it, increased sun exposure may mean a great tan, but it can also accelerate the aging process of your skin. You will have more fine lines, blotchy skin tone, sun spots and dryness on your face, and it will only get worse as the years go by. Does this mean you need to be as pale as a ghost in order to have good skin? Of course not. However, you can take certain precautions that will ensure that your skin is protected from the sun’s extremely damaging ultraviolet rays, thus sparing you from beauty and health hazards that beset people all over the world.
A vitamin C serum 20 is said to be extremely helpful in keeping the damaging effects of the sun at bay. Vitamin C (20% is ideal) is known to increase collagen synthesis- collagen is a protein largely responsible for cell renewal, decrease melanin formation, facilitates repairing of scar wounds and small cuts, and drastically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When coupled with vitamin E and other helpful compounds, this serum can dramatically help in keeping one’s face youthful and the skin as healthy as possible.
Not all vitamin serums are created equal. Some are more effective than others in that they have technology that ensures the maximum absorption of the vitamins in the skin. Vitamin C specifically, is notorious for being difficult to stabilize and can turn “rotten” quickly if not handled properly. Stay away from serums that are yellowish in color and has less than 10% in vitamin C concentration.
You can apply the vitamin serum after washing your face in the morning. Massage the serum over your face in a gentle, circular motion and let it stay on for about 5 to 10 minutes for maximum absorption. You can put on a moisturizer and sunscreen after.
Putting on the right sunscreen is important. Before it was enough to have a high SPF that blocks UVB rays that is known to cause sunburn and cancer. Now studies show that while UVA rays do not cause sunburn, it can also cause cancer, which is something that we need to protect ourselves against. UVA rays are also likely to be responsible for most of the wrinkles and sun damage that our skin experiences in our lifetime.
To protect your skin against UVB rays, choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 15, higher if you have fairer skin that easily burns. Since there is no “SPF” for UVA rays, you should check the ingredients in the sunscreen that is known to block UVA effectively. These are ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide. Any of these ingredients help in protecting your skin from UVA rays, and although these ingredients can be expensive, it is worth it. If you have sensitive skin, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are recommended.