JUL 2018

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1 . F e e d y o u r f a c e . 2 . D r i n k u p . 3 . T a k e s h e l t e r . 4 . K e e p i t c l e a n . • july 2018 • [ 21 ] 1. F e e d y o u r f a c e . The skin needs to be nourished, and not just from the outside. For starters, its very structure requires protein to keep it intact, notes Christian Jurist, MD, medical director of global education for Pevonia in Daytona Beach, Florida. "Daily protein intake supports collagen, elastin and other fi bers to maintain healthy, fi rm and young-looking skin," he explains. A cup of chopped chicken breast provides 43 grams of protein; Greek yogurt off ers 23 grams per cup; and most fi sh provides more than 20 grams per 3-ounce serving. The added bonus of eating fi sh is that many varieties are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that—along with the omega-6 fats found in plant oils—contribute to healthy cell membranes and the skin's protective oil barrier, while imparting an anti- infl ammatory eff ect. Kimberly Snyder, a New York City-based nutritionist who has authored multiple books on diet and beauty, touts hemp milk for this reason. "It's one of my favorite non-dairy milks because it's rich in 'beauty fats,' including the omega-3s that help build supple, beautifully smooth skin," she notes. Other skin-loving superfoods Snyder suggests include bee pollen, which possesses antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-infl ammatory properties; acai, found in a 2017 Toxicological Research study to support wound healing; and numerous varieties of sprouts, most of which are high in antioxidants— important for bolstering the skin's ability to fend off free radicals. Because antioxidants are so vital to skin health, you should also advise clients to consume foods rich in vitamins A (carrots, swe et potatoes), C (citrus, broccoli) and E (nuts, olives), as well as lycopene (tomatoes, watermelon) and selenium (Brazil nuts, yellowfi n tuna). 2. D r i n k u p . Failure to get enough fl uids can dry out the skin and leave it more vulnerable to signs of aging. "When we're dehydrated, our organs have a harder time working effi ciently, natural detoxifi cation slows down and the skin starts looking weathered," notes Snyder. The ideal amount of water consumption varies, depending on factors including body weight and activity levels, but the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, recommends daily averages of 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men. It's also worth advising clients that certain medications can lead to dehydration, as can extreme weather and excessive sweating, smoking (a major skin-ager for many reasons!), and ingesting too much alcohol or caff eine. Above all, encourage them to be proactive with water intake, rather than wait until they feel thirsty. 3. T a k e s h e l t e r. Spending too much time in the sun is arguably the biggest lifestyle factor aff ecting skin health. "Exposure to sunlight is the primary cause of premature skin aging," says Cynthia Rivas, a medical esthetician at the offi ce of dermatologist Monica Halem, MD, in New York City. "UVA rays break down collagen, resulting in fi ne lines and wrinkles, dilating pores, and causing pigmentation such as melasma and brown spots." To limit UV exposure, the American Cancer Society re commends staying in the shade when outdoors (especially between peak hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), as well as wearing brimmed hats and wraparound sunglasses, and applying an SPF 30+ formulated to block UVA/UVB rays (Dr. Halem strongly suggests a product containing at least 9 percent zinc). 4. K e e p i t c l e a n . Another enemy to the skin is air pollution. A review of studies published in the journal Cosmetics (January 2018) noted that exposure to environmental pollutants (both indoors and outside), including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds, can cause premature skin aging, pigmentation spots and acne, as well as more chronic conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. To counter the eff ects of pollution on clients' skin, emphasize a skincare regimen that includes: an antioxidant serum and a barrier protection product in the morning; and a thorough, non-stripping cleanser and calming, moisturizing and nourishing skin recovery system before bed. "If you don't cleanse your face at night, you make it diffi cult for your skin to repair itself because it has to fi ght the pollution, bacteria and dirt you didn't wash off ," warns Rivas. © GETTY IMAGES

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