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skin to stay balanced. Exercise also helps relieve stress that can lead to acne, breakouts, and rosacea. N utrition: A healthy, balanced diet of fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants and vitamins such as Vitamins A, B, C and E is recommended. Avoid processed foods as well as foods high in carbohydrates and sugar. In addition, be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water daily to help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Lifestyle: Creating a healthier lifestyle increases your skin’s

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ability to shine. One of the most damaging habits for the skin is smoking. Besides its carcinogenic properties, smoking decreases

our skin is your natural defense against any harmful

elements in our environment. Each time we go out we are exposed to more harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun than ever before, and aerosol allergens, pollens, grasses and mold are just a few allergens that contribute to damage over years of exposure. Because of this, changes in the weather can wreak havoc on skin cells, especially during cold or dry windy days, causing longterm damage when not properly protected. Here are some simple steps to work into your daily routine that can help you protect and achieve healthy, glowing skin.

the blood supply to the skin, limiting the nutrients and oxygen the skin needs to stay healthy. This often results in giving the skin a grayish, withered look that takes away from its ability to glow. Smoking also causes the skin’s dead epidermal cells to be more “sticky” clogging pores and causing blackheads. Sun protection. It is estimated that 80% of “aging” skin is from sun damage over the years. A simple practice of using a daily facial sunscreen (yes daily!) will give you the gift of youthful skin well into your mature years. Ultraviolet light from the sun not only damages the top layer of skin making it more likely to develop skin cancer but it also degenerates the collagen and elastic tissue causing fine lines, wrinkles and eventually milia

Daily Cleanse: A most basic necessity for good skin care is to wash your face twice daily with luke-warm water and a gentle cleanser. Choosing a cleanser specific to your skin type is also important. If you have sensitive skin you should use a gentle cleanser. On the other hand if you have acne-prone or oily skin, simply choose a cleanser with an exfoliate to remove excess sebum, oil and dead skin debris that can accumulate during the day.

and granulomas which can give a bumpy, leathery, weathered look. Using sunscreen dramatically decreases your risks for this to occur. Taking time each day to work these steps into your routine will not only help you fight the harmful environmental challenges we face every day, but allow you to achieve healthy skin that can’t help but glow.

Facial M asks: Using a mask designed for your skin type in your regimen two to three times per week is one of the most important steps to flawless skin. Leaving it on for the recommended time will loosen dead skin cells, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin for added protection throughout your week. Exercise: Aerobic exercise increases the blood supply to the skin boosting the amount of oxygen and nutrients the skin needs to stay healthy. Sweating helps excrete waste products form the body as well as keeps certain hormones necessary for healthy

Michael Spicer, MD, is the Founder of Epice International. He is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist with a degree in biochemistry. Dr. Spicer has a considerable understanding and knowledge of the structure and function of the skin with several years of experience as Medical Director of Aesthetic Centers as well as through running his dermatologic practice and research on Florida’s East Coast. www.epiceinternational.com

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