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What can I do to help keep my skin young and healthy looking?

If someone could find a magic pill for young, healthy looking skin they would become a very rich man or indeed woman.

Unfortunately, no such miracle tablet exists but there are several steps you can take to help keep your skin supple, youthful and blemish free...

Stay out of the sun
Suntanned skin may look healthy but it's essentially just burnt skin cells. We all know that the sun damages the skin causing premature aging but yet we all strip off as soon as the sun pokes out from behind the clouds. And we're supposed to be the most intelligent life form on earth.

Say no to ciggies
Smoking exposes you to huge levels of harmful oxidants which head straight for you skin cells to begin their attack leaving you with wrinkles, discolouration and a loss of elasticity. Cigarettes also adversely effect blood circulation which over time will add to the deterioration of your skin.

Eat those antioxidants
Antioxidants found in foods such as prunes, cranberries and blueberries help neutralize harmful oxidants in the body and therefore, to some extent, prevent skin aging and deterioration.

Vital vitamins
Your skin relies on vitamins and minerals for cell growth and repair, the two essential elements of healthy looking skin. Vitamin C is particularly important for firm, supple skin because of it's use by the body in the growth of collagen (one of the main building blocks of skin).

Fats you need
All parts of your body need essential fatty acids (EFA) and your skin is no different. Stock up on oily fish, nuts and seeds to keep your EFA levels up.

Sleep
It really is vital to get your beauty sleep. Your skin repairs itself during rest which is also why it's important to moisturize before you got bed. Give your body all the help it needs and it will repay you with healthy, young looking skin.

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