What are the factors that can make you look older, or younger, than you should?

Everyone grows old, there’s no avoiding that. And everyone looks older as they grow old, there’s no avoiding that either.

However there are a number of things you can do to minimize the impact of growing old on both your skin and looks, and your overall health. And some of them impact all of these together.

What are the factors that contribute most to you growing old and looking like it?

There’s basically 3. And surprisingly, you genes isn’t one of them. Scientists have established that genetics don’t have as much impact on our looks, and on our general health, as we age. Genetics certainly do impact on specific medical conditions, but on our overall looks and health, not so much.

So what are the 3 most important factors to how well we age and hold our looks?

1. Lifestyle.

There’s no doubt that lifestyle issues are right up there. Lifestyle plays an extremely important role in both our overall health, and our looks, as we age.

And of course the 2 go hand in hand. If we’re fit and healthy then our skin looks good. If we’re in poor health, fat and unfit then our skin will reflect that. Our skin health is just a reflection of our general health, with the exception of maybe some specific skin conditions.

So, if you haven’t realized it already, you MUST stop smoking. That’s the number one lifestyle factor that is the worst for our overall health, and skin health.

You must also exercise. You don’t need to become the next olypian, but you do need to do at least some exercise each day.

2. Diet.

And you must concentrate on eating the right foods. Fruit and vegetables high in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants are all great for your skin. Pizzas, burgers and deep fried food not so much.

In fact there’s a wide range of foods that are not particularly good for your skin. You probably know what exactly what they are, because you’ve heard all about the sorts of foods you should be eating, and the sorts of foods you should be avoiding, to stay in good health.

The foods that you should be eating to stay in good health, as a general rule, are also good to your skin. And as a general rule all those nasty (yummy) foods that you shouldn’t be eating are probably not that good your skin either, just as they are not good for your general health. Because of course your general health, and your skin health, tend to go together.

Diet relates specifically to your skin, as well as your overall health. Many of the essential ingredients of fresh fruit and vegetables are extremely important for your skin, and without them your skin will show their lack.

You also need to take the best health supplements you can too. Our food just isn’t packed with all the good natural ingredients now that it used to be as a result of intensive farming practices, use of artificial fertilizers, overfarming, picking fruits and vegetables for optimum transport rather than optimum health, and much more. Modern research has produced some seriously effective health supplements, you need to take them.

3. A Good Skin Care Routine.

Even if you do all that above you aren’t doing enough to ensure OPTIMUM skin health and looks. You’re certainly way in front of the general population, but it’s not the best you can do. If you’re interested in serious skin care then you need to use the best skin care products money can buy.

That doesn’t mean the most expensive, just the best, because in the skin care industry the best isn’t the most expensive.

Product pricing doesn’t relate to how good the products are in the skin care industry, and many of the most expensive do very little.

That’s it. Simple and in a nutshell. Simple but not easy we know. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, taking up exercise after a lifetime of no exercise isn’t easy.

But if you do these things, all of them, properly, over time you will be amazed at how much better your skin looks, how much slower you appear to age and how much better you feel too.

You won’t regret making the decision to incorporate these 3 factors into your lifestyle.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

We’ve talked about dangerous skin care products. Are cosmetics safe?

In a word, no.

Unfortunately you’d expect that our cosmetics would be safe, just as you’d expect that your skin care products would be safe. But you’d be wrong – unless you buy quality – safe – skin care products.

Dangerous cosmetics sit there on the shelves of our department stores just like dangerous skin care products sit there on the shelves. Manufactured by big brand name companies like Christian Dior, Revlon, Proctor and Gamble and L’Oreal.

That’s why the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics exists. To try and put pressure on our government and our cosmetics and skin care companies to make cosmetics and skin care products that don’t contain harmful ingredients.

Companies like those we’ve listed above.

So, sadly, when you apply that mascara, or lipstick, or blush, or eye shadow, or bronzer, or blush or foundation or mask or face cream you are, if you’re using mainstream big brand name cosmetics, taking a risk with your health.

Here’s just a few examples of dangerous cosmetics:

1. In 2007 the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics commissioned tests by an independent laboratory on some of our biggest names of lipstick. These included those from Christian Dior, Revlon and L’Oreal.

The results were frightening. Over 50% (52 out of 72 tested) contained lead, including

L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red”
Christian Dior Addict “Positive Red”
Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red”

And we’re sure we don’t need to tell you why you don’t want lead sitting on your skin all day.

Finally in May 2007 the California senate voted in Senate Bill 1712 to ban lead in lipstick saying :

“In the absence of federal regulations requiring safe cosmetics, some companies are making very poor decisions about product safety.’

2. In 2002 another study of common household cosmetic and beauty products, including such common products as toothpastes and shampoos as well as cosmetics, found Phthalates in over 70% of them. Phthalates are industrial chemicals that are linked to birth defects, amongst other things.

And there’s more, but we’re sure you get the picture. Our government and the major cosmetics companies are failing to protect the health of the public by allowing dangerous cosmetics onto the cosmetic shelves of our major department stores.

What do you do about it? Buy safe cosmetics.

Our pick is Naked Cosmetics, a small niche company making safe cosmetics which makes a niche range of SAFE cosmetics.

But you won’t find Naked Cosmetics products on the shelves, you’ll have to buy direct from them, and you’ve probably  never heard of them. They don’t have the budget to compete on TV against big names like L’Oreal, but they  make high quality safe cosmetics.
So despite the fact that there are dangerous cosmetics sitting on our shelves, you do have options. You can choose not to purchase cosmetics by those big name companies. You certainly won’t find them as signatories to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics pledge.

You have the choice to support those small niche companies that manufacture safe cosmetics, and at the same time you can protect your own health by buying their products. You do have options.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

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