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How your skin changes from your teens to your 50s
by Cynthia Loh

The condition of our skin changes at every age, and it will require different attention and skincare to address these conditions. Find out how you can keep yourself looking in peak shape with these tips from Nu Skin.

Adolescents entering puberty experience oilier skin and more frequent breakouts. This is the time to keep your skin as clean as possible to prevent sebum build-up and clogged pores. At this age, teens may still see baby fat, but this will be shed with a sensible diet. Avoid crash diets.

The collagen and elastin keeping your skin supple begins to break down. This is the best age to target ageing at its source to prevent visible signs of ageing. Stick to a cleansing, toning and moisturising routine, and schedule in a scrub once a week.
Your body is at its peak, so keep it that way with regular exercise.

Sun-induced wrinkles are beginning to form, so use your sunblock faithfully. Increase your scrub and mask routine to twice a week and start to use a night cream.
Consider an exercise-regime that focuses on body-shaping and promotes a firmer, more toned appearance.

Your skin is beginning to get dry and dark patches appear. Introduce more hydrating products into your skincare routine and switch your scrub to a more gentle formulation. It's also the time to start treating your skin for specific problems, such as pigmentation and wrinkles.
Your body needs exercise more than ever. You may not be able to process and break down fats and protein from food as efficiently, so make sure your meals are light and healthy.

Your skin will begin to show results from the care you took when you were younger. Don't neglect your hands and neck in your skincare routine, as they will show your age.
Switch to low-impact exercises such as brisk-walking and swimming.

Follow these tips to keep your skin in good condition:
- Protect yourself from the sun - Get a good sunblock with adequate SPF, with at least SPF30 when you're outdoors to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

- Practise good skincare - The minimum you should do each day is to cleanse, tone and moisturise. Include a light day moisturiser and a richer night cream to hydrate and protect skin barrier. After that, more advanced needs are to nourish, treat, exfoliate and revitalise.

- Eat proper foods to nourish skin - Include lots of fruits and vegetables

Exercise regularly - Exercise boosts blood circulation and makes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your body more efficient.

- Rest - Adequate downtime gives your skin time to relax and rejuvenate. Stress leads to an unstable hormonal system, which in turn wreaks havoc on your bodily functions.

- Don't smoke - Tiny blood capillaries constrict when you do. This impedes the flow of oxygen throughout your body. Vitamins A and C, which help to generate the skin and promote healing, are also affected by slower blood flow.


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