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NIVEA healthy skin tips

Published: 10:37AM Wednesday March 04, 2009

NIVEA is one of the world's most trusted skincare brands. Check out their tips for healthy, beautiful skin at any age.

Daily skin care regime - cleanse & moisturise twice daily
One of the most important things you can do to care for your skin is also the most basic AND unfortunately it is one that women tend to let slide - especially after a night out with the girls. You should cleanse your skin twice a day either using your fingers or damp cotton wool pads to apply the cleanser over your face. Rinse thoroughly with water. Follow with a moisturiser that suits your skin type. Moisturisers protect the skin and hydrate it and create a great base for your make-up. When applying moisturiser don't rub your face like you're sanding a wooden bench top. Gently massage it onto your face and neck (yes don't forget your neck) in upward and outward circular motions.

Use a system of products designed to work together
You should always use a skin care system that is designed and formulated to work together as when products have similar ingredients, they give better results the more you use them. This is partly because when products are used as a system the formulas work together to effectively balance the pH level and penetrate ingredients to the layers of the skin revealing superior results.

Sun protection everyday, especially on your face
Sun protection everyday is crucial as even brief sun exposures all year round can add up to major skin damage. It is especially important for those with fair skin to be cautious of this. What many people do not realise is that the sun's ultraviolet rays pass through car windows meaning the skin is often vulnerable. While some may not think much of being sunburnt on the odd occasion, studies have shown that even this is still damaging. Even occasional exposure to strong sunlight can increase the risk of the most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma. It always pays to use a SPF15 or greater.

Drink lots of water
Everyone has heard it over and over again - drink lots of water. There is a reason for this though. Water greatly improves the appearance of your skin. Many people spend their days in a state of mild dehydration consuming far fewer liquids than they should. Water comprises approximately 60% of your body - it's basic for survival. Skin is intricately tied to the overall health of your body and therefore when your body is properly hydrated, you'll both look better and feel better. Drinking adequate amounts of water (the recommended amount is eight glasses a day) leaves you with enhanced health, increased energy, bright eyes and a radiant complexion. The water carries nutrients to every cell in your body, flushing out the nasty toxins.

Healthy diet (5+ a day)
If you want healthy and radiant skin, the age old 'you are what you eat' has never rung more true. Your skin needs to be nourished from within and the best way to do this is through a healthy diet. Fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants that help protect against cell damage caused by things such as pollution, smoking and sun. Citrus fruits, red peppers, pumpkins and carrots are great examples of foods that contain antioxidants.

Exercise regularly
Exercise, for many, conjures up images of weight loss but another part of your body benefits as well - your skin. Regular exercise plays a vital role in how young and healthy your skin looks. It reduces acne and fights the signs of ageing. Exercise increases circulation which helps deliver nutrients to skin cells fighting off potentially damaging toxins. Exercising can also help with the muscles in the face. When you exercise the body relaxes, including muscles in the face which results in crow's feet and anger expression lines softening up and prevents new ones from forming.

Restful & sufficient sleep
The best time for your skin to repair itself is during sleep. Therefore it is important to get decent nights sleep on a regular basis to allow the recovery process to take place. If you are sleep deprived your skin cannot repair itself and the ageing process will be more visible on your face. It is recommended that most people get six to eight hours sleep per night.

Rest & relaxation
It's important that you don't work yourself into an early grave. Some rest and relaxation time gives your skin a chance repair. It also relieves stress which helps keep your skin clear and healthy.

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