Your skin is your biggest and fastest growing organ!

Basic skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural ageing process and prevent various skin conditions.

A lifetime of sun exposure causes wrinkles and age spots, and increases the risk of skin cancer.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 15 SPF. Apply it generously and every two hours, more often if you're swimming or sweating. Seek shade, wear protective clothing and avoid the sun when its rays are strongest.

Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, which decreases blood flow. It exhausts the skin of oxygen and nutrients, and damages collagen and elastin.

This causes your skin to lose its strength and elasticity, and you appear to look older with more wrinkles. The repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking also contributes eg pursing your lips when inhaling.

Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin so limit your bathing time and use warm water rather than hot. Strong soaps and detergents also strip oil from your skin so choose mild cleansers.

Protect and lubricate your skin by applying shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. Use a clean, sharp razor and shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.

After bathing, gently pat your skin dry to enable some moisture to remain on your skin. Use a moisturiser that suits your skin type and for daily use, one with SPF.

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins. Research suggests a diet rich in Vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates may promote younger looking skin.

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems – take steps to manage your stress.

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