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Factors that influence the skin

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Michelle D’Aillard explains the impact of external and internal factors on skin.

Oh the skin ... the amazing skin. By now you should have a pretty good understanding of the basic layers and functions of the skin. These layers work side by side to create the most beautifully functioning, healthy skin that we could possibly have. However, the natural physiological behaviour of the skin is influenced by a multitude of not only external, but internal factors.

First, external factors. External factors have a tremendous impact on the physiological functioning and condition of the skin. Ultraviolet light, pollution, smoking, harsh or improper product use, changes of seasons, climate, travel and exercise all impact the ability of the skin to function at its best. In many cases, these external factors create free radicals and trigger protective responses in the skin that can result in exaggerated effects, such as increased cell turnover, dehydration, excess pigment production, clogging and acne breakouts. In some cases, it’s quite easy to avoid these external factors: don’t smoke, but do exercise, wear sunscreen, avoid harsh products and use quality appropriate skincare. However, there are some external factors that we simply cannot avoid: seasonal changes, climate, pollution and travel. In such cases, it is critical to protect the skin and prevent damage by using skincare products that hydrate the skin, contain antioxidants and humectants (ingredients that hold and lock in water); promote healthy cell turnover and specifically aim to repair cellular damage.

Internal factors can also play a major role in the health and condition of the skin. Pregnancy and hormonal change can increase skin sensitivity, cause acne breakouts and trigger pigment production. Also see other factors in our did you know section. This topic is endless, but what is of utmost importance is that you understand two very important facts. First, the healthier you are on the inside, the healthier you are on the outside; and second, 80% of the skin’s condition is the result of proper home care. The right products, the right choices and sticking to a daily skincare regimen will guarantee healthy, youthful, beautiful skin. And ARTISTRY™ will get you there ... I promise.

To learn more about ARTISTRY Skincare products, please go to www.amway.co.uk or www.amway.ie .

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