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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Don’t Wait Too Long to Start Taking Care of Your Skin

Beauty

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We’ve been told to take care of our skin all our lives. For most of us, that advice goes unheeded. Until, of course, the day you discover your first wrinkle.

But it’s not too late: there are simple things you can do every day to keep your skin looking good, no matter what stage of aging or dryness or sun damage you’re in—or not yet in. It’s never too late to start pampering and protecting your skin, and the sooner you start, the better.

Here are five things you can do to keep your skin healthy: 

Block the Sun

We all love a little sunshine, but your skin needs protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Over time, UV exposure can cause wrinkles, discoloration, freckles, and age spots.

The most critical hours for sun protection are between 10am and 2pm. Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, cover your skin with clothing, wear a hat—whatever works for the activity you’re doing outdoors. We all go out, just don’t forget to protect your skin, even when it doesn’t look that sunny.

Cleanse

Wash your face twice daily, especially if you wear makeup. This removes dead, complexion-dulling cells as well as dirt and debris that has settled there over the course of the day or overnight. Find a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin.

Moisturize

Even if you have oily skin, you need a moisturizer. Find one that’s right for your skin type and your skin will thank you.

A few other ways to hang onto moisture:

  • Don’t take hot baths; use warm water instead
  • Pat yourself dry instead of rubbing
  • Moisturize as soon as you step out of the shower for better absorption

Eat Right

Those basics that give you a healthy body (fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins) definitely apply to your largest organ. Greens and omegas are especially loaded with antioxidants, which add radiance and diminish blemishes.

Pretty much anything in the superfood category will protect your skin against free radicals and sun damage, as well as help with healthy cell turnover.

Rest Up

Your body rejuvenates during sleep, and skin cells are among the most rapidly rejuvenating cells in the body. If you’re not getting enough rest, there’s no way your skin can look its best.

Skin cells not turning over quickly enough can leave your skin looking as dull as you feel when you’re craving sleep.

The skin you have is all you’ll get, but that doesn’t have to mean it’s as good as it can get. Take care of it and your skin will look its best at every age. Even if you don’t notice immediate results, daily healthy skin habits will make a big difference over time.


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