Mistakes that age your skin

By: Health Local Staff Sep 30, 2011
Mistakes that age your skin

Avoid these skincare no-no's to keep your skin looking it's best.

If you are anything like most women, somewhere between wanting glowing young skin, with no signs of aging, and making a few mistakes in your skin care regimen has left your skin a bit lackluster and looking tired. But there is hope at any age and you can prevent further damage, sagging and retain your youthful glow.
Never Sleep With Your Makeup
Your mother was right! Do not ever sleep with your face “fully clothed.” Sleeping with makeup on your face can clog your pores, prevent sebum from moisturizing the skin and removing dead skin cells and irritants from the pores. This excess of sebum can even cause acne buildup.

No matter what your night entailed, how late you returned home or how tired you feel, you must do three things before falling head first into your pillow: along with flossing and brushing your teeth, remove your make-up and wash your face. While sleeping in your party dress won’t harm your beautiful face, not cleaning your face will.

Never Skip the Sunscreen
In our quest for tanned skin that looks radiant, while in the moment it looks beautiful, the effects of the sun do more than not removing make-up. Even if you are going to the store and back, remember to wear a good sunscreen on your face. You need it even on a gray winter morning because even 10 minutes of exposure to UVA and UVB rays will take their toll on your face.

Every year numerous studies continue to prove a correlation between exposure to harmful rays and signs premature skin aging, and of course skin cancer. These rays break down collagen, triggering destructive molecules and free radicals, which hinder the natural skin repair mechanism. Go for sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher and composition of zinc oxide, Helioplex, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone to fully safeguard your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. While thicker and a little messier, they are much healthier for your skin and will keep it looking young.

Not Knowing Your Skin Type
Many of us are still not aware of our skin types and have no idea whether it is dry, oily, normal, elastic, or hydrated. One of the basic skin care tips begins with knowing your skin type. You cannot use just anything on your skin, not knowing whether it will add excess moisture, dry it out further, cause an allergy without knowing its effects on your particular skin. It is important to know the amount of oil or sebum you are producing so you can get your hands on skin-friendly products to fight the signs of aging.

Not Exfoliating Your Skin
Nearly as important as all the above, it is prudent to remove dead cells by exfoliating your skin at least once or twice a week. Exfoliation allows nutrients from serum and creams to penetrate deeper, giving you a healthy, glowing skin and fair complexion.

Use a good facial scrub or even a natural product, such as powdered apricot kernels, as an exfoliating medium to remove the dead skin without harming it. However, remember that it is equally important not to exfoliate the skin too frequently.

Sleep Does the Body Good
A good night’s sleep does more than just allow us to dream and rest our weary bodies. Myriad studies have established a close link between healthy and attractive skin and normal sleep. Study after study attribute dark circles, saggy eyelids, and lackluster skin, which are symbols of an aging face, to lack of sleep. Even if you are a partier, and who isn’t at some point in her life, enjoy a good night’s sleep for glowing and fresh skin.

Along with sleep, water is an extremely fast, efficient and easy way to assure healthy skin. Along with being great for all your organs, aiding in digestion and regulating blood glucose levels, water hydrates otherwise dry skin. Although it is possible to drink more than you should, this is rare. 10 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day will absolutely take your skin from blah to pizzazz almost overnight! Remember that soda is not water and shouldn’t be considered a substitute for it.

By just implementing a few tools in your skincare arsenal, you can take lackluster skin and make it beautiful again.

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