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Unless you have some premium genetic gifts working in your favor, (and if you do, I hate, I mean, congratulate you) you’ll need to work to keep your skin looking good as you get older.

To help you stay on the path to skin righteousness, check out the worst things you can do for your skin. Stear clear and you’re on your way to complexion heaven. Commit these sins and, well, you know where you’re headed.

So now, repeat after me. “Thou shalt not” …


“If you wont quit for your heart and lungs, quit for the sake of vanity,” says David Bank, M.D. author of “Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age.” When you smoke, you diminish the skin’s ability to get the oxygen it needs. Without optimal oxygen, skin cells can’t renew themselves. “It accelerates the wrinkling process by damaging the skin and impeding the repair of your skin,” adds Bank. So in addition to the obvious vertical lines and wrinkles around the mouth, your skin overall will look lackluster and dull.

Use a tanning bed

“Don’t do tanning beds, period, end of discussion,” says Audrey Kunin, M.D., founder of DERMADoctor, explaining that every young melanoma patient she treats has used tanning beds. Ten minutes in a tanning bed is equal to getting a full day of unprotected sun exposure — yikes! So instead of baking on your color, Kunin recommends “applying color” by way of self-tanner or bronzer. Our readers love Jergens Natural Glow Express, $7.49 and Banana Boat Summer Color Sunless Tanning Lotion, $7.69. Need help perfecting the application process? Check out this how-to video.

Get unprotected sun exposure

“Incidental sun exposure (the little bits of sun we get) while walking, driving, etc., build up over the years,” says Bank. He recommends applying SPF 15 daily. If you plan on getting more sun exposure, wear SPF 30 and reapply every two hours. See the sunscreens readers love and hate here. “And don’t be fooled into thinking that your clothing acts as sun protection,” says Kunin, adding that our clothes only provide an SPF 4. Protecting your skin from the sun daily will help prevent premature aging (think brown spots and fine lines) and skin cancer. One other bit of wisdom: “protect your eyes with real UVA and UVB sunglasses,” says Kunin. “The sun can cause cataracts, blindness and even melanoma.”

Thou shalt not: wear makeup to bed

“At night is when all of your skin rejuvenation happens,” says Lorencin. If you wear makeup to bed your skin can’t get the oxygen it needs. When skin is suffocated, “your natural collagen building process is compromised,” she says. Kunin adds, “it will also clog pores and act as food for bacteria,” which can cause breakouts and make pores more visible. In addition, if you don’t wash your face at night, you’re not doing anything to fight aging, combat pimples or treat other skin issues since you’re not exfoliating or adding beneficial spot treatments or moisturizers.

Thou shalt not: avoid the dermatologist

Getting a complete skin exam once a year is essential to your overall health because it can help prevent serious issues, like skin cancer. “There are so many spots that are hidden,” says Kunin, explaining why getting your moles checked by a doctor is so important. “A large number of abnormal things can be picked up instantly,” she says. If you do see a suspicious-looking spot or mole, don’t wait until your yearly exam, see a doctor sooner to make sure you’re in the clear.

Thou shalt not: stress

“When your body is stressed, it pours out a stress hormone called cortisol,” says Bank. This causes a multitude of things. “It robs the skin of its blood supply and can elevate blood sugar, which can cause cells to function abnormally,” says Bank. It can also affect acne oil glands. So bottom line, when you stress out your skin may be more prone to breakouts and is likely to look dull and sallow. Bank recommends finding a stress-reducing activity that works for you. Whether you choose deep breathing, yoga, walking, “even 15 minutes can make a difference,” says Bank.

Thou shalt not: skip sleep

“There is no way you can look great if you are sleep deprived,” says Lorencin. And though Bank admits, “we don’t fully understand sleep and the complex biochemical things that go on during it,” he adds that whatever is going on is critical. When your body is fighting to say awake “muscle tone relaxes so you look saggy, blood pressure drops which robs skin of color and you’re prone to puffiness due to poor circulation,” he says. Yet more reasons to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night.;_ylt=AqHJVJYvaxsCx_iXm1eeozdrbqU5

The cosmetics industry is flooded with millions of products that promise to give you a healthy and radiant complexion. But you only need to stop and think. Your skin might be paying the price of your indulgences such as sun bathing, stress, intake of an unhealthy diet and inadequate sleep that account for the development of multiple skin woes and can accelerate the process of ageing. One of the best ways to get beautiful skin is by taking care of your body inside out and aim towards achieving the overall wellness of the mind and body instead of using an array of cosmetics to camouflage your imperfections.

Natural Remedies for getting a flawless complexion:
In order to get a radiant glow, you must make a few lifestyle changes. Increase your daily supply of the vital nutrients and go high on water. Try exercising on a regular basis and give up all unhealthy habits.

Say no to smoking: Nicotine lends to skin irritation and weakens collagen. It also results in the loss of the natural protective barrier safeguarding the skin against the harmful action of free radicals resulting in premature ageing and the formation of prominent lines and wrinkles.

Avoid alcohol: This dehydrates the body and results in excessive dryness of the skin. It also slows down the release of toxins from the body, making your eyes and face look puffy.

Combat stress: Stress results in dark circles, acne and impairs the skin’s immunity against free radical damage making you look far older than your actual age.

Relax: It is essential for you to take out time for relaxation and recreation on a daily basis. You can pamper yourself by taking a warm bath just before hitting the bed or try listening to some soothing music or meditate. Just about anything that brings you to closer to the self helps relax the mind and combats stress.

Regular exercise: This helps release endorphins in the body that safeguard the body against stress and stimulate feelings of pleasure and happiness. Walking, yoga, aerobics, fitness ball, jogging and swimming are some of the best forms of exercise.

Garlic: This is a wonderful natural remedy for keeping your skin looking youthful and supple. It is a rich source of antioxidants and provides ample nourishment to the skin. Eating 2-3 raw garlic cloves on a daily basis helps maintain skin elasticity and prevents the onslaught of wrinkles.

Aromatherapy: This helps relax the mind and combats stress effectively. The essential oils of lavender and tea tree can be used in warm baths, candles or diffusers to alleviate strain and induce calmness.

Basil or tulsi is one of the best natural remedies for combating acne. You can take a few fresh tulsi leaves and grind them into a paste. Apply this along with sandalwood powder on your face for treating blemishes and acne. Rinse with warm water after half an hour.

September 2020


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