We’ve all been there-too tired to wash off the day’s makeup and grime, too lazy to make a wholesome meal, too rushed floss regularly. Yet these beauty rules are not the type that can be broken. Although you might save a few minutes here or there, over the long haul, your looks-and health-will suffer. Here are six commandments you must follow:
• Wash your face every night. If you’re a morning face washer but sometimes forgo the ritual at night, that means you’re going to bed with a face full of makeup and grime you’ve picked up all day. Your poor pillow gets loaded up as well. If you have especially dry skin, which can be worsened by excess cleansing, stick to an evening-only routine, and simply splash on some water and toner in the morning. A properly cleansed face will allow your nighttime serums and creams to work more effectively.
• Don’t sunbathe. Sun damage is one of the top causes of premature aging of the skin, like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation-not to mention the health hazard of UV rays that lead to skin cancer. If you’re out in the sun, wear a hat to protect your hair (which is also damaged by excessive sun) and slather on some sunscreen. If you can’t live without a tan, follow these tips to get great results from an at-home self-tanner.
• Eat more fiber. A diet filled with wholesome fruits and vegetables not only aids in digestion and keeps you feeling fuller (so you’ll eat less and lose weight), it also ensures you’re getting foods filled with skin-saving antioxidants. Go for foods like broccoli, citrus fruits, berries and green leafy vegetables to get their benefits for your skin, hair and smile.
• Floss twice a day. Not only will you reduce the buildup of plaque that can lead to some expensive dental work, you may also prevent heart disease. One school of thought is that the bacteria in the mouth that isn’t cleared away enters the blood stream and eventually restrict the nutrients and oxygen that reach the heart. For more ideas on how to prevent gum disease, go here.
• Drink more water. Hydration is the key to beautiful, supple skin, better energy and shiny hair. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water every day will ensure that your skin looks clearer, brighter, tighter and younger. Plus, water helps wash away internal toxins.
• Cut out the sugar. Eating too much sugar can cause a breakdown of the skin’s support system that leads to a loss of firmness and elasticity. Any sugar that we eat that isn’t burned off can bind to collagen, making it stiffer and more brittle. Cutting back on refined sugar (the white stuff or sugary processed foods like packaged baked goods and ice cream) is your first step.
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