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“I tie a plastic ice pack around my face and commence with the morning’s stretching exercises. Afterwards I stand in front of a chrome and acrylic Washmobile bathroom sink – with soap dish, cup holder, and railings that serve as towel bars, which I bought at Hastings Tile to use while the marble sinks I ordered from Finland are being sanded – and stare at my reflection with the ice pack still on. I pour some Plax antiplaque formula into a stainless-steel tumbler and swish it around my mouth for thirty seconds.
“Then I squeeze Rembrandt onto a faux- tortoiseshell toothbrush and start brushing my teeth (too hung over to floss properly – but maybe I flossed before bed last night?) and rinse with Listerine. Then I inspect my hands and use a nailbrush. I take the ice-pack mask off and use a deep-pore cleanser lotion, then an herb-mint facial masque which I leave on for ten minutes while I check my toenails. Then I use the Probright tooth polisher and next the Interplak tooth polisher (this in addition to the toothbrush) which has a speed of 4200 rpm and reverses direction forty-six times per second; the larger tufts clean between teeth and massage the gums while the short ones scrub the tooth surfaces. I rinse again, with Cepacol. I wash the facial massage off with a spearmint face scrub.
“The shower has a universal all-directional shower head that adjusts within a thirty-inch vertical range. It’s made from Australian gold-black brass and covered with a white enamel finish. In the shower I use first a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey-almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Vidal Sassoon shampoo is especially good at getting rid of the coating of dried perspiration, salts, oils, airborne pollutants and dirt that can weigh down hair and flatten it to the scalp which can make you look older. The conditioner is also good – silicone technology permits conditioning benefits without weighing down the hair which can also make you look older.
“On weekends or before a date I prefer to use the Greune Natural Revitalizing Shampoo, the conditioner and the Nutrient Complex. These are formulas that contain D-panthenol, a vitamin-B-complex factor; polysorbate 80, a cleansing agent for the scalp; and natural herbs. Over the weekend I plan to go to Bloomingdale’s or Bergdorf’s and on Evelyn’s advice pick up a Foltene European Supplement and Shampoo for thinning hair which contains complex carbohydrates that penetrate the hair shafts for improved strength and shine. Also the Vivagen Hair Enrichment Treatment, a new Redken product that prevents mineral deposits and prolongs the life cycle of hair. Luis Carruthers recommended the Aramis Nutriplexx system, a nutrient complex that helps increase circulation.
“Once out of the shower and toweled dry I put the Ralph Lauren boxers back on and before applying the Mousse A Raiser, a shaving cream by Pour Hommes, I press a hot towel against my face for two minutes to soften abrasive beard hair. Then I always slather on a moisturizer (to my taste, Clinique) and let it soak in for a minute. You can rinse it off or keep it on and apply a shaving cream over it – preferably with a brush, which softens the beard as it lifts the whiskers – which I’ve found makes removing the hair easier. It also helps prevent water from evaporating and reduces friction between your skin and the blade. Always wet the razor with warm water before shaving and shave in the direction the beard grows, pressing gently on the skin. Leave the sideburns and chin for last, since these whiskers are tougher and need more time to soften. Rinse the razor and shake off any excess water before starting. Afterwards splash cool water on the face to remove any trace of lather. You should use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol. Never use cologne on your face, since the high alcohol content dries your face out and makes you look older. One should use an alcohol-free antibacterial toner with a water-moistened cotton ball to normalize the skin.
“Applying a moisturizer is the final step. Splash on water before applying an emollient lotion to soften the skin and seal in the moisture. Next apply Gel Appaisant, also made by Pour Hommes, which is an excellent, soothing skin lotion. If the face seems dry and flaky – which makes it look dull and older – use a clarifying lotion that removes flakes and uncovers fine skin (it can also make your tan look darker). Then apply an anti-aging eye balm (Baume Des Yeux) followed by a final moisturizing “protective” lotion. A scalp-programming lotion is used after I towel my hair dry. I also lightly blow-dry the hair to give it body and control (but without stickiness) and then add more of the lotion, shaping it with a Kent natural- bristle brush, and finally slick it back with a wide-tooth comb.

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11 Healthy Skin Habits to Establish in Your 20s

11 Healthy Skin Habits to Establish in Your 20s SHARE: Forget the facelift! Protect your skin from aging, wrinkles, and other types of damagebefore they happenby adding these steps to your skincare routine By Brooke Blue, Shape Skincare Habits to Start in Your 20s From not washing your face before bed to believing SPF 8 is actually effective, we’re all guilty of some obvious skincare mistakes, especially in our younger years. However, just because you’re still wrinkle-free in your twenties doesn’t mean you should ignore your skin, says Mona Gohara, M.D., a medical dermatologist in Danbury, CT. “The key to healthy, younger-looking skin is to establish good habits early in life that’ll prevent you from having to deal with issues later on.” So from skipping certain cleansers to finally booking that facial, these 10 habits will set you up for younger skin for years to come. And the best news? They’re all super easy to add to your routine. (Not in your twenties? We have Your Guide to Good Skin at Any Age, According to Dermatologists.) [post_ads_2] Simplify Is your medicine cabinet filled with 25 half-used bottles of lotions, soaps, and serums? That’s a sign to rethink your skincare regimen, Gohara says. Trying out a bunch of different products can be damaging to your skin, especially if you’re experimenting with different fragrances, ingredients, and chemicals. It also can take up to six weeks to visibly see a skin benefit from a product. “I often see young women switch products before they really give them a chance to start working,” says Lauren Ploch, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New Orleans, LA. So stick to a few good products, and let them do their thing. Cleanse Correctly There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to choosing a facewash: gentle, pH-neutral, non-soap, cleanser. Gohara recommends Dove’s Beauty Bar (amazon.com), which cleanses your face without stripping your skin of your natural oils. (You know that “squeaky clean” feeling? You don’t want that, since it signals those good-for-you oils have been washed away.) When you wash your face, rub using a circular motion, which helps stimulate blood flow for a healthy glow, Gohara says. (Just make sure to avoid The 10 Most Common Face Washing Mistakes.) [post_ads_2] Use a Mild Exfoliant “We shed about 50 million skin cells each day, so it’s important to slough them away by exfoliating,” says Gohara. But the keyword here is mildderms don’t recommend abrasive scrubs with rough granules (they could lead to everything from discoloration to scarring). Instead, reach for glycolic pads (target.com), an inexpensive product found in drugstores. “These clean out pores and other impurities on the skin without being overly harsh,” Gohara says. Plus, the individual size eliminates the risk of over-exfoliating. There’s no need to use them every day, but a couple of times per week is good. Moisturize “It’s a myth that people who have ‘greasy’ skin don’t need to moisturize,” Gohara says. If you tend toward oily skin, skip a heavy, cream-based product and choose a light lotion or serum instead. If you have normal or dry skin, go with a facial oil or cream. Ploch suggests using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and/or niacinamide to incorporate some important anti-aging ingredients into your routine. [post_ads_2] Cover Up We’re not the first to tell you, but sun and skin don’t mix. “Ninety percent of signs of aging come from chronic unprotected sun exposure,” Gohara says. And melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has risen 800 percent in the past 40 years among women aged 18 to 39, which can largely be attributed to more frequent tanning, she adds. Choose a moisturizer with SPF of at least 30. However, sunscreen isn’t only necessary when you’re at the beachwear it while driving around town, going to work, or running in the park, Gohara says. She recommends La Roche Posay’s Anthelios AOX Sunscreen ($42.50; laroche-posay.us) or, if it feels too oily to wear a cream-based screen, try a powder, like one from Colorscience (colorscience.com). Ploch likes Neutrogena’s Sensitive Skin version (neutrogena.com). (See more SPF and Sun Protection Myths to Stop Believing.) Stop Picking Once you pop, it’s hard to stop. “Popping pimples is a pretty bad habit,” Ploch explains. “It can result in serious scarring, ranging from red marks to dark marks to permanent divots.” And it’s not just scars you need to worry aboutpopping pimples can cause epidermal inclusion cysts, which are raised, round lumps on the skin that may have to be removed surgically. For large, painful bumps, ask your derm about a very low-strength steroid injection into the acne lesion, which can help the pimple disappear within a day or two, Ploch says. [post_ads_2] Consider Retinols Retinol, a form of vitamin A found in many cosmetic products, is usually considered an anti-aging measure for older skin, since it stokes collagen production and reduces its breakdown. But it’s important to start using retinols in your twenties, Ploch says. The reason: the ingredient can also improve skin color and texture and even help reverse signs of sun damage. You can find several over-the-counter retinolswe like Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair ($85; dermalogica.com)—or ask your doc about retinoids, which are a stronger version only available by prescription. Book Frequent Facials These spa-like experiences may seem like an extravagance to add to your skincare arsenal, but they’re actually worthwhile, Gohara says. She recommends that women start getting facials at a young ageas early as age 13. Be sure to visit a good, reputable providerlike a derm’s office (where they’re also cheaper than fancier spas or salonsscore!). Gohara suggests scheduling one every two to three months to keep your skin glowing and healthy. (But if you can’t make it to the derm’s office, DIY it! Try one of The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.) [post_ads_2] Catch More ZZZ’s There’s more to good skin that what you put on itwhat’s going on inside your body plays an equally important role. Research has shown that sleep deprivation is linked to increased signs of aging, as well as a reduced ability of skin to recover after sun damage. “Maximizing sleep, fitting in exercise, and reducing stress are all essential steps to healthy skin,” Gohara says. We know it’s easier said than done, but since stress increases cortisol, a hormone held responsible for acne-prone skin and pimples, try to minimize stress in your life where possible. Eat Whole Foods Your skin is an organthe largest in your body, in factso you want to treat it like you would your heart or brain, Gohara says. Omega-3s in particular have been shown to decrease inflammatory chemicals that age the skin and heart. Focus on foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as nuts, plant oils (think flaxseed and hemp), and cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and halibut, and minimize processed foods. Finally, wine-lovers will be glad to hear that while drinking too much alcohol regularly can lead to a sallow complexion, a glass of antioxidant-rich red wine every now and then may actually be good for your skin, Ploch says. (They can also make you live longer! Check out 10 Healthy Foods That Further Your Life Expectancy.) See more at: Shape

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11 Healthy Skin Habits to Establish in Your 20s

Forget the facelift! Protect your skin from aging, wrinkles, and other types of damagebefore they happenby adding these steps to your skincare routine
By Brooke Blue, Shape
Skincare Habits to Start in Your 20s From not washing your face before bed to believing SPF 8 is actually effective, we’re all guilty of some obvious skincare mistakes, especially in our younger years. However, just because you’re still wrinkle-free in your twenties doesn’t mean you should ignore your skin, says Mona Gohara, M.D., a medical dermatologist in Danbury, CT. “The key to healthy, younger-looking skin is to establish good habits early in life that’ll prevent you from having to deal with issues later on.” So from skipping certain cleansers to finally booking that facial, these 10 habits will set you up for younger skin for years to come. And the best news? They’re all super easy to add to your routine. (Not in your twenties? We have Your Guide to Good Skin at Any Age, According to Dermatologists.)
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Simplify Is your medicine cabinet filled with 25 half-used bottles of lotions, soaps, and serums? That’s a sign to rethink your skincare regimen, Gohara says. Trying out a bunch of different products can be damaging to your skin, especially if you’re experimenting with different fragrances, ingredients, and chemicals. It also can take up to six weeks to visibly see a skin benefit from a product. “I often see young women switch products before they really give them a chance to start working,” says Lauren Ploch, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New Orleans, LA. So stick to a few good products, and let them do their thing.
Cleanse Correctly There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to choosing a facewash: gentle, pH-neutral, non-soap, cleanser. Gohara recommends Dove’s Beauty Bar (amazon.com), which cleanses your face without stripping your skin of your natural oils. (You know that “squeaky clean” feeling? You don’t want that, since it signals those good-for-you oils have been washed away.) When you wash your face, rub using a circular motion, which helps stimulate blood flow for a healthy glow, Gohara says. (Just make sure to avoid The 10 Most Common Face Washing Mistakes.)
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Use a Mild Exfoliant “We shed about 50 million skin cells each day, so it’s important to slough them away by exfoliating,” says Gohara. But the keyword here is mildderms don’t recommend abrasive scrubs with rough granules (they could lead to everything from discoloration to scarring). Instead, reach for glycolic pads (target.com), an inexpensive product found in drugstores. “These clean out pores and other impurities on the skin without being overly harsh,” Gohara says. Plus, the individual size eliminates the risk of over-exfoliating. There’s no need to use them every day, but a couple of times per week is good.
Moisturize “It’s a myth that people who have ‘greasy’ skin don’t need to moisturize,” Gohara says. If you tend toward oily skin, skip a heavy, cream-based product and choose a light lotion or serum instead. If you have normal or dry skin, go with a facial oil or cream. Ploch suggests using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and/or niacinamide to incorporate some important anti-aging ingredients into your routine.
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Cover Up We’re not the first to tell you, but sun and skin don’t mix. “Ninety percent of signs of aging come from chronic unprotected sun exposure,” Gohara says. And melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has risen 800 percent in the past 40 years among women aged 18 to 39, which can largely be attributed to more frequent tanning, she adds. Choose a moisturizer with SPF of at least 30. However, sunscreen isn’t only necessary when you’re at the beachwear it while driving around town, going to work, or running in the park, Gohara says. She recommends La Roche Posay’s Anthelios AOX Sunscreen ($42.50; laroche-posay.us) or, if it feels too oily to wear a cream-based screen, try a powder, like one from Colorscience (colorscience.com). Ploch likes Neutrogena’s Sensitive Skin version (neutrogena.com). (See more SPF and Sun Protection Myths to Stop Believing.)
Stop Picking Once you pop, it’s hard to stop. “Popping pimples is a pretty bad habit,” Ploch explains. “It can result in serious scarring, ranging from red marks to dark marks to permanent divots.” And it’s not just scars you need to worry aboutpopping pimples can cause epidermal inclusion cysts, which are raised, round lumps on the skin that may have to be removed surgically. For large, painful bumps, ask your derm about a very low-strength steroid injection into the acne lesion, which can help the pimple disappear within a day or two, Ploch says.
[post_ads_2]
Consider Retinols Retinol, a form of vitamin A found in many cosmetic products, is usually considered an anti-aging measure for older skin, since it stokes collagen production and reduces its breakdown. But it’s important to start using retinols in your twenties, Ploch says. The reason: the ingredient can also improve skin color and texture and even help reverse signs of sun damage. You can find several over-the-counter retinolswe like Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair ($85; dermalogica.com)—or ask your doc about retinoids, which are a stronger version only available by prescription.
Book Frequent Facials These spa-like experiences may seem like an extravagance to add to your skincare arsenal, but they’re actually worthwhile, Gohara says. She recommends that women start getting facials at a young ageas early as age 13. Be sure to visit a good, reputable providerlike a derm’s office (where they’re also cheaper than fancier spas or salonsscore!). Gohara suggests scheduling one every two to three months to keep your skin glowing and healthy. (But if you can’t make it to the derm’s office, DIY it! Try one of The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.)
[post_ads_2]
Catch More ZZZ’s There’s more to good skin that what you put on itwhat’s going on inside your body plays an equally important role. Research has shown that sleep deprivation is linked to increased signs of aging, as well as a reduced ability of skin to recover after sun damage. “Maximizing sleep, fitting in exercise, and reducing stress are all essential steps to healthy skin,” Gohara says. We know it’s easier said than done, but since stress increases cortisol, a hormone held responsible for acne-prone skin and pimples, try to minimize stress in your life where possible.
Eat Whole Foods Your skin is an organthe largest in your body, in factso you want to treat it like you would your heart or brain, Gohara says. Omega-3s in particular have been shown to decrease inflammatory chemicals that age the skin and heart. Focus on foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as nuts, plant oils (think flaxseed and hemp), and cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and halibut, and minimize processed foods. Finally, wine-lovers will be glad to hear that while drinking too much alcohol regularly can lead to a sallow complexion, a glass of antioxidant-rich red wine every now and then may actually be good for your skin, Ploch says. (They can also make you live longer! Check out 10 Healthy Foods That Further Your Life Expectancy.)
See more at: Shape

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The Best Skin Care Treatment Products To Look Years Younger | Natural Health

Posted on July 23, 2018 7:42 pm The Best Skin Care Treatment Products To Look Years Younger
If youre overwhelmed by the seemingly unlimited array of lotions and potions out thereand the included wrinkle that your finest options change as you ageyouve concerned the right location. With suggestions from leading skin doctors, weve developed a core routine for each decade, so you can delight in skin tone excellence (and a structured routine) your entire life long. In Your 20sNow is the time to develop great routines to maintain your vibrant glow, says Jennifer Linder, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. The one ensured to shore up your chances of gorgeous skin in the decades to come? You guessed it: applying sun block consistently. You might be noticing dryness for the very first time, so a moisturizer is vital. If youre one of the many 20-something ladies who suffer from acne, you may see that its moved from the forehead and midface to the jawline, which suggests its hormonal agent associated. The breakout treatments youve been utilizing might now be too aggressive; its time to change to a less drying routine. Your Face Essential CleanserIts finest to clean your face twice a day, but if you can manage just once, do it in the evening: Never ever oversleep your makeup, states Linder. Does your skin feel squeaky-clean after cleansing? Then youre stripping it of needed natural oils, and it will eventually feel dry, tight, and itchy. Utilize a nonstop face wash. For oily complexions, one with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is a great option. For combination or dry skin, attempt a velvety cleanser. MoisturizerLook for one with broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) security and SPF 30. Linder recommends a moisturizer with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. To guarantee that you remember to use it, keep the bottle near your tooth paste; use all of it over your face, neck, décolleté, andwhenever theyre exposedthe tops of your ears. Nighttime TreatmentPeptides (strings of amino acids) may have a role in preventing fine lines and wrinkles, so attempt a peptide serum with hydrating active ingredients like hyaluronic acid. If you have acne or are currently seeing indications of sun damage like sunspots (hyperpigmentation), use a prescription retinoid cream or cream or an item including retinol, the over-the-counter version.​ In Your 30sIf you have actually been diligent with sunscreen, you probably havent seen a transformation in your skin since your 20s. However this is the years when your skin may begin to look dull because of slower cell turnover, so routine exfoliation ought to be your top concern, says Ellen Marmur, MD, associate medical teacher of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Sun worshipers will see an increase in fine lines and damage like dark areas and loss of elasticityhowever its never far too late to get with the (sun defense) program. This is likewise the years when you may begin to notice crows- feet, dark circles, and sagging of the lower eyelids, states Doris J. Day, MD, scientific associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Your Face Fundamentals CleanserYou wish to continue to protect your skins natural barrier, so utilize a gentle face wash in the morning and evening, states Marmur. To make dull skin more luminescent, attempt a cleanser with hydroxy acids, which increase cell renewal; you can also utilize a moderate scrub several times a week or a cleaning brush. Serum and MoisturizerKeep it up with the broad-spectrum SPF 30 hydrator; for an extra boost of defense from ecological aggressors like contamination and UVA/UVB rays, layer a vitamin C serum underneath. (It can likewise assist with hyperpigmentation, states Linder.) Look for one including a minimum of 15 to 20 percent L-ascorbic acids, the most reliable form of the vitamin. Facial oil is a good way to hydrate and include back your glow, says Marmur. It has some light-reflective qualities and drenches the skin, plumping it and briefly decreasing great lines. Just always remember to add sun block. Evening TreatmentYour focus ought to be on fixing the thin skin around the eye area. Select an undereye cream with niacinamide (anti-redness), caffeine (anti-inflammatory), or retinol (collagen buildings), states Day. For the rest of your face, a prescription retinoid or retinol night cream is your best option for avoiding wrinkles.​ In Your 40sIn these years, dark-skinned ladies are typically simply starting to see great lines, wrinkles, and other age-related problems like loss of volume, states Brooke Jackson, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In fair-skinned ladies, sun damage continues to show up as splotchiness and hyperpigmentation. And lots of 40-somethings contend with hormone-related issues such as acne and premenopausal dryness. Your Face Fundamentals CleanserUse a milky or creamy cleanser early morning and night. As long as its gentle, any cleanser is fine, although if youre pestered by occasional pimples, try a face wash with salicylic acid. Serum and MoisturizerTo fix and safeguard, search for a serum abundant in anti-oxidants, like vitamin C or E, or skin growth elements to assist stimulate collagen production, states Jackson. (If youve ended up being especially concerned about your eye area, give your eye cream an extra increase with a specific serum containing the very same ingredients.) Over that, layer a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 moisturizer. Nighttime TreatmentIts worth it to invest a bit more on your bedtime program, says Jackson. Routine use of a prescription retinoid resembles making a deposit in your 401(k): Retinoids increase reserves of collagen and elastin, preventing future sagging. Not only are they antiaging, they also lower acne, a reward for women still suffering through breakouts. In Your 50sIts true at every age, however especially crucial now: Being stunning comes from rejoicing and taking great care of yourself. So if you have not made that your main objective, do it today, states Cheryl Karcher, MD, associate scientific professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. In your 50s, you actually value the benefits of having made sensible lifestyle options, which are more important than genes in affecting the rate at which you age, states Darrick Antell, MD, assistant clinical teacher of surgical treatment at Columbia University. In his research studies of twins, he found that not smoking cigarettes, avoiding excess sun exposure, and handling stress can have a significant impact. You might be noticing a thinner skin and drooping. Bone loss around the jaw can result in jowls; weight loss can produce a sunken look. Lines and wrinkles deepen, and hyperpigmentation increases. You may likewise discover that your skin is dry and flaky. Your Face Fundamentals CleanserYou wish to safeguard your skin barrier, since the drier your skin, the more prone it is to damage, states Karcher. Wash daily with a creamy moisturizing cleanser for delicate skin. Serum and MoisturizerStart with a serum containing antioxidants like vitamin C or E, resveratrol, or green tea. Over that, layer your moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sun block with an SPF of at least 30. Inflammation due to rosacea can be minimized with Mirvaso, a brand-new gel that decreases swelling of capillary. Hyperpigmentation can be lowered with creams containing 2 percent hydroquinone, phytophenol, or kojic acid. Evening TreatmentIts basic: Moisturize and fix. You need an abundant night cream with peptides, a hydrating prescription retinoid, or retinol cream or cream. If the retinoid causes dryness, mix it with a moisturizer or night cream, or utilize it only 3 times a week. You can apply retinoid cream as much as your lower eyelids. Make sure to use the night cream on your neck and the retinoid on your chest and the backs of your hands.

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11 Healthy Skin Habits to Establish in Your 20s

$type=carousel$sn=0$cols=4$va=0$count=12$show=home 11 Healthy Skin Habits to Establish in Your 20s 0 Edit this post From skipping certain cleansers to finally booking that facial, add these skincare habits to your routine now for younger skin in your later years. Forget the facelift! Protect your skin from aging, wrinkles, and other types of damagebefore they happenby adding these steps to your skincare routine By Brooke Blue, Shape Skincare Habits to Start in Your 20s From not washing your face before bed to believing SPF 8 is actually effective, we’re all guilty of some obvious skincare mistakes, especially in our younger years. However, just because you’re still wrinkle-free in your twenties doesn’t mean you should ignore your skin, says Mona Gohara, M.D., a medical dermatologist in Danbury, CT. “The key to healthy, younger-looking skin is to establish good habits early in life that’ll prevent you from having to deal with issues later on.” So from skipping certain cleansers to finally booking that facial, these 10 habits will set you up for younger skin for years to come. And the best news? They’re all super easy to add to your routine. (Not in your twenties? We have Your Guide to Good Skin at Any Age, According to Dermatologists.)[post_ads_2] Simplify Is your medicine cabinet filled with 25 half-used bottles of lotions, soaps, and serums? That’s a sign to rethink your skincare regimen, Gohara says. Trying out a bunch of different products can be damaging to your skin, especially if you’re experimenting with different fragrances, ingredients, and chemicals. It also can take up to six weeks to visibly see a skin benefit from a product. “I often see young women switch products before they really give them a chance to start working,” says Lauren Ploch, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New Orleans, LA. So stick to a few good products, and let them do their thing. Cleanse Correctly There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to choosing a facewash: gentle, pH-neutral, non-soap, cleanser. Gohara recommends Dove’s Beauty Bar (amazon.com), which cleanses your face without stripping your skin of your natural oils. (You know that “squeaky clean” feeling? You don’t want that, since it signals those good-for-you oils have been washed away.) When you wash your face, rub using a circular motion, which helps stimulate blood flow for a healthy glow, Gohara says. (Just make sure to avoid The 10 Most Common Face Washing Mistakes.)[post_ads_2] Use a Mild Exfoliant “We shed about 50 million skin cells each day, so it’s important to slough them away by exfoliating,” says Gohara. But the keyword here is mildderms don’t recommend abrasive scrubs with rough granules (they could lead to everything from discoloration to scarring). Instead, reach for glycolic pads (target.com), an inexpensive product found in drugstores. “These clean out pores and other impurities on the skin without being overly harsh,” Gohara says. Plus, the individual size eliminates the risk of over-exfoliating. There’s no need to use them every day, but a couple of times per week is good. Moisturize “It’s a myth that people who have ‘greasy’ skin don’t need to moisturize,” Gohara says. If you tend toward oily skin, skip a heavy, cream-based product and choose a light lotion or serum instead. If you have normal or dry skin, go with a facial oil or cream. Ploch suggests using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and/or niacinamide to incorporate some important anti-aging ingredients into your routine.[post_ads_2] Cover Up We’re not the first to tell you, but sun and skin don’t mix. “Ninety percent of signs of aging come from chronic unprotected sun exposure,” Gohara says. And melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has risen 800 percent in the past 40 years among women aged 18 to 39, which can largely be attributed to more frequent tanning, she adds. Choose a moisturizer with SPF of at least 30. However, sunscreen isn’t only necessary when you’re at the beachwear it while driving around town, going to work, or running in the park, Gohara says. She recommends La Roche Posay’s Anthelios AOX Sunscreen ($42.50; laroche-posay.us) or, if it feels too oily to wear a cream-based screen, try a powder, like one from Colorscience (colorscience.com). Ploch likes Neutrogena’s Sensitive Skin version (neutrogena.com). (See more SPF and Sun Protection Myths to Stop Believing.) Stop Picking Once you pop, it’s hard to stop. “Popping pimples is a pretty bad habit,” Ploch explains. “It can result in serious scarring, ranging from red marks to dark marks to permanent divots.” And it’s not just scars you need to worry aboutpopping pimples can cause epidermal inclusion cysts, which are raised, round lumps on the skin that may have to be removed surgically. For large, painful bumps, ask your derm about a very low-strength steroid injection into the acne lesion, which can help the pimple disappear within a day or two, Ploch says.[post_ads_2] Consider Retinols Retinol, a form of vitamin A found in many cosmetic products, is usually considered an anti-aging measure for older skin, since it stokes collagen production and reduces its breakdown. But it’s important to start using retinols in your twenties, Ploch says. The reason: the ingredient can also improve skin color and texture and even help reverse signs of sun damage. You can find several over-the-counter retinolswe like Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair ($85; dermalogica.com)—or ask your doc about retinoids, which are a stronger version only available by prescription. Book Frequent Facials These spa-like experiences may seem like an extravagance to add to your skincare arsenal, but they’re actually worthwhile, Gohara says. She recommends that women start getting facials at a young ageas early as age 13. Be sure to visit a good, reputable providerlike a derm’s office (where they’re also cheaper than fancier spas or salonsscore!). Gohara suggests scheduling one every two to three months to keep your skin glowing and healthy. (But if you can’t make it to the derm’s office, DIY it! Try one of The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.)[post_ads_2] Catch More ZZZ’s There’s more to good skin that what you put on itwhat’s going on inside your body plays an equally important role. Research has shown that sleep deprivation is linked to increased signs of aging, as well as a reduced ability of skin to recover after sun damage. “Maximizing sleep, fitting in exercise, and reducing stress are all essential steps to healthy skin,” Gohara says. We know it’s easier said than done, but since stress increases cortisol, a hormone held responsible for acne-prone skin and pimples, try to minimize stress in your life where possible. Eat Whole Foods Your skin is an organthe largest in your body, in factso you want to treat it like you would your heart or brain, Gohara says. Omega-3s in particular have been shown to decrease inflammatory chemicals that age the skin and heart. Focus on foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as nuts, plant oils (think flaxseed and hemp), and cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and halibut, and minimize processed foods. Finally, wine-lovers will be glad to hear that while drinking too much alcohol regularly can lead to a sallow complexion, a glass of antioxidant-rich red wine every now and then may actually be good for your skin, Ploch says. (They can also make you live longer! Check out 10 Healthy Foods That Further Your Life Expectancy.) See more at: Shape

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