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Lifestyle May Be Your Skin Care Savior

Your skin will not lie. You can say you never ate that sugary food, didn’t go out in the sun without sunscreen, didn’t skimp on sleep; the list goes on, but your skin will give you away every time. You can lie all you want, but that blemish, sunburn, or wrinkle will be there to testify against you.

Face it, there’s only one way to prevent your skin from revealing your sins, and that is to stop sinning. It’s time to accept the fact that the only way to keep your skin quiet is by keeping it healthy. Here are some lifestyle changes to help you choose the right path to healthy skin.

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Protect Your Skin From the Sun
One sure way to prevent skin from premature aging is to protect it from the sun. There is no surer way to prevent age spots and wrinkles or to lower the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and apply generously, repeating every two hours, or more, if you’ve been swimming or perspiring.

Try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when its rays are strongest and do your best to stay in the shade.

Wear protective clothing. Tightly woven long-sleeved shirts and pants, and wide-brimmed hats provide the best protection from the sun. There are also laundry additives on the market which give clothes an extra layer of UV protection for a number of washings, as well as sun protective clothing with built-in protection from ultraviolet rays.

Stop Smoking
Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, decreasing blood flow and depleting skin of nutrients and oxygen. The result is older looking skin and wrinkles.

Additionally, smoking is a danger to collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are the fibers that maintain skin’s strength and elasticity.

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Also, the faces that you make from smoking? The pursing of the lips? The squinting? Also likely to cause wrinkles. How can you prevent this? Quit smoking. Ask your doctor for tips and treatment advice.

Be Gentle
Even simply daily cleansing can tax your skin. You can keep the toll to a minimum by limiting bath time. Hot water can remove oil from your skin, and the longer you spend bathing, the greater the loss of moisture. Keep bath time down and try to use warm water, rather than hot.

Swap strong soaps and detergents for mild cleansers to keep skin better hydrated.
Shave carefully, using shaving cream, gel, or lotion prior to shaving. Use a clean sharp razor and shave in the direction in which the hair grows to ensure the smoothest shave with the least skin nicks and cuts.

Pat skin dry after washing to make sure some moisture is left on the skin and follow up with an SPF containing moisturizer that is suited to your skin type.

Eat well
Never underestimate the importance of a good diet for skin health. Eat your veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Research suggests that diets high in unhealthy fats and processed carbohydrates may age skin prematurely, while vitamin C-rich foods may promote younger-looking skin.

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Control Stress
Stress can increase skin sensitivity and lead to breakouts and other problems. You can manage stress by setting limits and decreasing overwhelming activity in exchange for things you enjoy, or doing low-intensity exercises like yoga and pilates.

Turn Off Your Cell Phone
According to Dr. Francesca J. Fusco, if you keep your head down often while scrolling or texting, you may begin to notice lines in your neck. She suggests hanging photos at eye level in rooms in which you text the most as an enticement to keep your head up during phone use.

Let us know how you have changed your lifestyle to improve your skin health. We want to know!

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Healthy Alternatives To Smoking

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Have you ever seen John Travolta cast as Danny Zuko in “Grease?” Do you remember that scene when he first looks at Sandy (Olivia Newton-John)? He turns his head with that dangerous slicked back hair and black leather jacket and glances over his shoulder with the stub of a cigarette precariously dangling from his full Italian lips? This image was to become the stuff of teenage fantasy and panty-wetting for the 1980’s and generations to come! Or what about sexy Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” lighting a cigarette, eyebrows knit, concentrating heavily on the task, posing next to a cooly disaffected Scarlett Johannsen in front of a graffitied building in a scene of urban decadence. Those two were too cool for school! No matter how health conscious, we have become as a culture, it would be hard to deny that those scenes would not have had the same allure were it not for the use of the cigarette. One can only speculate as to what would happen if Zuko turned around to Sandy with a carrot dangling from his lips. Looking at Cruz and Travolta, the bad boy allure of the cigarette is all but undeniable, and it is easy to see how the young may fall prey to this filthy habit. However, it eventually becomes apparent that these elegant accessories will never turn us into celebrities, and rather leave us with poor health and a $5/ day habit. If you have been lured by the lie of the cigarette, you are not alone. Luckily, there are alternatives to smoking, and some can be rather sexy as well!

  • Chewing Sugar Free Gum
    Anyone who has ever seen Pamela Sue Anderson blowing a bubble in a photo shoot can attest to the steaminess of gum chewing. It satisfies the oral fixations and also helps to chase away cravings. Sugarless gum also promotes oral health by keeping the acidity down in your mouth, preventing tooth decay.
  • Chew Flavored Toothpicks
    This might have worked for Travolta. Like gum, toothpicks will keep your teeth clean and the flavor can last for hours. From peppermint to Tootie fruity, these babies are made from bamboo and are totally organic.
  • Eat Dark Chocolate
    This would definitely have worked for Cruz. Dark chocolate boosts levels of dopamine and causes pleasure in the brain. Just don’t get addicted to it; as it is not without the calories.
  • Yoga
    Yoga is a great alternative to smoking because it helps to alleviate stress. It helps you relax without turning to stogies and also helps you stay in shape.
  • Running
    If you are a smoker, running may be the last thing you want to do. However, one positive feature of smoking is that its effects are reversible. Once you quit, you will develop an increase in lung capacity, and running may not seem quite as impossible to you. You may also grow to love the rush of endorphins you will feel after having a good run.Now you have no reason not to quit. Cigarettes may look good in the movies, but they don’t play out nearly as well in real life.

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