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Top 4 habits that are harming your skin

(Simple daily practices to keep skin youthful)

The old adage, ‘beauty starts from within’ couldn’t be truer! The make-up and cosmetics industry thrives on the accurate idea that all women want smooth, youthful, flawless radiant skin. The healthiest most vibrant skin starts with maintaining good habits and regular skincare. There are several ways to prevent dull, drab, prematurely-aged skin, and we will walk you through the ways to avoid these skin-damaging habits before it’s too late:

Habit 1 – Dehydration

Are you drinking enough water?

Of course proper skincare routines and cosmetic procedures can vastly improve your natural complexion, however, if you suffer from dryness, flakiness, roughness, irritation, and cracking, dehydration is the culprit!

Maintaining good levels of hydration improves your skin overall and helps you avoid the look of prematurely aged skin and stay plump, elastic and supple. Pure water naturally flushes impurities out of the largest organ you have and encourages healthy circulation and helps prevent infections and dermatitis. You can simply cure dehydration and restore your skin to its vibrant, healthy, smooth, and youthful state by drinking plenty of water, consuming plenty of high water-content foods such as fruits and vegetables, as well as feeding your skin with a proper moisturizer for your skin type to create a supple moisture barrier.

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Habit 2 – Moisturizer

A good moisturizer is one of the foundations of an effective skin care regimen for dry, older skin especially, however, when paired with adequate water intake, a moisturizer that is tailored to your skin type is an essential step in daily long-term skincare for people of any age! Moisturizing with lotion helps you lock moisture in the skin and soothe dry irritated skin to make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Dr. Monam can also advise you on suitable moisturizers that contain sunscreens and cosmeceuticals, that may help prevent or even correct fine wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, and other signs of aging and photo-aging.

Habit 3 – Sun-Exposure

Baking in the sun is a fad of the past! Protecting your skin from UV rays is by far, the most important thing you can do to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. When you fail to protect your delicate skin, you make it more vulnerable to the wrinkling, spotting, and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. It is essential to wear sunblock daily even if you aren’t frequenting the beach or poolside. To effectively avoid premature aging and harmful damage of your skin, you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which blocks out both UVA and UVB rays as opposed to just a sun protection factor (SPF), designed to block burning UVB rays. To keep your skin protected, sunscreen should be applied liberally every 2 hours and it is recommended that you stay out of the sun during peak UV exposure hours if possible. This is a fundamental daily tip to keeping your skin youthful, healthy and minimally-damaged.

Habit 4 – Sleeping Habits

Are you a stomach sleeper? Do you forget to remove your daily make-up before hitting the sheets? Do you drink alcohol regularly to get to sleep?
These are some key lifestyle factors that can contribute to unwitting skin damage in your sleep!

You are probably well aware that getting your 6-8 hours of sleep each night is important for preventing a fatigued face, puffy bags under your eyes and dark circles. However, the simple act of sleeping on your stomach creates unnecessary damage to your face, causing the collagen to break down and encourage wrinkle formation. If you neglect to wash your face properly removing all of the day’s make-up, you will effectively soil your bed sheets and pillowcases with bacteria and pore-clogging debris, dirt and oils. All of these detrimental factors will promote premature aging and skin damage, leaving you with a dull, lifeless sallow complexion! Avoid each of these pitfalls and don’t forget to apply nighttime skincare formulas before bed. These are specially formulated to support your body’s natural renewal processes and contain higher concentrations of anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients that target areas of concern while you sleep.

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