The anti-aging industry, estimated to be in the billions, is built on the assumption that we want to look as young as we feel. A legitimate request, but one that also raises a question: Why fight so hard to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines when you can slow them down to begin with? Aside from the inevitable passing of time and sitting for hours on end under the sun with no protection (why would you do that to yourself?), there are several things affecting your glowing complexion. Check out this list so you can take the appropriate measures to combat them. Awareness is bliss.
The preservatives in your cosmetics cabinet can break down, and bacteria can build up with each reach of a finger. If your makeup has expired, chances are it’s doing more harm than good to the delicate skin on your face.
If the jar has been sitting around for a while, smell it, suggests Linda Franks, MD, medical director of Gramercy Park Dermatology. If it smells different or if it changes colour, toss it.
The solution: Assess your makeup on a regular basis.
Falling asleep wearing makeup
Yes, in the movies (and soaps we secretly watch), the women always wake up looking flawless. But have you ever tried waking up in last night’s makeup? You would likely resemble a drunken Courtney Love – never a good look. When you don’t clean off your makeup, says Franks, you’re also leaving the dirt and debris of the day on you. Nighttime is time for your face to repair itself, so let nature do its job.
The solution: Use makeup remover for everything you’ve put on and wash your face before bedtime.
The number-one social lubricant is also a major player in causing dehydration, which sucks your skin of its vitality. When your skin is dehydrated, it can’t pass along the proper nutrients from cell to cell and can’t detoxify.
The solution: For every glass of alcoholic beverage you drink (beer, wine, a cocktail), drink a full glass of water. Remove Acne Scars in One Day.
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