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It’s a fact. We all age; it’s inevitable. While we can’t stop the clock, there are steps we can take to age “gracefully”. Problem is, you may be sabotaging your efforts to look young and not even know it!

1. YOU’RE DRINKING TOO MUCH SODA

I know. There are days when only a soda will do to quench your thirst. You’ve heard there is absolutely no nutritional value to soda, but did you know that along with other carbonated beverages, it also dehydrates your skin? Think of it this way, even if you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, you’re cancelling out 2 of those glasses for every glass of soda you drink.

2. YOU’RE SKIPPING THE HAND CREAM

You probably expected me to say you’re skipping the facial moisturizer, when in fact, it’s the lack of hand cream that’s a dead giveaway!  But, don’t take my word for it, test it yourself and do a side-by-side comparison of your hands after putting hand cream on one of them. Scary, isn’t it?

3. YOU’RE STILL TANNING

Any Dermatologist will tell you that a tanned skin is sun damaged skin, even if you don’t burn. Remember too that the sun you knew 30 years ago isn’t the sun of today. And, with the continuous depletion of the earth’s ozone layer, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. YOU’RE WEARING THE WRONG SHADE OF FOUNDATION

Get to know your skin’s undertone. It’s either pink, yellow, neutral or caramel.  When you wear a foundation that has a different undertone than your skin, it will be very obvious, especially in natural light. And, continuing to wear the wrong shade draws attention to you, your skin, and those fine lines.

5. YOU’RE NOT EXFOLIATING

Everyone knows the key to younger skin is moisturizer, moisturizer, moisturizer, right? But did you know it can’t absorb into your skin when you apply it on top of dead skin? So, how do you know if you’re doing that? Our skin replenishes itself about every 3 days, so if you use your facial scrub or micro-derm abrasion twice a week, you’re good!

Do you have a beauty routine you swear by to age gracefully? I’d love to hear it! Please leave a comment below, and if you loved this article, there’s more I’d love to share with you!
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