The 5 Things You’re Doing That Make You Look Old

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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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Two Things You Didn’t Know About Sunscreen

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I know it’s hard to believe, especially after the winter we’ve had, but, summer is on the way, and it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen. But, before you  pick up your next bottle, be sure you know the following:

You May Be Able to Use Last Year’s Sunscreen

You may have heard that last year’s bottle should be tossed, but, that is a clever marketing strategy to buy another. According to Skincare.org, as long as last season’s  bottle was stored in a cool place and you plan to use it before the expiration date, it should be fine. Why? Manufacturers store sunscreen at 40 degrees Celsius with  25% humidity. Stability in this type of controlled environment  for 3 months is equal to 3 years in the typical home environment.

So, unless you  find last year’s bottle in the garage, trunk or glove box of your car, it should be just as effective as it was the day you brought it home.

Get up Close and Personal with the Ingredient List

There are 2 ingredients found in many sunscreens on the market, and each have been very controversial over the past few years. What are they? Paba and Parabens.

Paba is an antioxidant found in Vitamin B, and although it provides a shield that protects the sun’s rays from burning your skin, it has been found to cause photo-allergic reactions including the side effects of acne, blotch red spots on the skin, burning, itching and blistering. Paba is deemed safe for those without allergies to this ingredient, but sadly, there is no way to determine if you have an allergy until you experience these painful symptoms.

Parabens are chemicals used to preserve many cosmetic and skincare products by preventing bacteria and fungus to grow. The downside is parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors. Although there has never been a connection linking these to cancer, it is best to avoid products that contain them.

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