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Thursday, July 29, 2010

BEAUTY WITH NICOLE--10 TIPS TO LOOKING YOUNGER

Beauty editor Nicole Emmerling offers us 10 tips for looking younger today, and who among us doesn’t want to thwart the march of time? -- AP

10 TIPS TO LOOKING YOUNGER

Some things you can’t change, like your genes, but many of us have some bad habits that make us age quicker. Break those habits to slow the aging process. Here are 10 things you can do for younger looking skin.

1. Stop smoking! Aside from being really bad for your health, smoking creates wrinkles, especially around your mouth.

2. Stop tanning! Again, like smoking, tanning is really bad for your health. It’s the leading cause of skin cancer. It’s also the leading cause of wrinkles.

3. Use sunscreen! (See above.)

4. Keep make-up light! Too much foundation, concealer and powder actually makes you look older and can exaggerates the flaws you’re trying to hide.

5. Drink less! Alcohol increases the level of inflammatory agents in your bloodstream which hastens skin sagging.

6. Don’t ignore your neck, chest, and hands! They age along with your face. Use the same products on your neck and chest that you do on your face. Treat them as one. Twice a month use your microdermabrasion product on the back of your hands. Use hand cream with SPF 30 every day and a retinol product on the backs of your hands every night.

7. Get a decent amount of sleep each night! Lack of sleep causes stress, and stress shows on your face. Also, it’s while you’re sleeping that your body repairs the day’s damage.

8. Stop eating junk food! By replacing processed foods with high-protein foods and whole grains, you’re providing nutrients to your hair, nails, and skin, as well as your body.

9. Start exercising! Exercise releases tension and stress, which shows up on your face. It also increases blood flow to your skin.

10. Don’t forget to exfoliate! The older you get, the longer it takes for dead skin cells to slough off. Dead skin cells are what create dull looking skin.

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