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If your goal is to obtain a smooth, youthful glowing complexion, you are not alone. Many individuals make an effort year after year to obtain a beautiful complexion. However, it is important to remember that skin care goes way beyond removing make-up before you go to bed and what type of facial cleanser you use. Here are three tips for a healthier complexion that do not involve make-up or facial cleansers.
- Smokers, this may just be the year to quit smoking. By quitting smoking, you’ll not only be helping your lungs, but your skin as well. Multiple studies shoes that individuals who smoke will experience skin that ages much quicker than the skin of non-smokers. Skin texture, wrinkle depth and hyperpigmentation are all affected each time you decide to light a cigarette. Smoking can also cause your skin to appear yellow or gray in color. This means your complexion will likely be very dull.
- You need to protect your skin from sun damage. If you spend too much time in the sun without protecting the skin on your face, you will not be able to achieve the smooth, youthful looking skin that you have always desired. If you want glowing skin, opt for self-tanners instead of hours of sitting in the sun or in a tanning bed. This can lead to too much sun damage. Sun damage means loss of elasticity, loss of skin firmness, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (which is an even bigger problem if you have plenty of freckles). When you are in the sun, always wear sunblock, sunglasses and protective clothing. Aim to limit mid-day sun exposure.
- Limit your sweet intake. Cutting out the sweets from your diet can do more than just help you to control your weight. Reducing your sweet intake can help your skin to be firmer and younger looking. This is because sugar reacts with proteins, including collagen. Too much sugar can reduce the ability of collagen to regenerate. This can lead to wrinkled, sagging and creping skin.