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Scrimp on Skincare Products by Developing Healthy Skin Care Habits

It is simply not possible to escape TV ads for skin care products or to find a celebrity who hasn’t developed her own line.  Don’t be tempted to drop a couple of hundred dollars a month or more on magic formulas, develop simple, healthy skin care habits.

  • Apply sunblock… According to WebMD, “Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces.”  (http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/guide/sun-exposure-skin-cancer).  We get most of our exposure in small doses while walking and driving around.Don’t deprive yourself of the uplifting effects of sunlight.  Protect yourself by using a combo sunblock/moisturizer on your face every day. I get good results from relatively inexpensive drugstore brands such as Neutrogena and Aveeno.
  • Cleanse daily… I buy the cheapest facial cleanser I can find at Target that doesn’t look too abrasive. Clean & Clear Morning Burst is in my shower right now.
  • Consider your nutrition… Whatever you eat or drink influences everything
    about you including your skin.
  • Don’t smoke… Unless you want to look like Keith Richards.
  • Enjoy sex5 Reasons Why Sex is Good for Your Skin by Realbeauty.com http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/sex/5-reasons-why-sex-is-good-for-your-skin-622761)
  •  Exercise… Benefits skin by improving circulation and counteracts wrinkles by providing stress relief according to the experts cited in Improve Your Skin with Exercise at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shake-your-beauty/200904/improve-your-skin-exercise).
  • Exfoliate… It can easily be done on the cheap.  (Home Remedies to Exfoliate Skin http://skincare.lovetoknow.com/Home_Remedies_to_Exfoliate_Skin)
  •  Laugh… Laughter makes more attractive wrinkles.
  • Meditate… Even a few minutes a day will counteract stress and rejuvenate.
  • Moisturize… Use a combo sunblock/moisturizer on your face every day and night moisturizer.  Save money by sticking with drugstore brands such as  Oil of Olay.
  • Sleep… Unless you want to look at least 10 years older than you are.  No skin care product can substitute for adequate sleep.
  • Wear minimal makeup… Less is more, especially as you mature.

Can you moisturize your skin by drinking more water?

I was surprised to read that unless you are dehydrated, drinking extra water will not further moisturize your skin, “Basically the moisture level of skin is not determined by internal factors.  Instead, it is external factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, the number of oil glands, and the functioning of these oil-producing glands that determines how dry the skin is or will become. The water that is consumed internally will not reach the epidermis.” (http://www.healthy-skincare.com/benefit-of-drinking-water.html)

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