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10 secrets to anti-aging

yes, i am only 22, but they say the younger you start protecting your skin against aging, the better!

here are the 10 commandments of anti-aging:

 1. sunscreen!
this is so important!even if you don't think you need sunscreen,
you should still apply one that protects against both UVA & UVB's.
these days, most skincare & beauty products come with sunscreen
in them. so use it!

2. quit smoking!
a-la dermatologist Frederic Brandt:
cigarettes "destroy collagen and elastin and decreases
levels of estrogen, which is necessary to keep skin firm."

3. retinoid!
retinoids help to minimize the appearance of existing age spots
and fine lines, while also preventing new ones. try philosophy's miracle worker
retinoid pads + solution. after 1 week, studies shower users saw reduced
discoloration and their skin was smoother and more clear.

4. stay hydrated!
maintaining hydrated skin help with the appearance of wrinkles.

5. get some sleep!
you skin needs downtime to repair itself and generate new
cells. plus, no sleep leads to puffy eyes and dark circles, which
will not do anything for your looks..

6. maintain a healthy weight!
crazy weight fluctuation is terrible for your skin! yo-yo dieting will cause the skin
to lose elasticity over time, and it becomes harder for it to snap back into shape. 

7. eat right!
just like anything in or on your body, you skin receives nutrients through
the foods you eat. the more balanced your diet = the younger your skin
will look. multivitamins are a great way to help your body get the nutrients
it needs.

8. work out!
exercising = increased blood flow = healthy complexion.
the experts recommend 30 minutes work outs 4-5 days a week.

9. relax!
the less you stress, the slower your cells will age. take time for yourself
at the end of each day! 

10. don't pop your zits!
as tempting as it might be, don't pick at your face! the older you get, the harder
it is for the skin to heal itself, so you could be doing some serious damage!
practice your will power and let your face heal itself!


**for more beauty tips, head over to my friend carmella's blog, blushing beauty on a budget. carmella is a licenced esthetician and has all the good secrets when it comes to maintaining a healthy beauty regimen on a budget**

until next time..
<3 alaina

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