Lather on the sunscreen. If you’ve ever read Cosmopolitan, or any beauty magazine for that matter, you know they’re big fans of safe sun practices. Avoid excessive sun exposure and keep your skin safe with sunscreen that has a minimum SPF of 15. If you’re desperate for a tan, go with a self-tanning product. Dermatologists agree that UV exposure is the number one skin-ager.
By Jenna Haines
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Use retinoids. Retinoids are Vitamin A-rich compounds that are proven to help your skin in a variety of ways. They increase collagen production and cell turnover, unclog pores, and stimulate localized blood vessels. Talk to a doctor about getting a prescription-strength treatment.
Get more rest. Along with the bags underneath your eyes in the morning, a lack of sleep impedes your body’s ability to mend the damage it underwent during the day. Try to get 7 to 8 hours for optimum beauty sleep.
Exfoliate. For a dewy glow, consider derm-abrasion or a chemical peel to remove those old, dull cells on the surface level of the skin. In the meantime, you can use a gentle, at-home scrub to increase blood flow (thus, oxygen) to the skin’s surface and spur collagen production.
Quit smoking! Smoking is the second leading cause of damaged skin (the sun is the first). Studies also show that smokers have more wrinkles than non-smokers, but you didn’t need science to tell you that. A quick glance around at your smoking versus non-smoking associates shows you all you need to know.