2011... hurrayy to the new year! Let's all age in wisdom but keep our body looking and feeling young. I know some people dread the new year because of the fear of getting old. Take your blues away because with these helpful tips you will keep everybody looking and guessing.
1/ Mist Moisturizer, Not Water
If you mist, then moisturize too—it's two steps, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca Fusco. When you just spritz, the water evaporates on the skin, creating dryness. Can't do both steps? Look for a mister with an emollient like glycerin... try Body Shop's Vitamin E face mist.
2/ Condition with Jasmine
Jasmine extract is a soothing oil rich with antioxidants. This essential oil does more than just smell exquisite - it deeply relaxes, lifts depression and boosts confidence, improves skin elasticity, while helping to reduce stretch marks and scars.
3/ Exfoliate Longer
When you want deep exfoliation, do it longer, not harder, as you cleanse your skin. "Don't think scrub when you're using one," since too much force is harmful, says Kenneth Milstead of Bliss Hollywood spa.
4/ Lay Off the Liquor and have your restful sleep
More than one drink a day can cause increased oil production and enlarged pores, says Beverly Hills dermatologist Susan Evans. Lack of sleep can have the same effect, so be sure to get your z's—aim for at least seven hours a night.
5/ Double-Cleanse Your Face
Wear a lot of makeup? Wash your face in two steps... First, remove makeup and sunscreen with a gentle cleanser that's designed to break down cosmetics. Next, use a formula with soothing, rejuvenating effects. Rub it in with upward motions from neck to forehead.
6/ Try DIY Dermatology
Remember this home remedy the next time you get a big pimple: Do several cycles of hot compresses, then apply a glob of 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, and let it sit for two hours. "It's very similar to getting a shot of hydrocortisone to deflate the bump," says Dr. Fusco.
7/ Skip Extreme Heat
Intense heat can exacerbate redness, says spa owner Julia March. To limit the appearance of broken capillaries, skip saunas, steam rooms, and spicy foods.
8/ Embrace the Humidity
Moisture in the air helps skin look dewy, so keep hydrated year-round with a humidifier.
9/ Tote Towelettes
No time for a post-gym shower? Pack a stash of wipes, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Heidi Waldorf. Cleanse away the dirt that triggers breakouts.
10/ Pass Time with a PastimeStress sets off hormones that cause acne, so make time to wind down. Find a hobby, says David Bank, a N.Y.C. dermatologist. Less stress increases oxygen flow, minimizing flare-ups.
11/ Choose "Fragrance Free" Over "Unscented"
Formulas that claim to be unscented can still contain aromatic essential oils, which may upset sensitive skin, says spa owner March. If perfumes tend to irritate your skin, check for labels that say "fragrance free."
12/ Baby Your Face
When washing skin, avoid abrasive puffs and just use your fingertips. If your routine includes a washcloth, get the gentler, low-loop terry ones made for newborns.
13/ Soothe with Fruit
A cool remedy for too much sun: L.A. spa owner Ole Henriksen suggests a calming bath of warm water, half a gallon of milk, and 15 drops of lavender oil. Watermelon is also an anti-inflammatory; try to purée the fruit and slather it on tingly skin.
14/ Quit Smoking
There is no better way to say it. Smoking has been shown to make acne worse since it diminishes the delivery of oxygen to the skin and robs it of nutrients, thereby inhibiting scars from healing, Dr. Bank says. Not enough reason to quit? Smoke depletes moisture, making skin lose its luster and look wrinkly.
15/ Clean (the House) Gently
Housecleaning takes its toll on sensitive skin, since the chemicals in sprays and wipes can trigger irritation, says Julia March. Don't throw in the towel (or call a cleaning lady), just concoct this all-purpose cleaner: Mix ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda into 2 quarts water. For laundry, try dye-free detergents.
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