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The best way to keep skin looking young and healthy is to avoid doing those things that can damage your skin. Surprisingly many of the things we do on a daily basis cause damage to our skin in ways we aren’t aware of, and may not even show up until months or years down the road. Here are 12 things that most people do on a frequent basis that can result in dull, lifeless, and wrinkled skin.

1. Not drinking enough water on a daily basis. Your body is made up of 70% water; every cell and every organ in your body needs water in order to stay healthy. When you don’t consume enough water to supply your body in the way that it needs then the water you do consume will go to those cells and organs that are necessary to sustain life first. This means, that your skin is likely to be the last organ that gets the water it needs to stay hydrated. Without proper hydration your skin begins to dry out, become dull and gray and it is easy for wrinkles to show when your skin is dry.

2. Bathing And Showering In Hot Water. Hot water can damage your skin as well as cause it to dry out. While keeping clean is necessary for great looking skin, you should shower in warm not hot water and then pat yourself dry with a towel. Taking hot showers on a regular basis can cause damage to your skin that is difficult to recover from.

3. Not Protecting Your Skin From The Elements. While most people today use sunscreen to protect their skin from the harsh rays of the sun, they usually do little or nothing to protect their skin from other damaging elements. Wind, air conditioning, and indoor heat can all dry out your skin and quickly too. Applying moisturizer every few hours throughout the day can help to protect your skin from the elements both inside and out.

4. Using the Wrong Skin Care Products. Even when you attempt to protect your skin from the elements if you are using the wrong skin care products you may be damaging your skin beyond repair. Many skin care products on the market today contain chemicals and synthetic fragrances and colors that may actually dry out your skin and cause damage. In addition, some of these chemicals may cause other health problems as well. Look for skin care products that contain all natural ingredients in order to keep your skin healthier.

5. Eating the wrong foods. In order to maintain the healthiest skin possible, you need to eat the right foods. There are many foods that are high in antioxidants that fight free radicals which can cause wrinkled skin, in addition the eating of fatty fish or taking fish oil supplements has been shown to help reduce acne and eczema breakouts, keep your skin moisturized, and give you a healthy glow.

6. Not Getting Enough Sleep. In order for your skin to remain healthy it needs to recharge. By getting the proper amount of sleep, you allow your skin (and your body) to recover from the stresses of the day. Lack of proper sleep often results in under eye circles and bags, and dull looking skin. If you really want to have glowing healthy skin then give your skin the rest it needs to stay healthy.

7. Not Getting Enough Exercise. By exercising we increase the oxygen levels in our blood which then supplies every single organ in the body including our skin. In addition, working up a good sweat helps to keep your pores clean, and tones your skin as well as your muscles. Exercise also helps to reduce stress which is a major factor in poor skin health.

8. Not Reducing Stress Levels. You probably already know that stress can ruin your health, but it also can cause a lot of damage to your skin. Studies show that acne breakouts often occur during periods of stress as do cold sores and other skin problems. Finding ways to reduce the stress in your life can lead to healthier skin and a healthier life.

9. Over Exfoliating Your Skin. While exfoliating your skin can be healthy for it, and removes those dead skin cells that keep your skin looking dull and gray, over exfoliating can damage your skin and those fine capillaries that lay just below the skins surface. A gentle exfoliation once a week should be enough to help your skin stay healthy looking.

10. Rubbing Your Eyes. Everyone has a tendency to rub their eyes when they are tired. However doing so can actually damage the thin skin beneath and around your eyes resulting in those dark circles that we all hate so much. By avoiding rubbing your eyes that thin skin around your eyes stays healthier.

11. Picking Pimples. Those angry red pimples with the white centers may be annoying and sore, but picking at them can leave scars that will stay with you forever. Instead of picking at those pimples there are things that you can do to reduce the inflammation or bring those pimples to a head so they will heal faster. Try applying a warm washcloth to the affected area, and supplement your diet with omega-3 fatty acids.

12. Not Removing Make-up Properly. Most make-ups are made with ingredients that make them long lasting which unfortunately also clog your pores which can result in acne break-outs. In addition, removing your make-up the wrong way can result in broken capillaries and damaged skin cells. So make sure that you remove your make-up before going to bed each night with an all natural cream that is designed to remove make-up and then wash your face thoroughly and moisturize it before going to sleep.

By avoiding these 12 skin-damaging activities you will find that your skin looks and feels healthier than you ever dreamed possible.



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