What are the most helpful general beauty tips?

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  1. Most Helpful General Beauty Tips

    The most important beauty tip is to limit midday sun exposure (10 am to 4 pm) and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that covers Ultraviolet A and B daily.

    80% of what are called aging changes in the skin are due to sun damage: wrinkles, skin thinning, loss of volume in soft tissues, and pigmentation changes (brown spots, light spots and redness due to dilated blood vessels).

    Next, if medically allowed (not pregnant, not breast feeding) using a retinoid cream on a regular basis induces a more rapid epidermal (skin surface) cell turnover as well as collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin (dermis). Retinoids also help reverse some of the existing sun damage and prevent collagen breakdown in the skin.

    Nutrition is also important. Eating a well-balanced diet that includes the necessary proteins and fats as well as vitamins and minerals allows the skin to function properly. I am also partial to limiting dairy products as those contain a number of hormones that can induce acne, although science is still working out the details on this one. Skin also functions best when the body is properly hydrated.

    Another important point is that smoking ages the skin, so quitting or not starting in the first place is a great idea.

    I am a big believer in using gentle cleansers and moisturizers (if your skin is dry) that have no fragrances or dyes. The cosmetics industry has us all believing that using a multitude of products, expensive ones at that, is a must: cleansers, toners, moisturizers for dry, normal or oily skin, eye creams, etc, etc, etc. Never could figure out why one would strip all the natural oils with a toner and THEN use a moisturizer. Or why one would use a moisturizer for oily skin in the first place.

    Getting enough sleep and reducing stress levels is always a good idea, however, if anyone has a good idea on how to do the latter effectively, I would be happy to hear that! Stress seems to be the one immutable constant in today’s world.

    If you do have a skin problem, consult a properly trained, board-certified dermatologist.

    And my two personal pet peeves: 1. Don’t use “natural” methods of removing skin growths, such as moles. Those lead to scarring and other complications. And there is an abundance of those products available on the Internet. And 2. Don’t squeeze out pimples. That leads to increased inflammation and scarring of the skin.

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