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13 Tips for Younger Looking Skin in your 30’s

Your 30s are often approached with a bit of panic. Although, people always say 30 is the new 20 and as you are moving on in your years, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging gracefully. It’s time to change your skincare routine to cater to your mature skin. Your facial routine will require a little more effort, so don’t be overwhelmed. Starting a daily and nightly regimen will help prevent serious signs of aging and prolong the state of your youthful appearance.

1. Drink Plenty of Water – The moment you’re dehydrated, it will take a huge toll on your skin. Not drinking enough water will leave your skin looking dull, flakey, saggy and loose. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

2. Daily/Nightly Skincare Routine – Follow a skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Cleansing gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and makeup. Toning handles pore issues and helps your pH levels. Moisturizing is important for skin texture and replenishing your skin with hydration.

3. Be Sun Safe – Sunscreen is the best and easiest way to prevent early signs of aging and skin cancer.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen as required, usually every 4-6 hours

4. Get Plenty of Rest – If you’re tired and your body doesn’t get plenty of rest, it shows first through your skin.

5. Eat a Balanced Diet – Be sure to have a healthy meal, each meal of the day, that includes foods containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from fatty or fried foods and limit your sugar intake as much as possible.

6. Quit Smoking – Smoking leads to wrinkles, pigmentation and bad skin. Not only is it terrible for you, but it’s terrible for you skin and speeds up the aging process dramatically.

7. Be Fit and Healthy – Exercise regularly for healthy body and skin. Try yoga, meditation and deep breathing to keep calm. Stress is also one of the biggest enemies for your skin.

8. Take Care of Your Makeup Brushes – Clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw away old sponges.  Brushes filled with old makeup may contain bacteria and cause breakouts.

9. Exfoliation – Have a regular exfoliation and cleansing routine. Try exfoliating two to three times a week as long as your skin doesn’t get too dry. If you don’t find one you like, you can always make one at home with organic coconut oil and sugar.

10. Moisturize – Use the proper moisturizer for your skin type to help boost your skin’s cell regeneration. During the day, choose one that has sunscreen in it. For your nightly routine, a thick and creamy moisturizer does wonders. Use an under-eye cream and firming serum to pamper the skin under your eyes and keep your neck looking young and lifted.

11. Avoid Sulfates – Sulfates are surfactants that can be found in most market-based cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry, flaky and even itchy. Look for products that do not contain parabens, sulfates and silicone.

12. Use the Right Pillowcase – Change your pillowcases frequently. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture from your skin and leave it dry. They can also leave sleep lines and tug at your skin, making it loose. Try and use silk and satin pillowcases or even a hypoallergenic one if you’re having issues with breakouts.

13. Get Help if Needed – Seek advice from a dermatologist if over the counter anti-aging products aren’t working for you. Most will do a consultation for free.

Skincare in Your 30s…. What now?

Since you’ve surpassed your 20s (gracefully we might add!), now is the time to establish a skincare routine that will prolong aging and help you achieve lifelong happiness with your skin.

Your 30s are a stressful time no matter your circumstances. Your body is going through hormonal changes, so your skin can’t repair itself like it used to. Breakouts become more common, age spots appear, fine lines and wrinkles grow more noticeable and your skin grows thirstier for hydration. No more neglecting your skin!

That’s why we spoke to a handful of industry leading experts, who gave us their best advice on how to change up your skincare routine now that you’ve reached the big 3-0 milestone. The good news? It’s easier than you think to maintain great skincare well into your 30’s.  It’s all about establishing good habits and maintaining an easy routine. 

Use your foundation as a shield! Many women avoid wearing makeup on a daily basis in order to let their skin “breathe,” but experts say makeup can actually help protect your skin. Sun damage is the number one cause of aging. Foundation can act as an extra barrier between your skin and the sun. Most people don’t wear sunscreen, if any at all, so foundation as a back-up is your best insurance policy.

Don’t worry about makeup clogging your pores. Most foundation now is non-comedogenic and will be fine as long as you’re using the right kind for your skin type.  

Don’t forget your neck! Estheticians agree that as you age, it becomes especially important to treat your neck and décolletage. The more delicate areas are the ones that tend to show the first signs of aging. Think of your “face” as beginning from you hairline and going all the way down to the center of your breasts. Be sure to give your neck its own step in your daily skincare routine, using leftover moisturizer that you applied on your face isn’t good enough. Also, don’t forget sunscreen!

Eye cream is a must! Under your eye is the most sensitive and thinnest skin on your face. These areas show the first signs of aging because of smiling and other facial expressions. Be sure to add a well formulated under eye cream to your skincare routine and apply it properly. Sweep under the eye with your ring finger, around the orbital bone, and avoid tugging or pulling your skin. Lightly dab until absorbed and remember to also get the corners of your eyes where crow’s feet form.

Swap out those make up wipes for a real cleanser! You were lucky if you remembered to take off your makeup at all when you were in your 20s, but now we’d like to think you’ve learned from your mistakes. Try to use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser to wash your makeup off rather than a makeup removing wipe. Wipes tend to push dirt around your face and don’t do a good job at removing makeup anyway. The cleaner you get your face, the better your moisturizers and serums will work.

Retinol! Retinol! Retinol! Aside from sunscreen, a Retinol product would be your best protection against aging. It’s important to start using anti-aging products now, before the serious signs begin. This ingredient has been proven countless times to smooth your skin, make your pores appear smaller and diminish wrinkles. Start by using a Retinol cream you can get over the counter and then if need be, upgrade to a stronger prescription form.

Switch to a night cream! In your 30s, you want to make sure you change up your skincare routine to tailor it to mature skin. During the day, our skin is exposed to UV rays and environmental stressors that age us; then at night, our skin goes into repair mode to rejuvenate and recover. Thus, your morning skincare routine should be all about protection, involving an antioxidant serum and sunscreen. Then your nighttime routine should focus on rejuvenation, incorporating products like retinol, peptides, and chemical exfoliation, followed by night cream.

Beauty rest is essential! Odds are you didn’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night in your 20s, and that undoubtedly took a toll on your skin. As our experts mention, the late hours are when your skin repairs itself. Consistently getting 8 hours of sleep at night ensures your skin has adequate time to do so. You can also sleep on a satin pillowcase (fancy!) to help make sure you skin doesn’t tug or go bump in the night.

5 Imperative Skincare Musts to Start ASAP

Aging seems to have a negative connation in the skincare community these days. We’re constantly told we need to find a skincare routine that helps us look younger longer and makes us feel bad about what comes naturally to us as we get older; our skin tends to age. While we all want to look our best, we shouldn’t feel bad about aging or the changes our skin goes through as we get older and approach our mid-30s. Our skin is not going to look like we’re 18 anymore, and at this point in our lives, we don’t want it to. These 5 skincare tips are the best ways you can pamper yourself and treat your skin to some self-love. Take pride in knowing you’re making these changes not only for your skin but also for yourself and remember that some extra TLC can not only prevent signs of aging (if that’s our concern) but also help us appreciate ourselves in ways we never thought we would.

1. Increase Hydration

Not only do you need to be sure you moisturize properly every day and night, you also need to make sure you’re drinking enough water. H2O will keep your skin hydrated, yes, but it will also help overall production of collagen, cell turnover, and most importantly, your body to stay and feel healthy. You can also consider taking a daily supplement that will ensure you get other essentials in your daily diet, like Resveratrol, Vitamin E and more Collagen. Keep in mind, even if you don’t consider your skin dry according to your skin type, once you’re in your 30s, your skin will need a moisture boost to help ward off other skincare concerns. Even if you have oily skin, it’s still possible your skin is dehydrated. Your collagen and elastin levels tend to fall, so your skin needs more help retaining moisture. To keep your skin hydrated, try incorporating a hyaluronic acid serum or antioxidant oil into your daily skincare routine.

2. Marry Your Acids

A Vitamin C serum at this point in your life is completely necessary. Consider splurging and investing in one that is of high quality. This ensures the formulations are stable and the ingredients are high quality. Ascorbic and L-ascorbic acids are best to wear during the daytime, after sunscreen and before makeup, because they act as free-radical fighting antioxidants. They won’t build up under your make and will be a second barrier to fight off UV damage. Glycolic and Lactic Acid are both Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which are best when incorporated into your nighttime routine, because they act as an exfoliator. They work best when your skin is going through its repair cycle and regenerating cells while you sleep.

3. Rekindle Your Dermatologist Relationship

At this point in your skin’s life, it’s time to make an appointment with your Dermatologist to get a new outlook on what your skin needs. At this age, your skin is going through a lot of changes and you might need some professional advice to see what you can do to ensure your skin’s best care. Your skin’s elastin and collagen levels are slowing down, so your skin could break out and develop acne. You will see inflammation and dryness in areas you might not have even seen before and your skin’s moisture barrier is thinning. While most over the counter skincare products work for us when we were in our 20s, our 30s need more concentrated, active ingredients. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you with products that will give you a steady, youthful glow and help your collagen productions level out. In addition, if you’ve never had a skin cancer screening, now is the time to do so!

4. Find an Esthetician

Finding an Esthetician that you have a good relationship with is going to be really important for your new skincare journey. If you’ve never heard of or been to one before, an Esthetician is someone who specializes in the beautification of skin. As you use new products and try new routines to keep your skin healthy, a monthly appointment with an esthetician will help you see if what you’re doing is working. A licensed skincare specialist will be able to tell you if what you’re using is working for you skin, will give you someone to talk to and consult with any questions or concerns about ingredients and technique, and most likely be the most beneficial thing you can do for you skin. Your skin regenerates itself every month, exactly 27 days, so seeing one every month or so will really do some good.

5. Worship Your SPF

It isn’t easy to reapply your SPF as needed throughout the day when you’re at work and wearing makeup. But sunscreen at this point in your skin’s like is more important than ever. However, cosmetic companies have finally jumped on the SPF bandwagon and are now making makeup with SPF. Be sure to choose a foundation, concealer and loose powder that has an SPF. They more than likely will have an SPF value of 30 or higher, so in addition to your am SPF application, these products will help ensure you escape sun damage as long as they have SPF in them. Also, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, hats if you’re going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen on every part of your body that’s going to be exposed to the elements.

What’s Your Skin Type?

We all know the best way to keep ourselves looking young is to take care of our skin and beginning a routine as soon as you can. But how do you know what kind of skin you have and how do you know what you need to keep it looking youthful? This simple quiz will help you find out what kind of skin you have, what you need to do to keep it looking great and allow you to live up to your best potential!

Your skin type will all be affected by a multitude of things, but keep these three in mind: how sensitive your skin is, how much water is in your skin (not how much you drink, but how much water is absorbed to help elasticity) and oil (which effects softness).

1. Normal:

Normal skin is in between dry and oily. This is the skin type we all strive to have.

  • Glowing complexion
  • Barely visible pores
  • Few or no imperfections or blemishes
  • Unsensitive

2. Combo:

Combination skin can be oily in some areas, like your T-zone, and then dry in others, like on your cheeks or neck. This is the most common skin type.  

  • Normal sized pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shine or oil

3. Dry:

Your skin is very dry and tight. It can crack, peel and itch. This skin type can also be confused for a sensitive skin type but doesn’t necessarily mean you have sensitive skin.

  • Red patches
  • Dull, tough complexion
  • Invisible pores
  • Wrinkles and fine lines more visible

*Keep in mind, dry skin can be caused by weather, UV rays, your genes, hormonal changes and even other skincare products you’re using, like your makeup.

4. Oily:

Oily skin can be prone to acne and blemishes, have major shine at the end of a day and have a hard time keeping makeup in place without proper primers.

  • Large pores
  • Shiny, thick complexion
  • Blemishes, blackheads, imperfections and even acne

*Keep in mind, oily skin can be caused by weather (extreme heat or humidity), puberty or hormonal changes and stress.

5. Sensitive:

Your skin is very red and rough. You have a hard time finding product that doesn’t cause irritation or allergic reactions.

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Dry
  • Burning sensation after product application

11 Suggestions To Contribute to Your Skin’s Health

Recuperate your skin complexion and consistency with these tips from our experts. Trading out some daily habits and being more mindful of lifestyle factors that could be affecting you will help you figure out how to get better skin. Follow these tips for better skin, all the way from acne treatments to anti-aging.

1. Water: Not only do we need to hydrate, but we also need to consider the water we’re using to wash our face. “Soft” water doesn’t remove soap well and leaves a film on our skin. “Hard” water doesn’t allow you to lather properly, so it will cause you to use more product and create dryness. Hard water is water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium) and soft water is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.

2. Green Tea: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea helps collagen from being destroyed in our skin as well as sun damage. Drink green tea cold, because hot tea can irritate you skin and worsen redness. Anti-inflammatories and antioxidants are our skin’s best friend if we suffer from red or blotchy skin, so swap out your iced coffee for iced green tea, and watch your complexion improve.

3. Stress: We can’t escape stress, but we can manage it. Just like diet and exercise, stress is a huge contributing factor to our skin. Stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. Practice stress-relieving techniques like deep-breathing exercises and yoga to relieve stress and feel calmer.

4. Air Quality: Not only should we avoid smoke of any kind, particularly cigarette smoke, we should also control the air quality in our homes. Change your AC filter regularly. If you cook, use the stove fan, consider getting a humidifier if you live in a dryer climate. They also make affordable air purifiers if you’re unable to control your environment like in an office, so get one for your desk and turn it on when you’re working.

5. Plain Toothpaste: As much as we like a cinnamon flavor, it’s bad for our skin. Added flavors and tartar-control ingredients can lead to perioral dermatitis, which leaves the skin around our mouths looking red, scaly and can cause breakouts.

6. Sun Exposure: Everyone knows you need to wear sunscreen outside, but you also need to be mindful of your sun exposure indoors. UV rays can penetrate windows in your home and office, which can lead to sunspots and skin cancer. You can even get sunburn and sun damage while driving in a car. Studies show more people of wrinkles and sun damage on the left side of their face.

7. Dairy: If you struggle with acne, watch how much dairy you consume. Studies show dairy intake has a 30% increase in breakouts and blemishes. Even organic and skim milk can contribute, so make sure to limit your dairy intake as much as possible. If you consider a dairy free diet, be sure to get your calcium from other foods, like leafy greens or consider a supplement.

8. Cleanser: If you have dry skin, your cleanser is even more important than your moisturizer. Try using a non-soap cleanser to help replace the moisture barrier on your skin. Continue to moisturize after you wash but talk to a professional and make sure you’re using the proper cleanser for you skin type.

9. Water-Based Hair Products: Look for water-based formulas and avoid those containing mineral oil, beeswax, or microcrystalline wax. Conditioners and styling products can contain oils and waxes that clog your pores. Even though you’re not applying it on your face, you still shower, sweat it off, and rub product on your forehead, neck and back.

10. Medication: Talk to your doctor if you’re feeling like your skin is reacting more when using a drug. Antihistamines, diuretics, and some antidepressants can cause dry skin. Some oral contraceptives, antibiotics, fertility drugs, and anti-seizure medications can bring on breakouts. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, and diabetes treatments can make you vulnerable to sun damage.

11. Sleep: Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so you need to make sure you’re giving it enough time to do so. Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours each night. Being sleep-deprived puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.

5 Easy Ways to Reverse Signs of Aging Naturally!

Not only do we have concern about our skin when we get older, there are also other signs of aging that we wish we could do without. Thinning hair, dry hands and yellowing teeth all give away our age. Try these natural ways to help combat not only your skin’s aging, but also other factors we’re self-conscious about. There are plenty of DIY at-home remedies you can try to appear younger.

Keep in mind an active lifestyle is the easiest at home activity you can do to stay younger. Your outer beauty is a direct reflection on your inner health. Try to commit to a regular, daily exercise routine and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. These basics are the best ways you can combat aging from the inside out!

1. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Not only are wrinkles and fine lines a direct result of poor diet, lack of exercise and genetics, but they are also formed by exhaustion. Your skin cells break down and belly fat forms when you’re low on sleep. Cortisol levels lessen when you’re not getting at least 8 hours of sleep, which restores your youthful appearance. Also be sure to drink enough water, at least 8 glasses a day.

2. Get fuller, thicker hair. Almost 50% of women see thinning hair as they get older. Most can be contributed to genetics, but over processing and excessive brushing or styling also is a contributor. Try to give yourself a scalp massage daily (or get your husband to!). You can also soak your hair in coconut oil or olive oil before you wash your hair on your hair washing days. Also consider eating more leafy greens or taking a supplement with zinc, biotin, and iron to improve your overall hair health.

3. Eliminate red eyes. Your bloodshot eyes are not only a sign of lack of sleep but also aging. Excess electronic usage, allergies or even a poor diet are a contributor too. Try consuming more food with antioxidants, to reduce inflammation, like sweet potatoes, cucumbers, garlic and almonds.

4. Moisturize and restore dry hands. Your hands are most often forgotten about when you invest in high priced creams for your face, however they give away our age too. Your hands have very delicate skin, form sunspots early on and tend to show veins because of the thin skin on our wrists and fingers. Try purchasing a luxury hand cream and committing to applying it daily. If you don’t lie lotion on your hands, apply at night and wear gloves to sleep.

5. Whiten your teeth. Healthy, white teeth are the best thing you can do for your face. A yellow or browning smile can give away your age and make you appear unhealthy. Rather than opting for an at home teeth-whitening kit, try “oil washing”. Swish coconut or olive oil around in your mouth for five minutes a day (experts say 20 minutes but strive for five minutes for now and work up to 20). Not only will it help whiten teeth but it will help your overall oral health.  

Lastly, if you notice any drastic change in your oral health, hair or skin, consult with a professional. Premature aging is a sign of your inner health, so if something is out of the ordinary, it’s better to be safe than sorry and talk to your doctor.

5 Ways You Can Tell You’re Aging Too Quickly

Your body has the magical ability to let you know something is wrong by giving you clues on the outside. These signs tell us our bodies are stressed and aging too quickly. Try slowing down and keep an eye on these signs if you think you look older than you really are.

1. Red Eyes

If you know they aren’t due to allergies, your red eyes may be a sign of premature aging. Chronic red eyes are a sign of inflammation and one of the biggest giveaways to our age. Try eating a more alkaline rich diet. Alkaline foods include ripe fruits, sprouts, greens, and other non-starchy vegetables. When you switch out fast food and fatty snacks for more wholesome ones, you will definitely notice a difference in your inflammation all around, your quality of life and most importantly, those red eyes.

2. Droopy Eye Lids

Droopy eye lids not only make us look tired, but they could also be an indicator of premature aging and thyroid dysfunction. In most cases, droopy lids are connected to oxidative stress, which allows free radicals to accumulate and cause cell damage in your body. Try eating blueberries for a snack or munching on carrots, to replenish your body of antioxidants and remember to drink lots of water.

3. Sagging Skin and Wrinkles

Although wrinkles and fine lines are normal as we age, if you’re seeing them early on they are definitely a sign of early aging and stress. Make sure you find a skincare routine to do every day, morning and night. One that is designed to help fight free radicals and prolong the elasticity of your skin with help keep wrinkles at bay and prevent sagging skin. Limit alcohol consumption and if you smoke, stop now while you still can! Of course, diet and exercise are also very important, so make sure you’re eating healthy and if you’re struggling to workout, find a workout buddy and make it daily girl time.

4. Skin Tone Change

Dry skin could be a thyroid problem, so definitely speak with a professional if you’re seeing dry patches or thirsty skin that it out of the norm. A weak thyroid indicates that your adrenals may not be making some of the hormones you need to stay energized and feel young. Give your thyroid and adrenals a break by skipping the soy and caffeine.

Try using whole foods and vegetables to power through your day. When you switch out coffee for a balanced meal, your thyroid can recover, and you will be able to instead rely on your body’s natural ability to sustain itself.

5. Consistent Stress and Fatigue

If your home or job life is stressful and you aren’t taking care of yourself in a way that will help you get rid and manage stress, cortisol is probably running wild in your blood stream, hurting your circulatory system, and helping weight gain. Stress is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, can lead to heart disease and adrenal failure. Ultimately, if you’re stressed out, your body will experience damaging reactions and overall make you feel and look older.

The Top 10 Foods that Quicken the Aging Process

We’ve all heard the old adage; you are what you eat! It’s true, what you consume effects both your vital inner organs, the efficiency of your digestive system, mental agility, and energy levels, as well as your outward appearance.  Weight, visual age and the condition of your skin are all impacted by the foods you regularly consume.  

For instance, if your diet is poor, you use nicotine, consume excess amounts of caffeine or alcohol, you will likely appear older than your actual age. That’s why we’ve decided to call out the worst foods for your skin. We’re not saying to cut them out completely, but if you reserve them only for special occasions, your skin will thank you. 

Here are the top ten foods to avoid help prevent signs of premature aging. 

1. Nitrates
Nitrates are a color and food preservative contained in processed meats, such as deli meats and cheeses, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs. Unfortunately, while nitrites prevent salmonella and other harmful bacteria from residing in cured meats, they also form nitrosamines (cancer-causing chemicals) when you consume too many. That’s why it’s important to stay away from processed meat or buy organic whenever the option allows. 

2. Refined Sugars
While we love to occasionally indulge in chocolate, candy, cookies and baked treats, they don’t love our skin. The high levels of refined sugar contained within these tempting goodies are actually linked to weakening the immune system, causing skin to become dull, thin, and parched. They also rob the body of the collagen and elastin production needed to keep us looking radiant and youthful.

3. Saturated Animal Fats
Saturated animal fats can be found in the fat or skin on meats and even in your favorite cheese. Meats like pork and chicken, as well as high fat dairy products like milk and cream, are the worst culprits. Not only do saturated fats potentially harm your heart health, they cause unsightly blemishes on your skin such as blackheads and pimples. 

4.  Hydrogenated Oil
As delicious as they are, french fries, chicken wings, deep fried bar bites, and chicken fingers and the worst for you. Food that are fried in hydrogenated oils will not only increase your risk of heart disease if you consume them too frequently, they can also increase oil buildup on the surface of your skin. Instead of smearing your bagel with margarine, consider instead, a natural nut butter (like almond butter) and stay away from donuts in favor of a toasted whole wheat English muffin. You will greatly reduce the bacteria that can get trapped on your skin leading to breakouts.

5. Soda 
If you’re addicted to the sugar rush, or the effervescence of soda, you’re not only potentially damaging your oral health and leaving your teeth prone to cavities; you are rising your risk of type 2 diabetes. Soda also causes your skin to become dry, dull and flaky, since you’re replacing it for water. And while diet sodas may not contain as much sugar content, they aren’t any better for your health. Artificial sweeteners contain just as much moisture stripping caffeine, artificial colors, and flavor chemicals. 

6. Caffeine
Coffee… our morning comfort. Now, there’s a big difference between having a cup of coffee in the morning and having a whole pot. Caffeine is a diuretic, which not only dehydrates your body, it also dries out your skin and increases cortisol production, a type of stress hormone that’s linked to accelerated aging.

7. Olestra
Baked versus fried snacks?  Baked potato chips aren’t any better if you expect to have glowing skin. Why? These low-fat baked snacks contain a synthetic fat, Olestra. Olestra strips the body of essential fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K and carotenoids, or antioxidants, causing damage to our digestive systems, aging the skin, and even leaving the skin’s surface prone to lesions and blemishes.

8. Alcohol
While enjoying an occasional beer or a glass of red wine won’t harm your youthful skin, overindulging, and excessive alcohol consumption will damage your liver. This causes liver toxicity, leaving behind a trail of free radicals, and free radicals will cause vasodilatation, the condition behind skin blunders like rosacea. 

9. White Breads & Pastas
Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and baked goods are high on the glycemic index, they increase insulin production. So, they not only leave you at risk of type 2 diabetes, they also leave your skin prone to acne and skin inflammation. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads and pastas are a much better option for your overall health than those of the refined white variety.

10. High-Sodium Snacks
Chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, snack crackers, even the low-fat versions of these snacks wreak havoc on your skin. All made with vegetable oil, they contain large amounts of sodium, to help make up for the lost fat flavor. Not only does a high sodium diet leave us prone to high blood pressure; it also leaves us prone to chronic skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. 

7 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

1. Quit smoking! Not only is it the unhealthiest thing you can do for your body, it speeds up aging and jumpstarts wrinkles. Try a nicotine patch or inhaler if you’re stuck.

2. Eat more antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals, which are what cause us to age. Berries, beans, and prunes are all high in antioxidants, and try eating food that’s high in omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Drink water! Staying hydrated is super important when you’re trying to fight off aging. If you don’t like drinking water, try adding fresh fruit or drinking coconut water.

4. Use a high-quality wrinkle cream. Find a routine that works for your skin type and do it morning and night. Don’t sleep in your makeup and try to incorporate all areas of your face, eyes, laugh lines, neck and forehead, into your regimen.

5. Avoid the sun at all costs. Make sure you apply sunscreen even when you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are the number one contributing factor to wrinkles and can be easily prevented with an SPF.

6. Don’t slack on your beauty rest. An 8-hour night of rest does wonders for your skin. Make sure you’re sleeping enough to give your body time to repair itself and your skin’s regeneration process.

7. Reduce your stress. Try to keep a calm household and minimize your workload. If you find you’re still stressed out, consider doing yoga or learning to meditate.