Seven Habits of Women with Great Skin

Think women with naturally beautiful skin are just lucky? Probably not!

Seven Habits of Those with “Lucky” Skin

We all know those women—the ones whose skin always looks annoyingly flawless.

They claim they don’t do anything special, don’t need to bother with foundation or concealer, only see the dermatologist for an annual skin cancer check, and heck, don’t even wash their faces in the morning!

We’re here to say: yeah, right. There may be a miniscule percentage of women who can genuinely make those claims. But believe us, the rest of these supposedly natural beauties have several skincare secrets they simply choose not to spill. So we’re going to reveal them for you!

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Habit #1: They never go to bed with their makeup on.

It can be tempting—especially after a late night—to fall into bed without bothering to cleanse your skin. No big real, right? Well, if you routinely skip this important step, it will start to take its toll. “Leaving your makeup on can clog pores, and that means that the oil normally secreted by the pores can get trapped, causing a build up of dead skin cells and eventually breakouts,” explains David Bank, M.D., director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, NY. Sleeping in eye makeup can lead to irritation—meaning you could wake up with red, itchy eyes. “And while leaving makeup on your skin overnight won’t directly cause wrinkles, it can suck moisture out of your skin, making any lines you have look more prominent by the time the alarm goes off,” he says. Save your skin by doing a quick rinse with a gentle facial cleanser that won’t strip skin of moisture (like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser).

Habit #2:  They wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without sunscreen.

It’s a simple fact: Women who shield their skin from the sun look younger, have fewer wrinkles, and smoother, evenly toned complexions. That’s because the sun’s ultra-violet rays are the number one culprit for damaging collagen—the support structure of the skin. Bank recommends using a daily moisturizer with SPF 30, which contains potent sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Use it every day—whether the forecast calls for sun or clouds. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 80 percent of UV rays can pass through clouds.

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Habit #3: They get their beauty sleep.

There are several good reasons why you don’t look your best when you don’t get your requisite hours of z’s. Nighttime is your skin’s time to repair and restore itself after the day’s assault. “Your skin accumulates toxic damage all day long,” says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine. While you’re sleeping, enzymes come in, cut out bits of damaged DNA in the cells and facilitate repair. “If you get enough sleep, your skin cells have a chance to rest and refuel for the next day’s battle,” she says.

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