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10 Daily Skin Care Essentials


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Bad Habits (A Lack of Them, Actually)
Your lungs are saying no and your skin is saying no. It's two against one, deal with it.
Your lungs are saying no and your skin is saying no. It's two against one, deal with it.
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You've started wearing sunscreen and eating better. You go for a jog every morning now that you're going to bed on time and getting a good night's rest. But darned if there isn't usually a soda can or a coffee cup parked innocently on your desk every day, and after work, you still enjoy the occasional cigarette or frosty cold one now and then.

These little foibles might not seem like a big deal, but they're often displayed plain as day on your face, which suffers from activities like smoking and drinking caffeine and alcohol. Smoking slows blood flow to the skin which robs it of oxygen and nutrients, and can also lead to a more aged appearance -- puckered mouths inhaling smoke and squinted eyes keeping it out can cause an abundance of extra wrinkles.

Drinking alcohol and caffeine can both dehydrate skin, so if you absolutely can't kill your craving for a cup of joe or a glass of wine, try to make up for it by drinking plenty of water. Alcohol can also damage blood vessels over time, causing spots of skin to turn permanently red.

But now that we've dealt with the "don'ts," let's head over to the last couple of "do's."


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