The sun is out and the heat is on—while summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, it’s even more important to stay on top of your skin care regimen, in addition to your facial exercises. Our skin is at greater risk due to increased exposure to heat and the sun’s damaging rays. Read on for five tips to help your skin stay its beautiful best this time of year and beyond.
1. Wear sunglasses every day. Squinting is not attractive, and worse yet, it leads to deep wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows. Find sunglasses that block 100 percent of harmful UV rays and provide polarized lens to cut the glare caused by the brightness of these long summer days.
2. Avoid simple carbs. If you want to stay swimsuit-ready and keep your skin healthy, avoid starchy and sugar-laden foods as much as possible. This will help prevent wrinkles and slow down the aging process.
3. Wear sunscreen daily and wash it off when you get inside. At a minimum, apply sunscreen to your face, hands, neck and décolletage every single day. For best results, apply it all over your body. If you plan to engage in outdoor activities, make sure to re-apply sunscreen often. Once you go home, cleanse your face thoroughly to avoid clogged pores and breakouts.
4. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. If you eat a diet rich in lean protein, fiber and produce that’s packed with antioxidants, you’ll reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and puffiness. Be sure to load up on vitamin C, which is an antioxidant powerhouse.
5. Drink green tea. The Epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea has antioxidant benefits that have been shown to help protect skin from harmful UV rays and boost the metabolism.
Do your facial exercises daily. You knew I had to touch on this! Your facial exercises should be performed twice a day to combat the signs of aging and even undo some of the past damage. If time is scarce, try the 8-minute supersets available on the Ultimate Facercise DVD.
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