With time comes knowledge, and hopefully you have learned that you only have one face. When you make an expression, those pesky lines aren’t going away as swiftly as they once did. You might also be noticing your skin isn’t as radiant as it once was. The prime reason for the dullness in your complexion is that your dead skin cells are not naturally shedding as quickly. To counter this, you should attempt to exfoliate twice a week.
1) Try using an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) based mask or a physical exfoliator.
2) If you’re looking for a way to really jump-start your skin, drink a cup of warm water with half a fresh lemon in it once a morning before breakfast and save the other lemon half. At night after you wash your face, wait 5 minutes then take the rest of the lemon and squeeze it on to a cotton ball—watch for pulp. Gently rub your face and wait for 10 minutes to wash it off-it may sting, but should go away. Lemon is a great purifier and makes the skin look amazing; it tightens, brightens and is a natural astringent. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer once your skin has fully dried.
3) Glycolic peels are great, but should be done in moderation. Always keep in mind that exfoliation is all about taking off the old dead skin, and not taking off the new skin underneath it.
4) If your skin is still lackluster, try using a serum with a vitamin A or retinol. Both ingredients help with fine lines, acne and uneven skin tone.
5) Make sure your moisturizer has an SPF and is anti-aging. Pay attention to your neck and chest and use an SPF 25 or higher on these areas. You may need more hydration then you did when you were 23.
6) Your skin isn’t producing as much collagen and will not be flushing out as many toxins- think of puffiness around your eyes and wear an eye cream.
7) Dry skin makes you look a lot older, so along with a great skin care regimen, drink tons of water.
8) Oh, and we hope you’ve stopped smoking and laying in the sun-you don’t want to look like an old leather boot when you’re 60, do you?
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