Skin care is an important part of being healthy. After all, your skin is your body’s first defense against the outside world. Taking care of your skin is of vital importance and is now easier than ever. Here are a few simple things you should stop doing right now to improve your skin’s complexion.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is not only bad for your overall health; it is also bad for your skin. Skin becomes wrinkly at a faster rate for those who smoke. The elasticity in your skin breaks down, causing your skin to sag and crease prematurely. In addition, smoking thins skin and can deplete the amount of collagen present in your skin cells. Worst of all, smoking deprives your skin of oxygen. It causes your pores clog with blackheads and slowly emit the odor of smoke.

Don’t Tan

No matter how you get your tan, it is bad news when it comes to skin care. The ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning causes extreme damage to your skin cells. Cumulative damage from tanning can lead to wrinkles or sagging skin, brown spots on the skin and even skin cancer. Ensuring that you use sunscreen every day will help protect your skin from these harmful UV rays. Before you head to a tanning salon, think about the money you are about to spend. You could be spending much more than that in the future to reverse the damage the tanning causes.

Stop Forgetting to Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin is an important part of maintaining its appearance. Lip balm, face creams, body lotions – they all play a part in keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Forgetting to moisturize can lead to dry skin that can crack and appear ashy or brittle. Keeping skin moisturized keeps it looking fresh and plump and can help to prevent wrinkles later on in life. Moisturizing on a regular basis will help skin to maintain its youthful glow.

Don’t Eat Junk

Soft drinks, sugary snacks and even white bread all play a part in clogging your pores. An increase in these types of foods in one’s diet causes insulin levels to go up. It can also cause skin to dry up and thicken, clogging pores and creating blackheads and pimples. Eating more whole grain foods, fruits, and vegetables can help prevent problems like this and give your skin a perfect complexion.

Don’t be Lazy

Laziness is the number one thing preventing many from having a perfect skin complexion. Simple things like washing your face twice a day and following up with a great moisturizer can keep your skin healthy and glowing. Washing your face daily prevents pores from clogging, as well as helps to rinse away the grime and pollution from the air. Having clean skin means having healthy skin. Schedule in skin care every single day to keep your face looking it’s absolute best.

Taking care of your skin should become a regular part of your routine. Skin care is simple enough to implement, and nearly anyone can obtain a beautiful, glowing complexion in just a matter of days.

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