We women are always on the quest for a new miracle product that will either give us an instant face-lift or make us look younger right away.
Many of us dip into our purse and spend unnecessary dollars on anti-aging creams in an attempt to ‘repair’ our dry, wrinkled skin. We cake on the concealer in an attempt to cover up imperfections.
But, Elise Danh, licensed cosmetologist and esthetician, has a simple secret: our diet and lifestyle has an impact on how our skin looks.
Wait a sec. Before you go and criticize the simplicity of that statement test it out and try these three simple steps. Unlike buying beauty products, following these steps won’t cost you your mortgage. And, Danh says if you consistently do these three things for at least 30 days you will see visible results in how your skin looks and feels.
- Drink eight, 8oz. glasses of water a day
- Limit excessive exposure to the sun
- Use a moisturizer with SPF 8 or higher twice a day (in the morning and at night)
Here’s Danh’s explanation.
Our bodies are made up of 75 percent water.
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So, during the winter months when the air around us is dry and the heat in our homes is turned up, zapping our skin of all its moisture, our skin is thirsty. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, Danh says.
Hydrating is the key to healthier skin and anti-aging.
That’s why the eight, 8oz. glasses of H2O a day is necessary.
Don’t fake-n-bake; get a spray tan instead.
During the winter we obviously aren’t basking in the rays of sunshine and getting a tan like in those summer months. So, when Danh says “limit excessive exposure to the sun” that means say “No” to tanning.
This will be as difficult for some women as it is for me to say “no” to a cup of peanut butter ice cream mixed with brownie pieces from Cold Stone Creamery, but it’s something we have to do – our skin (or in my case, figure) depends on it.
It goes to show you, Danh says, that the simplest remedies are often ones right in front of our eyes.
Elise Thuy-Hang Danh is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. Click here to read more about Elise in "The Face Behind the Make-Up"