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5 Skin Care Tips for 2016

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5 Skin Care Tips for 2016

Good skin care can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come. You don't need to spend hours a day on an intensive skin care regimen. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause premature wrinkles, age-related spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen – SPF of at least 15

  • Seek Shade – especially between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

  • Wear Protective Clothing – cover your skin and consider special sun-protective clothing

2. Kick that smoking habit

Smoking contributes to wrinkles and makes your skin look older. Smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

3. Treat your skin gently

Shaving and cleansing can be hard on your skin. Keep these tips in mind to avoid stressing out your skin with daily skin care:

  • Limit bath time and use warm rather than hot water – prolonged water exposure and hot water strips your skin from essential oils.

  • Avoid strong soaps – choose mild cleansers

  • Shave carefully – use shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving.

  • Pat dry – gently pat or blot your skin dry so that some moisture remains on your skin.

  • Moisturize – use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type. For daily use, consider one that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn't clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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