The Fashionista of today can be found wearing an original creation called Le Birthday Suit. It is a fetching suit, custom made and altered to fit her perfectly. Well worn, as is evident by the wrinkles and stretch marks, though some would argue that they simply add a little extra charm to this one-of-a-kind piece. We all have just the one Suit, and we all strive to keep in mint condition, however life happens. So what are some things we can stop doing in order to keep this original piece in great shape?
Love The Skin You’re In
We all know that there are things we can do to keep our skin in great shape. Drink more water, moisturize, exfoliate and cleanse. These are the things we try to do, but did you know that there are things we should not do? Who knew that an extra Bloody Mary could be your skin’s undoing? Let’s take a look at some of the things we need to avoid in the name of a great complexion.
- All things in moderation- No one wants to hear it, but sugar and alcohol take a toll on your skin by leaving it red, dull and blotchy. Sugary foods can break down collagen and elastin in the skin. Slow down on the drinks, have one or two at a party, but don’t forget to drink a glass of water for each Mimosa you top off.
- Stop the sun worshipping. Mama was right, use your sunscreen. A lotion with SPF 30 or higher should be used on all of your exposed skin, hands and arms as well, even in the winter.
- Drink less coffee. I know. This one is hard for me too. But coffee, or any caffeine, can dehydrate you and that’s murder on the skin.
- Stop sleeping in your makeup. We’re all guilty of this, but sleeping with your game face on can lead to clogged pores, acne and even bacterial infections. Gross.
- Don’t over cleanse. I realize I just said you can’t sleep in your makeup, but over cleaning is also a harmful thing we tend to do. Use whatever cleanser you need for your skin type at night, moisturize, and in the morning, a simple wash with plain water is good enough.
- No more TV before bed. Bright lights and screens can suppress melatonin. The natural hormone your body produces that makes you sleepy. If you can’t sleep, try some yoga, a warm bath or shower. Don’t short yourself at night. When your melatonin levels drop, your circadian rhythm is thrown off. This can cause your cells not to turn over as efficiently. (This causes even more wrinkles and dullness over time)
- For-the-love, stop picking. Leave the pimples alone! Squeezing them forces some of the dirt and grime even deeper into the pore and can cause even more breakouts. Just… stop.
- Cut the chit-chat. Or at least, get an ear piece for your phone. Holding your phone to your face causes oils to build up and can cause breakouts. Not to mention how many germs are on that thing. When was the last time you cleaned the screen?
- Quit smoking. In addition to the mountain of other bad things it does to your body, it is bad for the skin. It breaks down those elastic fibers in your skin, making it appear saggy and yellowed. Smoking also sends the enzyme responsible for breaking down collagen into overdrive.
- Stop squinting. If you can’t see, make an appointment with your optometrist. If it’s too bright outside, wear sunglasses. Squinting harms the delicate skin around the eyes and can cause crow’s feet to deepen. (also known as smile lines, but please, by all means, keep smiling, Beautiful!)