Skin Care 101: Beyond Just Your Face

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Skin Care 101: Beyond Just Your Face
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You probably have your skin regimen down to a T to prevent and reduce the signs of aging on your pretty mug: wash, exfoliate, moisturize, and repeat, day and night. But have you thought about signs of aging and damage on the rest of your body? The same way you care for the delicate skin on your face, you need to build a skin care routine to keep your body looking young and healthy.

The Silky Solution
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The Silky Solution

No woman wants to feel prickly hairs on her legs. Yuck! However, shaving is a form of exfoliation and too much exfoliation can dry out skin. To get the smoothest shave possible without drying skin, opt for shaving gel or cream. This will act as a barrier between your skin and the blade. Most products nowadays are reinforced with moisturizing ingredients like soy extract and vitamin E for an ultra silky feeling. Ladies with sensitive skin should stay away from scented products that can cause irritation.

Squeaky Clean AND Nourished
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Squeaky Clean AND Nourished

In the good ol’ days, soap was used to clean. Nowadays your body wash should both cleanse and nourish skin at the same time. Look for shower creams that contain alpha hydroxy acids, oatmeal or honey that simultaneously exfoliate and hydrate the skin. What's one ingredient to skip as you sing your way through your shower? Drying antibacterial agents.

Slough Away Dryness
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Slough Away Dryness

Problem: dry skin looks unhealthy and dull. Solution: store-bought or homemade body scrubs can cure your lackluster skin blues. Sloughing away dead skin with gentle exfoliants 2-3 times a week unearths your dewy, glowing skin. Look for scrubs with Dead Sea mud, seaweed, pumpkin enzymes or fruit acids for the best results. Stay away from harsh scrubs containing nutshells, which can tear the skin. After all, too much of a good thing can be bad.

Sun Shield
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Sun Shield

Come rain or shine, the simplest thing to do to keep skin looking young and fresh is apply sunscreen. Sunscreen will help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Look for sunscreen with above 30 SPF and with “broad-spectrum” protection (which basically means protection from all forms of UV rays).

Just Fake It
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Just Fake It

UV rays are harmful--duh. To get a safe, “ I just got back from my jaunt in the Bahamas” look, opt for self-tanner. Whether you splurge on a salon application or opt for at-home creams or sprays, you can easily get a bronzed glow that won't damage skin. To keep it from looking patchy as it fades or from turning orange with multiple applications, make sure to exfoliate, which will reduce unsightly self-tan buildup.

Lock In Moisture
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Lock In Moisture

You shouldn’t even have to think about it. After taking a shower, applying body lotion should come as second nature. Lotions help lock in moisture to keep skin hydrated, smooth and healthy. Look for moisturizers with vitamin E, jojoba oil or shea butter and avoid perfumed lotions that can irritate skin.

Pampered Hands
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Pampered Hands

It doesn’t matter how wrinkle-free your face may be, because your hands can easily betray your best-kept secret—your age. Exposed to the elements and punished by frequent washing of dirty dishes, your hands can easily age. Hand lotion keeps skin and cuticles hydrated and healthy. For a deep spa-like treatment, slather on your favorite hand cream under a pair of hand gloves and wear overnight. In the morning you’ll give yourself the softest high-five ever.

The Unwanted Dimples
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The Unwanted Dimples

There are no miracles, ladies. Anti-cellulite creams will not magically get rid of your jiggly parts; only diet and exercise will eradicate those unwanted dimples. However, anti-cellulite lotions can improve the texture of skin, making it look more firm and supple and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Look for products with alpha hydroxy acids, caffeine or chili oil which have skin-tightening and anti-aging properties.

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