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Beware of five things that will make you look older
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Beware of five things that will make you look older

These are the five BIG things every woman of every age should beware of:

1. Smoking
All doctors agree that smoking is one of the biggest agers. It causes all sorts of skin issues. It makes skin look leathery, sallow and dry. And the effects of smoking are cumulative, so the longer you smoke, the older your skin will look. The good news is, it's never too late to quit.

The sun2. The sun
This is right up there with smoking as the biggest contributor to aged skin. It causes free radical damage to the skin's structure, dark spots that make you look older, and even skin cancer. Solution: wear sunscreen daily and avoid excessive sun exposure. It's never too late to start applying a sunscreen. Just be sure to make it at least an SPF15. To lighten the dark spots you already have, try iS Clinical White Lightening Serum and White Lightening Complex.

Dull complexion3. Dull complexion
If you're not deep cleansing or exfoliating your skin on a regular basis, dead skin cells start to build up, making the complexion look dull. To make matters worse, all these dead skin cells also block treatment products and moisturizers from penetrating. So no matter how pricey your anti-aging serum or moisturizer is, if you have a build up of dead skin, you're wasting your money. To solve the problem, deep cleanse the skin with Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System and exfoliate regularly with Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pads.

Excessive Dryness4. Excessive dryness
Dry, rough, flaky skin always looks older and lacks the youthful glow we all strive for. So don't forget to hydrate morning and night. If you're already applying a moisturizer twice a day, you may need a booster such as the iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum or a more nourishing moisturizer. Additionally, you may need to cut back on sweets. That's right, sweets can cause dryness. Overloading on carbohydrates and sweets damages elastin and collagen. The result: dry flaky skin.

Puffy eyes5. Puffy eyes
Not getting enough sleep is the leading cause of under eye puffiness. So get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Alcohol consumption as well as a high sodium intake will also make your eyes puffy. So stay away from salty foods, especially late at night, and back off on alcohol. Limit yourself to one drink and then switch to water. Another usual suspect of under eye puffiness are allergies. Try an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec. For a quick fix, try Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel. For best results, store it in the fridge so it's nice and cool when you apply it in the morning.