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10 Beauty Routines That Pay Off in the Long Run

Staying Hydrated

Staying Hydrated

Everything in your body needs water, and dehydration is what causes gray, dull skin and exacerbates the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Staying hydrated keeps your skin moisturized and gives you that glow you’ve always wanted. Aim to drink an adequate amount of water each day, and your skin will look and feel better. Plus, your health will improve in general.

Eating Leafy Greens

Eating Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are the best way to fight off the skin-damaging free radicals. Maintaining a diet consistently focused on dark, leafy greens is one of the best things you can do for your skin. It might not seem like a “beauty routine,” but I assure you that what you put into your body is just as powerful as what you put on it. By eating leafy greens daily throughout your life, you’ll add extra protection from the sun and thus have younger-looking, healthier skin when you’re older.

Flossing Everyday

Flossing Everyday

You only get one set of teeth, but for some reason most of us neglect them. Brushing every morning and night helps, though it’s not enough to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. To prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease, floss your teeth at least once a day. You might not think it’s a big deal, but I promise you’ll regret your lack of dental hygiene when you have a root canal or end up with dentures.

Moisturizing

Moisturizing

As you age, skin loses its elasticity. So, you have to take preventative measures early. By applying moisturizer twice daily to your whole body, you’ll improve the overall quality of your skin. The best part is that diligent moisturization is both instant and long-lasting. Listening to your skin is key here; if you’ve moisturized but still feel like your skin is too dry, then apply some more. You won’t regret it!

Applying Sunscreen Daily

Applying Sunscreen Daily

Everyone knows excessive sun exposure is the last thing skin needs. Aside from the risk of skin cancer, it also leads to prematurely aging skin. Wrinkles, sunspots, and fine lines will abound if you don’t apply sunscreen each day—cold weather days included. At the very least you should use a gentle sunscreen to protect your face, but applying sunscreen to the rest of your body is the best choice. You’ll be glad you did when you’re in your sixties and have fewer wrinkles than all of your friends.

Always Using Upward Strokes

Always Using Upward Strokes

This rule applies to all forms of skin care. When you slather on moisturizer, do it in upward strokes. When you’re putting on your makeup, do it in upward strokes. Maintaining the upward motion prevents sagging and stretching of the skin on your face, particularly around the eyes and mouth. It can be a hard thing to remember when you’re use to slapping stuff on in a haphazard manner, but do your best, and it will be a habit in no time!

Scrubbing Your Face With a Washcloth

Scrubbing Your Face With a Washcloth

No harsh exfoliating creams needed here. Instead of purchasing exfoliating products from the store, which are full of chemicals and little beads that can actually hurt you when rubbed around, just use a washcloth. Gently scrub the surface of your skin with a warm, damp cloth in upward motions. This is just as effective at removing dead skin, and it won’t leave you feeling raw or dry.

 

Exfoliating Your Body

Exfoliating Your Body

Just like your face, you need to exfoliate every inch of your skin. You can use a washcloth if you want something super gentle, yet effective, or you can use another method, like brown sugar and coconut oil. Exfoliating your skin removes dead cells and flakes, prevents ingrown hairs, and primes your skin to absorb that moisturizer you’re applying twice a day. Your skin will feel silky and healthy, and it will keep that glow for decades as long as you’re consistent.

Not Bleaching Your Hair

Not Bleaching Your Hair

While it’s fun to change up your look, it’s the number one way to wreck your hair, and it leads to irreversible damage later in life. Bleaching hair, in particular, can lead to thinning or loss of hair, and you won’t be proud of those blonde locks when they're paper-thin. Stop bleaching your hair now so that you have hair to enjoy later.

Deep Conditioning

Deep Conditioning

Hair changes as you age. The color changes, the thickness changes, and it becomes drier and more brittle. You can lessen the last one, though. Regular deep conditioning treatments, whether they be professional or at-home, repair damage from heat styling and regular wear and tear. Proper moisturization prevents and repairs breakage so that you can grow longer and stronger hair for many years. So, go on, and get started!