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Monday, 27 September 2010

5 Surprising Ways You're Ruining Your Skin

Dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross (who is a constant stream of amazing skincare advice) lists five practices that could negatively affect your skin.

1. Outdated glasses/contact lens prescription:
Anything that makes you squint — like reading or working in a poorly lit room, or not updating your contact lens prescription — leads to more fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. Get thee to an eye doctor, stat!

2. Steam rooms: We all love a good detoxifying sesh in a steam room or sauna, but Dr. Gross says to limit your exposure to these extreme-heat bad boys because they decompose skin's elastin and collagen. Eeeeek!

3. Running (or any high-impact exercise):
"While such exercise may benefit our hearts, it can cause the fat pads to slide south, and collagen and elastin to break down. If you enjoy running, try walking," explains Dr. Gross. OMG — remember on Ally McBeal when Jane Krakowski's character invented the face bra for jogging? It was for this!

4. Not sleeping: Okay, it's not news that pulling an all-nighter makes your skin look like crud the next day, but did you know that chronic sleep deprivation leads to long-term skin probs? "Lack of sleep can be so stressful that it actually causes our bodies, including our skin, to generate free radicals," says Dr. Gross. More free radicals mean you look older, faster.

5. Tap water: Chlorine in tap water can strip the natural oils from skin and cause dryness and irritation, especially in the winter when there is less humidity in the air to balance it out. I can vouch for that — I bought a new showerhead with a built-in water filter and have noticed fewer dry patches on my legs.

Source: Yahoo beauty blog


Anonymous said...

Emmm, Dr Gross advice on High Impact Exercise is as good as a black woman's excuse for not exercising. The loss of collagen etc is not from running, sometimes a person who loses weight (which can be attributed to HI exercises) loses fat on their face, skin is saggy...etc. Running does not damage your skin...unless you refuse to wash your face after working out.

ShadeNonconformist said...

Yeah i read this yesterday and, like other commenters agreed, i must say the no running advice to prevent my skin from being damaged is just a bunch of hogwash. Like seriously!

I would rather ruin my skin and be healthy than have beautiful skin and be unhealthy. At least the ruined skin can be fixed.

jobsfornaija said...

Am guilty of the squinting one. i have glasses but hate wearing them! thanks for the tips

skankmypeaceofmind said...

all these ones na bollox. i saw it on yahoo yesterday. you only live once...why inhibit yourself? after all you don't know when you're gonna die.

Anonymous said...

all this bull is for the birds, you ain't nothing but a vulture.

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