Avoid these makeup mistakes that make you look years older

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2012-11-09 09:33

It might not be possible (yet) to turn back the hands of time, but for great skin, there are many steps you can take that can make you appear more youthful if you avoid certain makeup mistakes.

You may be making some very common mistakes in your skin care and makeup routine that actually will cause you to look years older. Oprah and Huffington Post share the best beauty secrets from top experts.

First and foremost, there are a couple of things you can do to slow down the aging of your skin: Wear sunscreen and stop smoking. Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems in addition to the increased risk of skin cancer. Wear a sunscreen of at least 15, even on cloudy days, on your face and neck. Apply it early - at least 20 minutes before leaving the house. If you plan to spend all day outdoors, be sure to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Smoking also makes your skin look older by narrowing the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fiber that give your skin its strength. The American Cancer Society offers a complete guide on how to quit smoking – and stay quit.

Clean Skin is Healthy Skin
Clean skin is also an important step toward a more youthful appearance. The goal is to unclog pores, dissolve dirt and makeup, and remove excess oils. A simple, gentle cleanser made for the face is enough, says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch MD. You do not need a product that offers a bunch of “extras” that wash downs the drain. Her favorite cleansers are those you can buy at any drugstore across the country, such as Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash at just $6 a bottle.

Remember that before you begin washing your face and putting on makeup – wash your hands! Our hands are carrying around billions of bacteria at any given time which inevitably gets transferred to our face. Bacteria is the number one culprit of skin breakouts.

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