Just when us gals in the
beauty department get all cocky and think we have our
skin-beautifying routines all figured out (sunscreen every day, the
right products for our skin type, eating plenty of antioxidant-rich
foods, etc.), some smartypants dermatologist comes along and dishes
out a bunch of new info to consider. We recently chatted with Dr.
Dennis Gross (who is a constant stream of amazing skincare advice,
BTW), and he opened my eyes to these 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 Outdated glasses/contact lens prescription: Anything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!
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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!
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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!
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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
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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
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Obviously, if running is your passion then no one is suggesting you
give it up. But maybe a trip to the eye doctor is in order, and get
your sleep issues under control, why dontcha?
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