10 beauty lessons, our moms were right about
"Junk food will damage your skin"
Recent study proved that people who replace processed carbohydrates with foods high In protein and whole grains have less skin problems. The reason? High-glycemic foods cause your blood sugar to rise, leading to a surge of insulin. Insulin stimulates the hormones, called androgens that contribute to oily skin and scalp and promote the appearance of pimples. Remove the junk food from your menu and you will notice improvement in your skin after only six weeks.
"Eat your vegetables"
Changing the snacks with carrots may help you in the fight with wrinkles. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants can help protect the skin. Scientist have found that diets rich in antioxidants can improve the sun protection (and thus the fight against wrinkles).
"If you keep making that face, it’ll freeze like that"
Your expression won’t be paralyzed in an instant, but repeated movements will create wrinkles over time. The muscle contractions of the face make skin lying over them to be pulled and scrunched. Many of the wrinkles in the upper part of the face are caused by these multiple repetitive movements. Prevention of such wrinkles is simple and easy: relax, wear sunglasses and don’t read in low light.
"Don’t ever let me catch you smoking!"
Besides the obvious health risks, smoking makes you look older. Every time you puff on a cigarette, you breathe in toxins that cause the production of free radicals - this means wrinkling and sagging of the skin over time. Quit smoking now and you will see improvements in the color and the texture of your skin after one mouth due to normalized blood flow. Eventually, you will notice that you have fewer wrinkles and your skin has become soft and firm.
"Get your hair out of your face"
Hair on your face means oil (from the scalp) on your skin. Add styling products in the mix and here’s an unpleasant surprise – blackheads and pimples. If you wear bangs (which is a good way to hide imperfections on the forehead), wash it with shampoo daily or every other day and stick to the oil- and silicone-free styling products. If, however, you don’t see any improvement, just leave your bangs to grow and fold it backwards or sideways – this will ensure the reduction of dark spots and acne on the forehead.
"Don’t bite your nails"
Nail biting is not only a terrible habit: it also weakens the nails and makes them break and split, it can cause infection (because even a minor wound around the nail is a portal for bacteria) and can cause permanent damage. Nail biting can cause damage to the nail bed, which will prevent a smooth and proper growth of the nail. Bright nail polish may make you think before you start to chew your fingernails. However, if this is something permanent, consider consultation psychotherapist – a reason for biting the nails may be chronic anxiety and other problems.
"Stop picking at your skin"
One big zit is hard to ignore, but it is better to resist the temptation and to keep your hands away from it. Squeezing moves the contents of the pimple laterally, which increases inflammation, swelling and redness, and can cause scarring. Plus, once you start digging it will take more time to heal and disappear.
"It’s late, time to go to bed"
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleep deprivation causes stress which leads to skin irritation in any form, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. Sleep is the time when your body is recovering from the damage from the day and interrupting that process will slow down cell turnover.
"Sit like a lady"
Yes, cross your legs. But do it in the ankles, instead of the knees, to help prevent spider veins. So if you notice them, try not to cross your legs, but if you want to get rid of them, doctors recommend sclerotherapy.
"Always wash your face before you go to sleep"
Leaving the skin “marinated” in makeup throughout the day can lead to clogged pores and pimples, especially if you’re prone to acne. Your body temperature rises slightly when you sleep and this can increase absorption by the skin of whatever's on the surface. So it is advisable to have only beneficial ingredients on your face when you sleep, this means retinol and moisturizing ingredients like glycerin. If you are too tired to wash your face, clean it with special wet wipes for makeup removing.
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