5 Surprising Ways You're RUINING Your Skin!

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. Here's 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 Outdated glasses/contact lens prescription: Anything that makes you squint — like reading or working in a poorly lit room, or not updating your contact lens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, you've GOT to limit your exposure to these extreme-heat bad boys because they decompose skin's elastin and collagen. Eeeeek! When I worked at a Spa I would use their sauna regularly! I take hot hot baths 1-2 times a week! It's my getaway while reading a good book!

3.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," Why do you think we're suppose to wear a sports bra? Ya.

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," More free radicals mean you look older, faster. And we all know that not getting enough sleep can contribute to weight gain. Curses.

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. So MOISTURIZE like crazy people! Remember that grapeseed oil? Ya, I may start slathering my body!
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