Look Inside and Find Out

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Look great now—and what you can do to look even better by next month.

Is there such a thing as “instant” beauty?Yes and no. Some products can give you a quick and effective fix when you need it most—like the time your high school reunion fell the same week you had absolutely no sleep. Other products need time, and that’s good, too, because they actually heal the skin for a truly natural glow.

One month

You can find a lot of super-powered but affordable skin regimens that can dramatically reduce the signs of skin aging. You can even start to see the result within a week, but the most important thing is to keep on using the product, REGULARLY. In fact, it’s best to stick to something for at least a month. Other things to consider.

  1. STOP THAT BAD BEAUTY HABIT!

The biggest mistake any woman can make is to do a ‘buffet-style’ beauty regimen. We try one product for a few days, switch to another, switch back. Or in the takaw tingin mode, we mix several very strong products from different lines and use at the same time, thinking “if this works, five will work better!” This could irritate the skin. “It’s not how much you use but how regularly you apply.”

  1. DECIPHER THE LABEL

Emollients are oils that soften the skin while retaining moisture. This includes butters and mineral oils, but skin experts say lanolin, jojoba and squaline are closest to the skin’s natural sebum. Result:less likely to clog pores.

Elastin and Amino Acids help bind water to the skin, ideal for sun-damaged or dehydrated skin-but won’t help skin actually retain water. Soothing agents helps reduce redness and skin irritation. Good for sensitive or damaged skin. These includes Green Tea, Chamomile Extracts.

Antioxidants prevents damage from free radicals, but the packaging of the product’s crucial. These detoriate when expose to air and sunlight, so the bottles should be opaque. Small dispensers also minimize air exposure.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Beta hydroxy acids ( BHAs) clear pores and remove dead skin. Studies show how glycolic acid and lactic acid are most effective. Any product with AHA makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so use sun protection. They are usually found in night moisturizers.

Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation,UVA nd UVB, damage the skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB.

UVA and UVB protection protects your skin from sun damage, ideally at least SPF 15.

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