Is 50 the new 30?

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How to grow old gracefully.

“Women are looking younger than ever because we know more about how to take care of our skin,” says Doris J. Day, M.D., a New York City dermatologist
and author of Forget the Facelift. In fact, only 30 percent of how we age is based on our genes. “The rest are factors we can control.” Try her skin saving tricks to welcome every birthday.

Make it a Habit
“Your skin is your greatest asset for looking good,” says Dr. Day. She advocates cleansing (to prevent clogged pores), moisturizing (to quench dry patches) and using sun protection with at least SPF 15 daily. “There is no greater enemy than sun overexposure,” says Dr. Day. Use an exfoliating scrub twice a week to slough off dead skin. Once a month, treat yourself to a tightening facial mask: Mix together 1 tsp each ground almonds and tea tree oil, 1 Tbsp honey and 1 egg white; apply to face and leave on for 3 to 5 minutes.

You Are What You Eat
“A healthy diet has a huge impact on your skin,” says Dr. Day. Avoid simple sugars and unhealthy fats; load up on raw fruits and vegetables, which are rich in skin enhancing antioxidants; and consume lots of fiber and water. “All these nutrients will go into your bloodstream and will show on your glowing face,” she says. Dr. Day also advises to take it easy on alcohol, which dehydrates skin, and to kick the cigarette habit.
Get moving “Physical activity is good for every organ, including your skin,” she says. It reduces stress and boosts circulation, which makes you look radiant. Hate the treadmill? Sign up for some sexy salsa classes instead.

Nurture Your Soul
Dr. Day truly believes changing your attitude can clear up your skin. The ultimate anxiety buster? Embrace your age instead of fretting about it: Women, like fine wine, get better with time. “Experience and wisdom make us special, and that should be celebrated.”

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