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The 10 skin commandments

(Self) Thou shalt always use sunscreen
Of all the skin sins, going out unprotected is the worst. UV rays cause 90 percent of wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging.

Honor the change of seasons
What your complexion craves in warm weather (less oil! Ample sunscreen!) is different from the TLC it requires in cooler temps…

A few months from now, dry winter air will rob moisture from your skin, says Marsha Gordon, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City for St. Ives. Stick with your daytime SPF-laced lotion, but also apply a rich cream at night to keep skin supple…

Leave no skin unbuffed
"Your skin regenerates every 28 days on average, but this process slows down — even as early as your mid-20s," says David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. Exfoliating removes dead cells lying on skin's surface, revealing prettier skin…

Love thy skin in the a.m. and p.m.
Your antiaging plan should be a twice-a-day habit, like brushing your teeth. A consistent routine gives you healthier, younger-looking skin not only now but in 10, 20, even 30 years, says Jeffrey Dover, M.D., co-author of "
The Youth Equation"…

Give the body it’s daily moisturizer
The skin on your body has far fewer oil glands than your face (100 per 1/2-inch square versus 900), making it prone to flakes. Never miss a chance to hydrate…

Covet thy covers
"When you're sleep-deprived, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol," says Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, M.D., a dermatologist in Miami. And excess cortisol has been linked to acne, as well as sensitive and dry skin…

Never (ever!) pop or touch pimples
"Your hands can transfer more breakout-inducing bacteria to the area," Dr. Blyumin-Karasik says. "And most people squeeze too hard, causing trauma to skin."…

Treat thy body as thou would thy face
Dr. Dover … advises rubbing skin treatments all the way down to your cleavage, then wiping the excess on your hands, too.

Get thee to a gym
Aside from keeping you healthy, energized and slim, working out has specific benefits for your complexion…

Eat thy fruit, vegetables and fish
New research suggests a healthy diet may fend off your skin's top enemies. Phytochemicals and antioxidants (in leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, etc.) and fatty acids from fish such as salmon allow your body to fight sun-induced damage. Low-glycemic foods (with fewer sugars) may prevent collagen breakdown by reducing cell inflammation and subsequent destruction of skin's support structure.

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