Saturday, February 25, 2012

Get Ready To Show Some Skin

Whatever your birth date, look even more amazing naked with these tips for showing off smooth, luminous skin all over.

Glow head to toe - The skin on your body ages the same way the skin on your face does. Cell turnover slows and collagen breaks down, causing scaliness and sagging. Keep skin supple with a body cream that contains exfoliating acids to remove dry layers. Look on the label for H2O-attracting hyaluronic acid and collagen-building peptides to soften and firm. Try Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream, $29.

Make Veins Vanish - Spider veins. Most of us get them because as we age, valves in leg veins wear out. As a result, blood pools and veins become visible through skin. To erase them, ask your doctor about Asclera injections, which use a local anesthetic to damage nonworking blood vessels. Afterward, the vessels break down and the body absorbs them. It's about $400 a session, two or more are typical.

Diminish Dimples - The number of fat cells you have is determined by your DNA, but your diet and lifestyle can make them grow. When they plump up, they can press against skin's top layers, creating the rippling effect. There are many creams that might help, but most dermatologists still say the holy grail ingredient is caffeine, which draws water from cells, temporarily giving skin a tighter look. Use coffee grinds as a kind of 'scrub' for problem areas in the shower.

Nurture your neck - Your neck gets major sun, and lots of us don't use SPF on our necks. Lighten sun spots by apply a hydroquinone cream at night and a sunscreen every A.M. Try $5.50 for Ambi Skin Discoloration Fade Cream, with 2 percent hydroquinone. There aren't many sebaceous glands in the neck (Or eyelids), so skin can get extra dry, saggy and creased. To fight wrinkles, apply an anti-aging face cream or neck-specific treatment packed with mega moisturizers. For example, hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

Rebuild Collagen Naturally - Sleep deprivation doesn't only wreck your mood; it can also hamper the production and quality of collagen, a building block of healthy skin. Six to eight hours of sleep a night.

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