Posted by Onika Singh on December 02, 2012
<strong>Cloudy outside? Skip sunblock as you may not need it today. Flip the anti-aging cream as it has not given what you wanted in 2 weeks. Sleep on with mascara too tired to wipe off makeup?</strong>

Not applying sunscreen protection
Neil Sadick, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist blames, "Not saving your skin for sun is major factor for skin ageing. No matter it shows in sky or not, sun's rays reach you always (except at night), regardless of cloudy, snowy, rainy. Even skin-damaging UV rays can penetrate through glass, so you need to apply sun protection even indoors,” says Sadick.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from UV rays, UVA and UVB and PF of at least 30.

Neglecting your hands and neck The face is not the only part of body exposed to sun. The UV rays harm your arms, necks as much as face and the sad part is that these are the most neglected areas.

Notice the dry skin, rough patches, dark spots, or loose skin, all these are signs of early ageing, says Dr. Sadick. Apply moisturizer and sunblock lotion generously on arms, hands and beck as you would on face.

Spot treating acnes Women even at 40 are not immune to the pimple problems. Spot treatments are no solution to treat acne as they only leave the skin dried up, result in rough patches and provide no help in healing acne. Carolyn Jacob, MD, director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, suggests applying a cleanser with acne fighting abilities, to heal the existing ones and prevent further breakouts!

Going to bed with make up layer Its easy to give cleanser a skip on seeing bed after a hectic day at work or a late night party, but definitely not a healthy idea to go to bed with a painted face. Skipping a cleanser at night can lead to breakouts later.

Dr. Sadick points out that environmental toxins reside on the exposed skin and can enter pores that results in breakout later or several skin issues. Its better to use a cleanser before hitting the sack, keep a bottle and cotton pads nearby to avoid the hassle.

Bouncing from one product to another soon The new anti aging cream is not delivering within 7 days or the moisturizing is not giving desired suppleness? Give it some more time literally! Our skin takes four months process to regenerate collagen and elastin.

Dr. Jacob recommends, “One skin cycle takes 30 days [for new cells to reach the top layer of skin], so in order to see a real difference in texture, tone, and clarity, you need to use it for more than a month,” she says.

Trying everything and anything at a time Don't raid your skin with the beauty products. In fact, try one at a time so that you can see clearly what's working and what not. “Start with one at a time, and integrate a new product every two weeks,” says Dr. Jacob.

Skipping on sleep This is an age old secret to skin, mental and physical ailments, having a dose of 8 hour sleep. "During the day, our skin cells are battling against an onslaught of stressors, like UV rays and pollution. Sleep is vital because stress hormones drop to normal levels at night, giving cells time to repair and rejuvenate," suggests Dr. Jacob.

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