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3 Steps To Better Skin

Let's separate fact from fiction when it comes to your FACE. There are a lot of skin care rumors out there, but believing bad info could cost you money - and damage your skin. So, here are the facts:

- Squeaky-clean skin isn't a good thing. If your face feels tight after you wash it, you're damaging your skin. That's because over-cleansing strips skin of its natural oils and weakens its protective barrier. That means you're not as protected from germs and dirt - and you're more susceptible to irritation and dehydration. In fact, dermatologists say it's better to wash your face at night - to get rid of all the dirt and pollution that's collected on it during the day. That'll help your skin regenerate and produce collagen as you sleep. Then, in the morning, just rinse your face with cool water, no soap, put on your sunscreen and you're good to go.

- Eating junk food causes breakouts. But not because it's greasy and fatty. The real culprits are sugar and simple carbohydrates. They cause blood sugar and insulin to spike, inflaming your skin. Instead, do your face a favor and stock up on foods and beverages that contain anti-inflammatory properties, like green tea, broccoli, and fish. In fact, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish like salmon have been linked with a 32% DECREASE in acne when eaten once a week.

- Oily skin doesn't wrinkle as much as dry skin. That's the upside of having pimples - the oil keeps your skin supple. Oily skin tends to be thicker, so it has more protection from the elements that age skin. And in particular, women with oily skin tend to have more testosterone - which protects collagen levels and leads to fewer wrinkles.