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Connected Beauty

True beauty, health and well-being starts with your daily habits. Adopt these healthy habits for your most beautiful, healthy-looking skin from the inside out.
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Always Wear SPF

Protecting yourself from daily sun exposure is the most effective way to help prevent premature signs of aging. Exposure to UVA rays can lead to age spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer; so while you may think you are getting a "healthy" glow, you are actually doing long-term harm to your skin. The healthiest glow you can get comes from self-tanners and bronzers.


Try this antioxidant-rich SPF moisturizer:

Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

$72

Don't Sleep With Makeup On

No matter how tired you are, do not skip washing your face before bed. While you sleep, your body repairs itself and refreshes cells, making it the ideal time to maximize skincare. Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil and pollutants that have accumulated on the skin during the day, so you can wake up to more radiant, healthier-looking skin.


Try this ultra-moisturizing cleanser:

Renewing Cleansing Cream

$43

Exfoliate 2-3 Times Per Week

Skin is constantly turning over, generating new cells at the lower level (the dermis) and sending them up to replace dead skin cells on the upper layer (epidermis). As you age, the cell-turnover process slows down, and cells begin to gather unevenly on the skin's surface, which can lead to dry patches and a lackluster appearance. By exfoliating a few times a week or using a weekly peel, you can help remove the dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, younger cells below and restore your skin's natural clarity and brightness.


Try this invigorating scrub:

Skin Smoothing Polish

$36

Moisturize No Matter What

Regardless of your skin type, once you reach adulthood, your skin becomes a little drier every day. How you respond to that loss of moisture will be an important factor in determining how old you look. No matter when you begin to see signs of persistent dehydration, restoring lost water is a central component in any anti-aging skincare program.


Try this detoxifying night moisturizer:

City Skin® Overnight Moisturizer

$90

Follow the 80/20 Rule

No matter what food choices you make, do not let food be one more source of stress and anxiety. Try to follow the simple guideline of 80% whole foods, with a special emphasis on colorful, water-rich fruits and vegetables, and 20% foods that you love, regardless of their inherent healthfulness. You will find that an occasional indulgence will make it even easier to stick to an overall healthy eating style.

Eat Your Sunscreen

Although daily SPF moisturizer is essential, it is helpful to double up on your sun protection through foods that improve your body's natural environmental defenses and increase your cellular health. Eating foods like pomegranates, spinach and blueberries helps neutralize free radicals and minimize the damage they cause from penetrating your cells.

Antioxidant-Rich and Fermented Foods

Besides providing internal sun protection, eating antioxidant-rich foods helps prevent cell damage that may lead to skin aging, cancer and other ailments. Antioxidant-rich foods include goji berries, dark chocolate and kidney beans. Also, incorporate fermented foods, like kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut into your diet to provide beneficial bacteria to your digestive system, which helps you absorb more of the nutrients from the food you eat.

Exercise Regularly

Whether it is running or yoga, physical activity releases stress-fighting endorphins in your brain. Dr. Murad calls this "awakening your body" and says that the best way to keep exercising is to practice an activity you enjoy. Think outside the box and explore new fitness classes or sports to discover your favorite way to stay active.

Take Your Workout Outside

Warm weather and sunshine are great motivators to get outside and exercise in the fresh air. Go outside, breathe deeply and take a walk, preferably somewhere in nature. Go for a hike with friends or take a yoga class at the beach. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as it involves you connecting with nature and moving your body.

Get Up and Move at Works

Sometimes it is not easy to squeeze in a break during a crazy workday. Research shows that only 1 in 5 people take a break for a mid-day meal. Most workers just eat at their desks, but it is so important for your health, sanity and work/life balance. Even if it is just 15-20 minutes, taking a break is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. If you are not able to leave your desk, try doing a series of stretches to refresh your body and mind.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

In our always-on world, getting enough sleep is one of the biggest challenges, but the replenishing effects of a good night's sleep are undeniable. The body is an amazing factory, and when you go to sleep, the factory cleans up, repairs itself and files everything away. It is critical that you allow your body to process each day, and the only way to do this is by getting 7-9 hours of sleep daily.

Allow Yourself to Relax

Managing the stress of modern living, which Dr. Murad refers to as Cultural Stress®, is crucial to feeling and looking your best. With the constant pressure to conquer a daily wave of text messages, emails and social media alerts, it is easy to get caught up and forget to take time out for yourself. Schedule "me time" on your calendar and honor it as you would any other important appointment. You cannot excel in any aspect of your life without caring for the most important person in your life: you.

Focus on the Good

Try to cultivate thankfulness with every breath you take. When you are dialed in to gratitude, you have the clarity to truly appreciate all the blessings in your life. This mindset will allow you to be more open to new opportunities, inspiration and creativity. Instead of magifying the problems you face, minimize them with gratitude for everything that brings you joy.