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9 Tips to Love the Skin You’re In

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In a youth-obsessed society, growing old is something women learn to view with consternation, along with the lines, wrinkles and age spots that often accompany it. But Botox aside, aging is a fact of life. It’s all about attitude — and staying healthy.

Perhaps 91-years-young Golden Girl Betty White said it best: "So many of us start dreading age when we're in high school. And I think that's really a waste of a lovely life."

Here are nine ways to love your skin at any age.

Start on the inside

Dermatologists will tell you how your skin looks isn’t all about creams, cosmetics, or procedures. Aside from your individual genetic makeup, the single biggest contributor to your skin's condition is what foods are going into your body.

When you adopt a healthy lifestyle — eat lots of fruits and veggies of various colors and exercise regularly — your healthy choices show up externally. Your skin will retain more of its youthfulness, and you'll have increased energy too.

Swear off sunbathing and tanning salons

Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest. If you must be outside, experts advise wearing a protective hat, long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sunglasses. Freckles, age spots, and blotchy complexions and skin damage that can lead to cancer are linked to sun exposure.

Don't smoke

If you smoke, stop. Research shows that smoking dramatically ages your skin prematurely.

Slather on Protection

No matter your skin tone, apply sunscreen daily. Choose products with SPF 30 or higher with full spectrum (UVB and UVA) protection. Sun damage can speed up the appearance of fine wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.

Drink up

It’s important to hydrate your skin each day. Your body continuously loses water from skin evaporation, breathing, urine and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.

Drinking water detoxifies the body, protects and moisturizes joints, and helps you feel fuller so you’ll be less likely to overeat. Experts suggest women drink 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of liquid daily.

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