Special Report

Skin-Care Resolutions Dermatologists Want You to Keep

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16. Start exercising

If you don’t do it for weight loss, do it for your skin. “Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, thereby improving oxygenation and nutrient delivery, as well as accelerating removal of toxins, free radicals, and other cellular byproducts,” Richmond said. “Regular exercise also allows for a better night’s sleep and a reduction in anxiety and stress hormone levels.”

There are also studies that demonstrate that exercise can decrease the visible signs of aging, according to Miller. Older people who exercise on regular basis have the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol levels of a younger person.

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17. Go to bed early

“When we sleep our body repairs/replaces collagen, hence lack of sleep can contribute to aging,” Miller said. “Poor sleep can cause abnormal levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can also affect skin health. It worsens inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema,” Richmond added.

Sleep deprivation also reduces the production of growth hormone, thereby lowering the efficacy of cellular repair mechanisms and accelerating the aging process. “Worsening of dark circles is another telltale sign of lack of sleep as a result of dilation of the small blood vessels under the eyes, leading to purplish discoloration and puffiness,” Richmond added.