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50 Easy Ways to Be a Healthier Person

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Always remove makeup before bed

Wearing makeup overnight can lead to eye irritation, infections, lash breakage, acne, and dry skin, among other problems. Free radicals can be trapped by makeup, leading to premature aging with prolonged exposure.

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Wear sunglasses and a hat

Hats are always helpful for protection of the scalp, face, and neck from the sun. “However, sunglasses are recommended as well since, depending on the angle, the eyes or areas around the eyes may not be in consistent shade, depending on which hat is used,” Richmond said. “In addition to protecting against fine lines around the eyes, sunglasses also protect the eye itself from sun damage, which can lead to [vision] changes,” she added.

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Don’t sleep on one side

According to clinical psychologist Michael Breus, if you sleep on one side, you are more prone to developing wrinkles on your face. You also raise the possibility of disrupting circulation in your arm by sleeping on one side, which can cause you to wake up during the night. People who sleep on one side tend to shift more often, and that can result in less restful sleep.

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Stop rubbing your eyes

Rubbing one’s eyes is often a reaction to being tired. It’s almost instinctive. However, as is the case with most habits, it’s a problem when it’s chronic. The issue with rubbing your eyes all the time is that you’re rubbing the sensitive skin around them. It’s one of the places where aging signs first appear. The pressure applied to the skin can break small blood vessels, leading to the formation of dark circles and drooping eyelids.

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Use creams, not lotions

The skin’s natural oils act as barriers and keep water in, preventing the skin from dehydrating. Creams are far superior to lotions and do a much better job at protecting the skin because creams have more oils and lotions are mostly water, Intermountain Healthcare dermatologist Dr. Christopher English said.

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