Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
Tina Turner, Cicely Tyson, Pattie LaBelle, Angela Basset — the list goes on. Black women have a tendancy to age gracefully (thanks, melanin!) Although that popular saying suggests that "Black don't crack," you can never show your skin too much love. So, here are 29 habits to pick up now so that you too can look forever young!
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IF IT TOUCHES YOUR FACE, CLEAN IT!
Facial brushes, sponges, makeup brushes, towels — if it touches your face, wash it and start fresh.
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PLAY UP YOUR CELL TURNOVER
Your skin renews itself every 28 days. To keep your skin glowing while you're in transition, use an at-home peel to boost your collagen and your glow. We love this Kat Burki Dual Acid Peel. It's gentle enough to sensitive skin, but still gives you the gorgeous glow you're looking for.
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HAVE TEA INSTEAD
Your morning coffee habit is actually pretty dehydrating. Trade in your coffee beans for tea leaves instead. The added perk? If you have a cup of tea at night, you can use the tea bags as an at-home spa treatment for your eyes. Soak and sip your way to less-puffy, less tired-looking eyes!
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INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
The air in your room is usually pretty dry in the winter months. To combat the dry air and up the moisture in your skin, consider investing in a humidifier; you'll breathe better and wake up looking better. We love this option from Brookstone because it doubles as decor.
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KEEP THOSE BRUSHES CLEAN!
Chances are, your grandma used her fingers when applying makeup, but I totally understand if you're more of a BeautyBlender or brush kind of a girl. Avoid breakouts and soiling your makeup by washing your brushes on a weekly basis.
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STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE
Your hands come in contact with so much bacteria on a daily basis. Keep the germs away from your face by developing a "hands off" policy. If you must touch your face, be sure that your hands are clean first.
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DETOX YOUR CELL PHONE
It's no secret that your cell phone is crawling with germs. I mean, you do carry it everywhere — bathroom, cafeteria...need we say more? Make a habit of wiping your screen off with a little alcohol on a nightly basis to prevent germ transfer to your face.
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CATCH MORE ZZZ'S
All of the products in the world won't get rid of those bags under your eyes if you don't get any sleep. Try to set a goal to be in bed — laptop off, cell phone down — by 10:30 every night.
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HYDRATE AT NIGHT
Philosophy's Renewed Hope in a Jar is a cult beauty favorite. Their newest product is a cleanser and a mask all-in-one, but I also love to use it as a moisturizer for my lips overnight and during the day. Bye-bye chapped, peeling and cracked lips. See you...never!
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SLEEP ON SOMETHING LUXE
Consider this Slip silk pillow case an extension of your skincare. Not only will you sleep better,but you won't wake up with bed head and the fibers won't soak up all of the skincare you applied the night before. Translation: you'll wake up with better hair and better skin! Win-win!
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TRY A GENTLE EXFOLIANT
Take a hiatus from your facial brush and head over to your kitchen instead. Take half of a fresh lemon and dip the raw side in sugar. Apply the sugary side to your face and rub in a circular motion to brighten and tighten your skin.
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FIGHT WRINKLES WITH STUFF IN YOUR KITCHEN
Turns out, the beta-carotene in carrots becomes retinol when it comes in contact with skin. So, the next time you're home on a rainy Saturday, try this DIY egg white mask:
1 Egg white
1 tsp. Grated carrots
1 tsp. Aloe vera
Whip the mixture until frothy and apply to your skin. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.
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MULTI-PURPOSE YOUR HONEY
Honey can be used for a lot more than just sweetening your green tea. If your suffer from acne, try treating your blemishes with raw honey. For the best result, apply Manuka Honey to your blemishes using a cotton ball. We like Manuka Doctor Apiwellness 10+ Bioactive Manuka Honey.
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HAVE A CHAMPAGNE FACIAL
We all love a good glass of bubbly, but did you know that you can also use it as a toner? Mix half a cup of champagne with half a cup of water and apply to skin with a cotton ball. It's gentle on skin and has great benefits like antioxidants, vitamin E (healing) and vitamin C (brightening).
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BE DOWN WITH MOISTURE
Contrary to popular belief, cream isn't just for dry skin—it'a for all skin types. And, it shouldn't be an afterthought in your skincare regimen. The trick is finding a moisturizer that suits your skin type, that's gentle enough to avoid irritation, but strong enough to get the job done. Bareminerals has a new collection of skin care that caters to all skin types. We love this Butter Drench Restorative Rich Cream that's perfect for combating dry skin, especially during the winter months.
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EMBRACE THE #BAREFACE MOVEMENT
If makeup is apart of your everyday routine, consider going makeup-free one or two days a week, it'll give your skin a chance to breathe and you can focus all of your attention skincare. So snap a selfies and rack up the likes!
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DITCH THE WIPES FOR COCONUT OIL
Cleansing your face can sometimes be a little bit of a pain, but those wipes the you reach for nightly shouldn't replace soap and water. However, if you are really just too exhausted to go through your full routine, you can always just dip a cotton ball in coconut oil to get your makeup off the natural way.
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GET FRIENDLY WITH PROBIOTICS
Repeat after me, "Yogurt is your friend." That extend beyond your daily breakfast parfait; it also includes your your skincare. We've said it before, the food you eat is directly related to the appearance of your skin. Yogurt and probiotics are great for restoring balance to your digestive tract and thus aiding in easing inflammation, acne, redness and dry skin. To wet your feet in probiotics as they relate to skin care, try this mask to rejuvenate your skin.
1 Tsp. yogurt
1 Tsp. honey
1 Tsp. Oats
Apply a generous amount to your skin, leave it on for ten minutes and rinse with warm water. Finish it off, by splashing your face with cold water to close your pores.
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INCORPORATE AN ESSENCE
Another innovation out of Korea, a facial essence, like this one from SK-II, is equal parts toner and moisturizer. If you're thinking that you skincare routine just got simpler, you're right!
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PLAY WITH TURMERIC
The secret to flawless skin may actually be on the spice rack in your kitchen right now! Turmeric has been used to ages in India for cooking and as a cosmetic because of its anti-aging and acne treating benefits. Mix turmeric and water into a paste and apply to blemish for a natural drying solution.
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HIT THE GYM
DJ and Beauty Maven Hannah Bronfman lives by her mantra, "mind right, body tight." Not only does going to the gym provide mental clarity and an awesome body to show off once the summer rolls around, but exercise also increases oxygen flow throughout the body and helps reduce inflamed skin. Mind Right. Body Right. Skin Right.
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EAT MORE FATS...THE GOOD KIND
The next time you're craving a snack, instead or reaching for those peanut butter cookies, try grabbing a handful of nuts instead. Almonds, pecans, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are rich in fatty acids and vitamins that help promote blood flow, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and breakouts.
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TREAT YO' SELF WITH A MASK
Celebrate the end of every week with a face mask to rejuvenate tired skin.
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TAKE SOME TIME TO ZEN
Let me let you in on a secret: stress can lead to wrinkles and pre-mature signs of aging. So, all of the skincare in the world can't help you if you don't find some time to relax and "woo-sah" every once in a while.
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SETTLE ON A AN SPF
Newsflash: SPF isn't just for beach days in the summer, you should be wearing an SPF everyday. According to a recent study, 63% of African Americans have never worn SP, but we are still susceptible to melanoma (skin cancer). So the fact that we aren't protecting ourselves is a serious issue. We generally stray for chalky formulas that are heavy and leave our skin looking ashy. Advanced Suncare Clear Cool Lotion SPF 30 by L'Oreal Paris blends seamlessly and gives you the protection that you need to stay melanoma-free.
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DO RIGHT BY YOUR SKIN
Fun fact: your skin is body's largest organ— it's a living thing. Abrasive formulas are the only things that can damage your skin, harsh towels and brushes can too. Show your skin some love and trade out rough wash cloths for softer fibers like terry cloth and ditch wiping your face with your body towel all together.
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FIX THAT DIET!
If you are what you eat, then you may want to lay off the greasy foods for a while. This month, focus on upping your intake of leafy greens and bright vegetables— think: bell peppers, beets, red cabbage and tomatoes (which is arguably a fruit). Maintaining a healthy diet will always reflect in your skin. You should also consider ditching refined sugar for a while—or all together— and adding in foods with good fat like avocado. Your skin will thank you.
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WASH YOUR FACE EVERY NIGHT
Trust us— after a long day at work, we know that something as simple as washing your face can feel like a huge chore. But, unlike making your bed everyday, leaving makeup on over night has consequences. Blemishes, enlarged pores and irritation are a just a few things that sleeping your war paint can do to your skin. So, while you may still wake up looking pretty fabulous, you be adding years to your skin in the long run. Hello, wrinkles!
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WATER...SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
It's pretty simple: drinking water leads to better skin. Breakup with cocktails, juice concentrate and energy drinks and trade them in for water instead. Challenge yourself to drink 8-10 glasses daily and watch your skin improve.
This post originally appeared on essence.com: 29 Beauty Habits that Explain Why Grandma Doesn't Look a Day Over 40; Virginia Lowman
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