Small Beauty Habits That Can Do Wonders for You in the Long Run

Being in great shape even in your golden years may be challenging, but it certainly isn’t impossible. The fact is, aging gracefully is completely doable if you simply develop certain habits while you’re still young. Many women procrastinate on developing small, healthy habits because they think that they still have a lot of time to do them, but the truth is, the earlier you start on these things, the better off you’ll be.

Additionally, since good beauty habits are closely tied to your health, regularly doing them will also save you money and will likely mean fewer trips to the doctor.

Wearing sunscreen â€" SPF isn’t just for days on the beach; being exposed to the sun on a daily basis can take a toll on your skin and cause it age faster. In addition to wrinkles, unprotected exposure to the sun can also increase the chances of skin cancer, so avoid this by including a healthy dose of SPF into your skin regimen. Be sure to put on sunscreen every day, and consider reapplying after a few hours, if you spend a lot of time outside.

Drinking plenty of water â€" There’s a reason why health pundits are always telling people to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Good ‘ol h2O gives you plenty of benefits, and is known to help flush out toxins out of the body. On top of that, water is known to improve your skin, as it helps keep it moisturized and smooth.

Flossing daily â€" Do you often skip flossing your teeth? Big mistake. Flossing effectively takes out plaque from your teeth and gums. Not doing it for an extended period of time can cause bad breath and gum disease. If you want to keep your smile bright, develop the habit of flossing at least once a day, and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.

Sleeping early â€" Are you seeing a lot of dark circles under your eyes? Instead of trying to cover them up with concealer, opt for a good night’s rest instead. Get yourself used to the habit of sleeping early. Doing so will get rid of pesky eye bags and will allow you to look bright and fresh the following morning.

Exercising regularly â€" It may not be fun to hit the gym after work or to do sit ups in the morning, but keeping yourself active through exercise can do wonders for your physical appearance and well-being overall. Exercise also keeps you in shape gives you a healthy and natural glow. Strive to get about 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week. It may be difficult at first, but it’ll get easier once you get the hang of it.

Maintaining your tresses â€" Find a good stylist and tip them well. It’s best to continuously maintain your hair to avoid split ends and unattractive locks. Even if you’re always keeping your hair in a ponytail, it’s best to get regular trims to ensure that your tresses keep their natural shine and smooth texture.

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