The anti-aging industry, estimated to be in the billions, is built on the assumption that we want to look as young as we feel. A legitimate request, but one that also raises a question: Why fight so hard to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines when you can slow them down to begin with? Aside from the inevitable passing of time and sitting for hours on end under the sun with no protection (why would you do that to yourself?), there are several things affecting your glowing complexion. Check out this list so you can take the appropriate measures to combat them. Awareness is bliss.
The preservatives in your cosmetics cabinet can break down, and bacteria can build up with each reach of a finger. If your makeup has expired, chances are it's doing more harm than good to the delicate skin on your face.
If the jar has been sitting around for a while, smell it, suggests Linda Franks, MD, medical director of Gramercy Park Dermatology. If it smells different or if it changes colour, toss it.
The solution: Assess your makeup on a regular basis.
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