5 Major Anti-Aging Mistakes Tons of Women Make

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Wrinkles are just part of the natural aging process, and there's nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to fine lines. But if you want to keep your youthful glow for longer, there are things you can do to slow the process—and mistakes you can make that will speed it WAY up. Be sure to avoid these five big ones.

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Mistake #1: Skipping Sunscreen… in the Winter

Sunscreen is the ultimate anti-aging tool. And yes, it might not be beachy outside, but the sun's UV rays shine year round and are a major culprit to skin damage, namely photoaging, the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to sun. Photoaging is not part of the natural aging process and can be largely avoided by making a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 30 part of your daily routine all year round. For supreme sun protection sans chemicals, try DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ or La Mer Reparative Face Sun Lotion SPF 30.

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Mistake #2: Scrimping on Sunglasses

A chic pair of shades not only ups your cool factor, but also minimizes lines around your eyes. Shading your eyes from the sun's glare prevents squinting and crow's feet wrinkles, of course, but it also shields delicate skin from the destructive onslaught of UV rays. Plus, sunglasses will protect your eyelids and eyeballs, which are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of you. The best styles for sound coverage are wrap around sunglasses or shades with big lenses. Not all sunglasses offer UV protection—so definitely check the label.

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Mistake #3: Rubbing and Tugging on Tired Eyes

Rubbing tired eyes feels so-ooo good, but it will stretch delicate skin and may cause it to slacken. The skin around our eyes and on our eyelids is the most sensitive and least elastic on our face and the most vulnerable to probing paws. Keep skin around the eyes firm and hydrated with a gel-based product instead of something rich and creamy, which may be too heavy for this thin skin. Try Arcona Peptide Eye Serum or Astara Botanical Eye Treatment to protect, tend and restore skin around those pretty peepers.

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Mistake #4: Neglecting Your Neck, Chest and Hands

Some say that a woman's true age is shown in the skin of her neck, chest and hands. The delicate skin of these areas lack the oil glands of other skin real estate, which results in dryness and accelerated aging. Plus, these areas are often fraught with sunscreen neglect. Extend the use of anti-aging serums and creams such as Spa Technologies Oxygen Renewal Complex to these precious parts. And don't forget the SPF.

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Mistake #5: Messing With Your Sleep Schedule

We all know that getting enough beauty sleep is a critical component to beauty at any age, but how you sleep may be just as important as how much you sleep. Sticking to a consistent sleeping cycle may be a key factor to ensure going through all of the stages of a sleep cycle, including REM sleep, when some experts say the body and skin heals most deeply. Disrupting these cycles may also disrupt the release of certain hormones and cause an inflammatory effect in the body, which is a major culprit of aging. Develop a nighttime ritual for regular sleep and stick to it. Your skin will radiate its effects.

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