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The beauty industry, more specifically the skin care industry, is booming and more popular than ever. The skin care industry alone is expected to reach over 11 billion dollars by 2018, according to franchisehelp.com. Naturally, the dermatologist industry expands every year in order to keep up with the high demands from clients searching for the latest and greatest anti-aging treatments. It’s not easy to become a dermatologist, on average it takes about 12 years of school consisting of an undergraduate degree, medical school, and residency, so it’s not a surprise that a visit to their office can come with a huge price tag.

On average, dermatologists in the US make around $470,000 a year, making it one of the highest compensated medical careers to have. It doesn’t seem fair that in order to look good and feel good you have to spend enormous amounts of money, so we put together a list of the best 15 tips and tricks that the best dermatologists use themselves and in their offices. Of course, they don’t want you to know this information because it will keep you from filling their pockets, but in reality, many of the best things to do are so easy you can do them anytime, anywhere.

Some of the tricks on this list will keep you from undergoing expensive and dangerous procedures while keeping you looking years younger. The key to the tips on this list is consistency and awareness, so you’ll want to keep them in mind throughout the day as you encounter things that like to test your skin’s ability to stay bright and beautiful. Aging shouldn’t be fear inducing, but there are a few things to make the physical aspects of the process a little easier, and a few that might even save your life one day.

15. Stop Frowning

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Remember when your parents used to tell you that if you kept making that face, that it was going to stay that way? Well, it turns out they were right. Over time your facial expressions can create permanent and deep lines in your skin. Frowning has the worse effect on your skin because of how it creates crows feet around your eyes, vertical lines between your eyes, horizontal lines on your forehead, and even creases around your mouth.

14. Good Eye Cream Is The Solution

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You heard it right, good eye cream can replace surgery. Plenty of over the counter creams and serums have the same type of ingredients that expensive treatments do at the dermatologist’s office. Would you rather take the risk of having cosmetic surgery or start using eye cream more regularly? The answer seems simple. Look for creams with high percentages of vitamin A, and specifically Retin-A.

13. You Can Trust Drugstore Brands

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Of course, many dermatologists won’t tell you that drug store products have the same active ingredients as products in department stores or in their offices, but that’s why we’re here. It’s best to stick to natural brands like Olay, Aveeno, and Neutrogena. Figure out what type of skin and issues you are dealing with before looking at each brand’s specific lines to best suit your unique needs.

12. Sunscreen Can Save You A Visit

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Dermatologists make money off of you coming to their offices, so of course, they’re not going to tell you that you should wear sunscreen 24/7 when outside and not just on vacation. As we know, SPF helps protect against skin cancer and sun damage, so it makes sense that any time you’re outside you should lather up. It doesn’t have to be as annoying as it seems because you can buy makeup and moisturiser with SPF in it.

11. An Eyebrow Wax Can Do Wonders

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You may think you would benefit from an eyebrow life (allow we hope you know how invasive and serious that procedure is), chances are all you need is a good eyebrow wax. If your eyes are looking droopy or dull, go to a professional waxer or someone who threads, and ask for the right shape for your face. It takes about 15 minutes and can save you thousands of dollars.

10. Stop Switching Products So Easily

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It may seem fun to switch up products every time you go to the store or when you think the one you’re using isn’t working well enough, but it’s actually just costing you hard earned cash. It takes 21 days for a skin cell to be made and reach the surface layer so it takes at least that long to see any significant results. After four weeks you can decide if it’s right for you or if it’s time to move on.

9. Watch Out For Sun Damage While Driving

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Even though you’re in the car, the sun can still damage your skin through the glass. In fact, it gets so intense that people often have more signs of aging on the side that is exposed to the window while driving, which can leave you with an uneven looking complexion and face. Tint your windows or remember that sunblock because it may not seem like much, but it sure adds up over time.

8. Don’t Over-do The Gym

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Working out regularly is the best thing you can do for your overall health, but just like anything else, you can over do it. The thinner you are as you age, the older you look due to the limited amount of fat plumping up the skin. This isn’t to say that you should justify being overweight because you want to look younger, but it’s important to have a balanced healthy lifestyle and that includes exercise.

7. Sleep On Your Back

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Sleeping on your back is the best way to prevent getting wrinkles when you sleep. Cotton pillowcases can cause friction between your delicate skin and its surface, causing wrinkles and fine lines over time. Not to mention, laying your face directly onto the pillowcase can cause all of the moisturizer you just applied to be soaked into the case instead of your face. This may be hard for some people, as it causes them to snore louder but if you and your partner can stand it, it helps with signs of aging.

6. Eat Healthy Fats

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Remember when we were just talking about overdoing it in the gym? Part of that has to do with the fat levels in your body which help with heart health AND the elasticity of your skin. Healthy fats like avocados and nuts help your skin produce its natural oils which nourish it and help protect it, keeping you looking young and fresh. The less fatty acids you have in your body, the more prone your skin is to blemishes and elongated repair.

5. Enjoy A Glass Of Red Wine

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Who knew enjoying a glass of red wine every now and then could be so beneficial for your health? In fact, doctors suggest one glass a day for women and two for men. Its high levels of antioxidants help get rid of damaging and dangerous free radicals, which have been linked to aging and cancer. Red wine is high in polyphenols like resveratrol, which are powerful antioxidants.

4. Eat Fruits

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Not only is fruit delicious, they’re also full of the amazing antioxidants we were just talking about. Once again, antioxidants do wonders in preventing cell damage, but not all fruits are as great as others. Nutritionist call fruits like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, apples, bananas and cherries, to name a few, are all great fruits to add to your diet to ensure you’re getting enough antioxidants. Try making smoothies in the morning as they are an easy way to get fruits and vegetables all in one.

3. Ban Sugar

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Although delicious, it seems as the years go on sugar becomes a bigger enemy of the body. It can lead to diabetes and it feeds cancer cells, as well as recently being linked to connective tissue damage and inflammation. When sugar enters your body, it attacks collagen and elastin, which are the proteins that help keep skin strong and youthful. Sugar also creates a process called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which make your skin more vulnerable to UV damage and cigarette smoke.

2. Oils Are Your Friend

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It’s time to stop viewing oils as your enemy because they can be used to your benefit. Your skin naturally produces oils that protect it and keep it moisturized and the key is to find the right kind of oil to balance your unique skin type. Oils like Aragon are great for the skin because they can replace anti-aging creams and serums because of how well they penetrate the skin. They’re also great for sensitive skin and there are even some cleansing oils.

1. Oatmeal Is Amazing Applied Topically

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I personally love oatmeal in the morning, but some people may feel that it is bland and not so exciting. Don’t go throwing away any oatmeal you have lying around even if you don’t enjoy eating it because it can greatly benefit your skin when applied topically. It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber, all of which help hydrate and deliver vitamins to your skin. Oatmeal promotes healthy circulation so using it as a bath soak can help sooth iritated skin and even an exhausted soul.

 

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