You cleanse twice a day, slather on SPF, and never pick pimples—yet for some reason that "youthful glow" still feels like a pipe dream.
Time for a few lifestyle changes—here are four areas that could use some extra attention.
PUT IN QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR PILLOW
Don't prioritize a pricey eye cream over old-fashioned slumber. Sleep-deprived women are at higher risk for fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and sagging skin. Reason being? Sleep helps you recover faster from skin stressors like dryness and sun damage. Aim for seven to nine hours a night, on your back when possible (it keeps pressure off your face). Try these 15 tricks to help you sleep better.
CHOOSE SKIN-FRIENDLY FOOD
Reason 999 not to skip salmon: Omega-3-rich foods fight inflammation and strengthen the skin's barrier, locking moisture in (and keeping skin plump and fresh). For your best shot at that J. Lo dazzle (girl is forty-freakin'-seven!), limit inflammation-triggering sweets (less than 25 grams of sugar a day) and booze (a drink a day or less); they sap moisture, enhancing fine lines and wrinkles.
CLEAN THAT CELL PHONE
Wiping off the makeup on your phone with a tissue doesn't nix all the grime; a daily wipe-down with a microfiber cloth can help to clear it of a plethora of bacteria, germs, and sweat, which can contribute to breakouts by clogging pores. And switch over to headphones when taking long calls to limit the amount of time potential nasties are smushed against your face.
UPGRADE YOUR SUNGLASSES
Pick shades with a label that says it blocks 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. These will help to prevent crow's-feet around the eyes, not to mention damage to your retinas that can contribute to cataracts or vision loss. Wear 'em rain or shine, since rays can penetrate clouds. If you're out during peak sunny hours, double up on protection with a hat.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!