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When it comes to caring for your skin, you don’t have to go to extremes to age extremely well. While peels, injections, lasers, microdermabrasion and other procedures can yield great results, they require regular visits to the dermatologist’s office and come with a huge skinpact—they’re expensive, sometimes painful and often have considerable recovery time.

The truth is, with modern advances in skincare science, daily skincare can often make more of a long-term difference than in-office procedures. A smart skincare regimen, along with healthy habits, such as getting plenty of beauty sleep (on your back), eating right and exercising regularly, can influence up to 80% of your skin’s future.

Is great skin on your holiday wish list? You can get the ball rolling by committing to one new good skin habit a month.
When it comes to changing habits, seeing results really helps. But the daily changes that come with a new skincare routine may be so subtle that you don’t notice the cumulative benefits occurring over time. We suggest taking a baseline digital photo of your face as a reference point to track your progress. Here’s how to get started:

If you’re planning to glam up your nails this holiday season, you could be putting your health at serious risk.
A new study, “How Safe is Your Nail Salon,” released by the City of New York, reveals a number of alarming findings about the safety and cleanliness of salons, including:
•Fifty-six percent of New York salons are in violation of health and safety rules, and customers have been infected with hepatitis and staph infections due to unclean conditions.
•There is “little to no regulation on the manufacturing of” UV lamps, used to dry nails, even though they can be as harmful to skin as tanning beds, according to the report.
•Toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl pthalate—known as “the toxic trio”—are found in many nail products, even though they have been linked with reproductive harm, respiratory problems and cancer. Of the 10,000 other chemicals contained in nail products, 89% have not been tested by independent agencies.

Want to add glowing skin to your list of things to be grateful for this season? Start by feeding your face a balanced, healthy diet. Findings from two recent studies indicate the better you eat, the better you will sleep and the more healthy and youthful your complexion will look. To learn more about the effect of diet on sleep patterns, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine studied the daily calories and foods consumed by people who were part of the 2007-2009 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They also studied how much sleep the participants reported getting each night.

If you’re eating a diet rich in sugar and starchy carbohydrates, you’re accelerating your aging process. That means that sooner rather than later, this high-glycemic diet will show on your face in the form of early lines and wrinkles.

The culprit is a natural process called glycation, where sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products, often referred to by the ironic acronym AGEs. The more sugar in your diet, the more AGEs you develop.