They wash their faces every night. 6/11
Sun damage isn’t the only environmental factor you have to worry about: Small micro particles from air pollutants might just hurt your skin, too. Play it safe by remembering to take a minute to cleanse your face to remove yucky debris that could be weakening your skin, as well as to take off makeup, Gohara advises.
They lay off the excess sugar. 7/11
That daily candy habit isn’t just damaging your waistline; it could be aging your face. Foods with a high glycemic index (think sugary sweets and white carbs) create an increase in cortisol through a process called “glycosylation,” where sugars bind to collagen and weaken it, Gohara says. Create beautiful skin from the inside out by making sure your diet includes healthy fats (like olive oil), omega 3s (found in walnuts and salmon), antioxidants (greens), and vitamin C (berries and citrus fruits). Try fixing up a kale salad and salmon for dinner, with a berry mixture for dessert—it’s a great recipe for healthy skin, Gohara says.
They’re gentle with their skin. 8/11
If you’re still scrubbing your face raw to get it clean, you might want to stop that habit tonight. “One of the biggest hidden culprits of skin trouble is working too hard on it,” says Jessica Krant, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in NYC and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Using too many products, harshly scrubbing, or over-exfoliating all lead to increased microscopic inflammation that can actually swell the surface of the skin, clogging pores and increasing blemishes and redness. Always treat your skin gently, and limit exfoliating to once a week—enough to help buff the old cells out to make way for the new skin cells, Leffell says.
They never pick. 9/11
If you haven’t popped a pimple since high school, congratulations on your self-restraint. As for the rest of you, it’s time to find a safer way to treat zits. Picking at blemishes to the point that the epidermis is disrupted and there’s a little bleeding means you’ve just created a permanent scar, Krant says. Always treat blemishes gently, steaming them or minimally applying medication to avoid burns or permanent damage. If the pimple is too stubborn, you can see a dermatologist, who may give you a tiny diluted cortisone injection to help the deep inflammation resolve, she says.
They don’t smoke. 10/11
As if the carcinogenic effects of nicotine on your health weren’t terrifying enough, here’s one more reason to quit smoking for good. Remember great Aunt Ida who had a chain-smoking habit since the 30s? Chances are, her face had fine lines around her mouth and she had grayish-looking skin, as well as yellow stained teeth and nails. “Nicotine destroys skin substructures leaving it saggy and listless,” Gohara says.
They don’t try every fad product. 11/11
People with healthy, flawless skin know that the right routine matters more than the latest hot product. If it sounds too good to be true or fails the common sense test, it probably won’t work, Leffell says. “People with flawless skin save their money for products that work: moisturizers, sun protection, [and] medications that have been proven to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, like retinols,” he says.