Avoid inflammation When it comes to keeping your skin beautiful, it's important to avoid inflammation, says Earle. This typically shows up in the form of eczema, psoriasis, puffiness, and rosacea. (Rosacea is actually a quite common skin condition that reveals your age via facial bumps, dryness, redness, and thickening of the skin, says Luftman.) Keep external inflammation to a minimum by steering clear of drying, irritating ingredients, such as fragrance, alcohol, peppermint, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfates. Also, trade in any harsh exfoliating scrubs for a gentler option, such as one formulated with jojoba beads, or a skin care brush. (Try OLAY Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, $29.99.) And, if you're prone to rosacea, avoid eating foods that act as "triggers" for redness and bumps. Alcohol, spicy foods, and chocolate are among the most common culprits.
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