Beyond the Needle: 5 Simple Beauty Hacks to Combat Aging

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 02/09/2016 | 12:26 PM EST

Black don't crack...that's if you take care of it

Yes, we all know (or at least want to believe) that Black doesn’t crack. This is true for those of us that actually take care of ourselves. But lately, more and more Black women have been looking to plastic surgery to restore something they probably wouldn’t have lost so quickly: their youth. We’re lucky to have that melanin that keeps us looking younger than other races, for a longer time. However, from 2005 until 2013, cosmetic surgeries (including butt augmentations, face lifts, breast augmentations, etc) increased amongst African Americans a whopping 56%.

 

With Black celebrities being more vocal and open about their cosmetic changes, it’s no surprise that many other women in our communities are feeling slightly less ashamed about getting “work” done.

 

Ironically, for many women the goal isn’t to drastically change the way they look, but more so uphold their youth. And that’s where it gets interesting, because there are few ways you can avoid going “under the knife”, right in your home.

Moisturize Your Skin, Every Single Day

Many women wouldn’t even know how much better their skin would be if they just properly moisturized their skin. Skipping the face lotion or face oil is one of the top reasons our skin ages quickly. Apply your favorite moisturizer in the morning and at night.

 

Completely Forgetting Your Sunblock

It doesn’t matter that your melanin is popping. The sun is not playing with you. Exposing your skin to the sun without protection, in the winter and summer, is dangerous and will catch up to you. All you have to do is buy a moisturizer with SPF in it, like this Origins Age-Defense Moisturizer with SPF 25.

 

Acting Like Your Diet Won’t Affect Your Face

If you feel like crap after eating a heavy, greasy burger, imagine what that does to your body’s largest organ: the skin. It’s okay to indulge here and there. But the truth is that if you don’t take care of your body via ample fruits and veggies, your skin will start to show this. Antioxidants, minerals and vitamins are the reasons our skin and body operate effectively. Upgrade your diet, and watch your skin change miraculously.

 

Not Cleaning Your Face, Daily

We’ve come across many women who still don’t clean their faces everyday. And when we say everyday, we mean every morning and every night. This should be a ritual. Remove your makeup, cleanse your face, apply a toner and add your moisturizer. It’s so simple.

 

Finally, Forgetting the Water

Water is everything to your skin. We will all age, that’s inevitable. But, most of us won’t age the same way. The ones who drink the largest amount of water will more than likely age much better than those of us who don’t. Hop on the water bandwagon, now. 

 (Photo: PeopleImages.com/Getty Images)

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