Tuesday Ten: My Secrets to Smooth Skin

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Word to the wise: wrinkles are inevitable (sorry ladies, I only speak the truth). Whether we like it or not, they are a part of life. Needless to say, there are many simple tricks you can work into your everyday routine to keep them at bay.

Here are my top ten tips for not looking like this:

  1. Don’t be a straw dog. Try not to use straws (and definitely do not smoke). Pursing your lips constantly will cause micro lines to become serious crevices. No thank you.
  2. Sleep smart. Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to sleep (in terms of positioning at least). The wrong way: sleeping on your face or side. The right way: sleeping on your back (even the American Academy of Dermatology recommends this).
  3. Slather the SPF. No surprises here: SPF is a must if you want smooth, youthful looking skin. While a tan might look good now, don’t forget who you will look like later…this! (Click here to learn about what ingredients I recommend looking for when buying sunscreen.)
  4. Moisturize. Prevent cracks and keep your skin soft and supple by moisturizing your face (and body) twice a day.
  5. Sleep clean. Always, always wash your face before bed. I cannot stress this enough. Never, ever sleep with makeup on.
  6. Wear your sunnies! Not only are sunglasses a great style staple, they also protect the delicate skin around your eyes from harsh UV rays. Just make sure you buy sunnies that are polarized to ensure maximum protection. And the bigger, the better! (I definitely just gave you a wonderful excuse to go buy a new pair of sunglasses. So use it! Click here to check out my favorite sunnies.)
  7. Take your vitamins. Take a multi-vitamin every day and make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E.
  8. Eat right. You are what you eat so be sure to make your diet vibrant and full of color. Do this by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday. This will keep your skin firm, hydrated and happy.
  9. Drink up. You’re only 8 glasses away from happy skin…don’t forget your h2-ohhhs.
  10. Smile! While science has yet to prove the direct link between wrinkles and stress, based on my experience the evidence is pretty clear. Stress manifests itself externally (and from what I’ve seen, wrinkles are a common symptom). Take a deep breath, exhale and smile!

That said, if you already have wrinkles–wear them proudly! I have little smile wrinkles. Most women my age would freak out, but to be honest, I kind of like them. As Lauren Hutton once said, “We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life.” Couldn’t have said it better myself…but it can’t hurt to make those “medals” a little less obvious before you join the half-century club. Right?

Is there an old beauty wives’ tale you’d like demystified? Let me know in the comments below.

XO Lauren

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  • Sarah Heckle

    Such good tips! I follow most of these. Although sometimes it’s verrryyyy tempting after a late night out to go to bed without washing my face.

    Sarah

    Tulle and Trinkets

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Great tips! Some of them, I’ve never heard about before!

  • Elien Wouters

    This post just made me happy! ^^ It is really important to take care of your skin and as much as I like a tan, I would not give up my smooth skin for that!

    Thanks Lauren for all the tips :)

    Elien

  • Irina Monroy

    I had no idea that there is a right way and wrong to sleep. I always sleep side

  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    I can agree with all of these steps! They all definitely make for great skin:-) It’s making sure you’re doing all of them all the time that’s the issue sometimes lol. Great post!

    XO Kelley

    http://www.keepsittingpretty.blogspot.com

  • Agata Kalinowska

    Uh, I’ll try to follow, but not a chance that I’ll sleep on my back, won’t happen ;/ But still, great tips!

    And quick question: what sunscreen should I use while in the states (L.A, Hawaii, San Diego etc) ? I

  • Christina Shumway

    Curious question regarding you & your skin I don’t know if you (or your team) has seen the pinterest image of you and a DIY microdermabrasion recipe that you use. Is it true? Or did someone make it up?

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i wish i could train myself to sleep on my back – i am definitely a side & stomach sleeper! but i always wear sunscreen, drink water and eat healthy, so i guess that helps me out :)

    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com/2012/03/12-spring-dresses-under-100.html

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    Thanks for the tips! These will be very useful, expecially now that the sun is starting to come out here in Wisconsin!

    http://fitnessmisc.blogspot.com/

  • Petra Zeller

    Great Post. Thank you Lauren

    xoxo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com Check it out

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  • Rachel Trampel

    Love these tips! I will have to try to sleep on my back more… I love sleeping on my side :( And I am all about preventing the wrinkles… SPF and ways to de-stress are key! And I already have crows feet when I smile big. My boyfriend makes fun of me for freaking out about them. Then again, I figure I’m smiling so hopefully people notice that and not the wrinkles ;)

  • karly goins

    I love my vitamins, lemon water, fruits & veg, sleep, SPF, slathering my body with lotion, and wearing my sunnies…if only I could stop stressing :( college kinda does that to you though, Lauren what are some things you do to help you relax?

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I’ve tried to learn to sleep on my back for the longest time but sadly years of bad habbits makes it really uncomfortable. I’ve basically realized that for me, my best bet to stop sleeping on my back is when I become pregnant and sleeping on my stomach becomes impossible! Haha.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca

  • Victoria Meneses

    My skin looks better since I started to eat 1 tbsp of peanut butter everyday and of course drinking lots of water!

  • brioni Shinn

    LOL i thought that would be Magda from theres something about mary!!!

    Great tips!!

    Please check out my blog if you get a chance. thanks! xxx

    http://ltlyl-fashionandbeauty.blogspot.com/

  • Nikki Bright

    Do Kohl ship to the UK? xxx

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  • Janella Haf

    Thank you so much Lauren, your words always make me happy (:
    here is a post on my blog about skin http://www.janelladaydreamin.blogspot.com/2012/01/protect-your-skin.html

    Lauren, could you probably do a post on “”clear skin”" and how to get it?

    xo
    J
    http://www.janelladaydreamin.blogspot.com

  • Melissa Panici

    Skin tips! I love it. I had no idea you shouldn’t use a straw:) Thanks Lauren!

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    Love this post, very helpful! Number 1 was a real shocker though!

    http://coutureconfidential.blogspot.com/

  • Alexandra Dadisman

    Thanks for the great tips Lauren! I’ve struggled with problem skin since 6th grade, so some of these I knew but some were new to me!

    Alec

    Adventures With Alexandra

    PS. My blog has been nominated for a Fitness Magazine Award! Please vote for Adventures WIth Alexandra here! Thanks!

  • Shellz

    Great tips as always..i agree with everything you said. If you;re interested you can check out my skincare routine and products that have helped cleared my skin:

    http://www.shellzdoll.com/2011/09/27/my-skincare-routine-2/

  • Emma Andersen

    Fantastic tips, happy that you suggest them. Thank you!

    I don’t have an old wive’s tale, but i do have something my dad always says to me. He tells me fish is brain food and that you should eat fish at least once every week! It great for the brain. :)

  • Joana Alvarardo

    Thanks. This difintely helps out a lot. xo

  • Patty Colman

    Great tips! Sleeping on your face does cause permanent wrinkles ladies! That is why I invented the newest product in skincare and beauty called The Wrinkle Prevention Pillow- check it out! http://www.wrinklepreventionpillow.com – Sleep Tight We Will Make You Beautiful Tonight!

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  • tinamarie

    thanks for the tips!! i wouldn’t have guessed a straw would give you wrinkles!

  • Krista Gray

    This is great. I rely on tons of water (about 50-100 oz per day) and the primer from bareMinerals…have you tried it? It’s unreal: http://bit.ly/ABzCrY

  • Zoe g. Bullard

    Great tips! Sunscreen, a healthy diet, and lots of water are simple and so important. I have a really expressive face and maleable skin, which leads to wrinkles. When I first noticed my smile and forehead lines, I definitely freaked out. Now, I’m proud to be a happy, expressive person with the face to prove it! We wear our life on our skin, so we might as well have a great life to show off ;)

  • LaurenConrad.com

    @Christina Shumway – So funny! We saw that on Pinterest the other day and showed Lauren… Sadly, that is not something she actually does. She’s a Clarisonic finatic though. To get the real lodown on Lauren’s skin routine, read this (but ignore the giveaway bit, that’s over): http://bit.ly/qM9ge3

    XO Team LC.com

  • Kellie Norton

    I love this post!! Thanks for the tips!

    QUESTION: What is the best foundation to use for dry skin? I moisture a lot but whenever I put on powder foundation, it makes me skin look flaky. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Patty Colman

    A pillow that prevents your face from smashing into the pillow- If you really want to prevent those wrinkles then check out our pillow! It is made with yummy memory foam and its patented design lifts and supports your head so your face never touches the pillow. It also slightly elevates your head which is proven to help prevent eye puffiness? We are featured in Sharper Image this month! How do I send one to Lauren to try? She will Love It!

  • Rebecca Bliss

    thanks for the tips! especially the advice about straws. It’s also good for your skin to use a silk pillowcase, for those of us that turn over in our sleep like me!

    http://cutenbroke.tumblr.com/

  • Elisee prummel

    Amazing tips, thank you for that!
    especially that you always need to clean your face before bed, drink plenty of water and eat healthy.
    Xo

  • melissa cowie

    i love your little wrinkes there cute xo

  • Giulia De Luca

    I agree with you, wrinkles are also a life sign, better than some usefull accessories identify ourself!

  • tizzchen Tazi

    i am very lucky and have a pretty smooth babyface, expect around my eyes. when i smile i have those smile wrinkles but like you, i actually like them! it makes me look as the person who’s not afraid to smile and is a happy person :) and i prefer having wrinkles than never smiling! :D

  • maud wetering

    i can’t sleep on my backk. wehhhh. but i’ll try.

  • Kiwi

    I’ve been obessed lately with getting clear, smooth, mousterized, and tan skin! This is great help! Thanks Lauren!

  • Claudia Merrill

    cod liver supplements….I’ve tried them for about a month and it clears the skin up soo much. I’ve never had skin that looks more radient :)

  • Nicole Araos

    i guess i need water !!! i dont like so much, but i need <3

  • Nic and D PearlswithChampagne

    Keeping stress at bay is so important for your overall health. Yet again, great tips Lauren!

    http://pearlswithchampagne.wordpress.com/

  • Vanessa R

    Great tips! I definitely need to drink water more often :x

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    i’m going to start sleeping on my back now! :) amazing tips! thanks for sharing :)

    Here’s what I use to refresh my skin!

    http://soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-ponds-morning-refresh-cleansing.html

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com

  • Hannah Kinney

    Ahhhh! I’m THE WORST at washing my face before bed AND I’m a side/stomach sleeper. Hopefully the fruits, veggies & water I take in daily really do help with prevention. No wrinkles yet! … but I am only 23. :) Posts like this, with tips and tricks, make developing good habits fun. It’s almost like a challenging healthy-lifestyle checklist. Thanks Lauren!

  • Bev

    if this is what gives you skin like your’s (esp in that picture) then I’m all GAME!!!

  • Elizabeth Crum

    These are great! I use vitamin-e oil on my face daily and it works wonders!

  • Stephanie Ramos

    does anyone have a great moisturizer they would recommend?

  • Leanne

    Getting enough sleep, regardless of how you are positioned is also so important. I use bio around my eyes and I plaster my face in SPF 50.

    Love from South Africa

    http://www.arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Liesl

    What a useful and informative post, Lauren! I also posted my

    TOP 10 TUESDAY post!

    http://pretty-random-things.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-10-tuesday-websites.html

    Liesl xxx

    http://www.pretty-random-things.blogspot.com

  • Annette Falt

    Me too I have smile frinkles, sometimes they show more but I am pretty happy about them

    Br Annette from Norway

  • Annette Falt

    hmm, all my text did not show?! Anyways, I don’t agree with you about sleeping on your back. Best is child postition (everyone who does yoga knows this postition) ! Also do not lotion your body everyday, it starts to grave even more and itchying get wrose. It’s like don’t wash your hair everday either!

  • Liz C

    Wise words:) Thanks a lot for these tips!

    I think, one of the most popular and confirmed beauty tale is that anti-aging products and stuff like that really help…thats bullsh*t.

    In my opinion the affect of your psyche on your skin shouldn’t be underrated AND of course a healthy way of life is the alpha & omega:) So I totally agree with that and try every day to live under these rules, even though often it’s not that easy:)

  • Beth P

    Such a fab post! And great tips, I had no idea about straws or sleeping on my side, thank you thank you!

  • Suzy Zhang

    woah! i did not know that even drinking with a straw could cause wrinkle lines! :-O

    http://highprofilehighexpectations.blogspot.com/

  • Army wife

    unless you are pregnant, and have-to lay on your side :) Since I’ve had my son I’ve noticed I can’t sleep on my back anymore, habit I guess. Maybe that’s why I see some fine lines showing up around my eyes. :)

  • Bethany Jones

    Ooh, I never thought about not drinking through a straw! that’s a good point though.

  • kristen michelle

    I am all about the spf! Here are my favorites: http://platformsandpearls.com/index.html?entry=sun-saviors

    xo, KMHM

    http://platformsandpearls.com

  • Kylie Miller

    Really great tips! Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • Emma

    No. 2 is a problem for me, I can’t sleep on my back!

  • http://www.pinterest.com/eyeistwitto/ Crissymarie Lynn

    Swishing coconut oil for 20minutes each night gets rid of toxins in the mouth, gets rid of morning breath, bacteria, whitens teeth, and is RUMORED (may not be true) to heal minor cuts in the mouth and gums. Is this a Wives Tale, or does this hold some TRUTH?

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