5 Beauty Habits You Should Form Now (Your Older Self Will Thank You!)

Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but no matter your standards, you can't go wrong with treating your body well.

If you're trying to up your beauty game, that should be your starting point. We're all about forming healthy habits, and the five beauty routines below will help you get your glow on now, and continue on as you get older. If you're not forming the following habits now, you should start immediately! They'll pay off over the years.


Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it's also the most visible part of you. Of course, that makes it important to take care of, especially if you're going for that natural glow. We don't just mean moisturizing; helpful as moisturizer can be, you should also deal with the problem by drinking enough water.

As dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D. told Women's Health, "Water makes a big difference in skin health." When you're not drinking enough water, "skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent," she says. Staying hydrated, on the other hand, can reverse those issues. You've probably heard you should drink eight glasses of water per day, but you'll likely need even more if you exercise or drink coffee a lot.

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Wear Sunblock

Again, you need to love the skin you're in. No matter where you live, wearing sunscreen is super important. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing it any day when you'll be outside, even when it's cloudy. It can prevent sun damage, dark spots and skin cancer.

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Go Easy on Your Eyebrows

When shaped well, your eyebrows can really enhance your facial features. Unfortunately, it can take some trial and error to figure out just what works best for you (we know from experience!). Keep in mind while you're experimenting that it's better to err on the side of caution. If you over-pluck your eyebrows, there's a risk of permanent hair loss, as brow expert Shavata Singh told The Telegraph. Take the time to read up on brow shapes, watch tutorials, look at pictures or even visit a professional.


Wash Your Makeup off Before Bed

There's a lot of debate over how often you should wash your face and what you should use to do it, but there's one piece of advice on which most experts seem to agree: It's important to wash your makeup off before you go to sleep. As dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, M.D. told Teen Vogue, "Makeup can hang onto sweat, physical pollution and dirt." On top of that, she says it "may also harbor bacteria and debris you come into contact with during the day." All of those things can irritate your skin and break down collagen, which helps keeps your skin elastic and hydrated.

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Get Enough Sleep

People sometimes joke about getting their "beauty sleep," but it's actually a real thing. Sleep gives your body a chance to revitalize itself, and there are so many benefits. Getting enough sleep can help reduce inflammation, regulate hormones, repair damaged cells and just make you feel better overall. All of these processes fight issues like puffy eyes, eczema, and dull skin, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

There are so many beauty tips and tricks out there, but sometimes you just need to get back to the basics. When you treat your body well, you'll look and feel your best throughout your whole life.


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