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Fitness

Skin-Sational: 5 Ways to Rewind the Beauty Clock

You'll jump through hoops to keep your body looking young (and you have the legs to prove it!), but what are you doing to stave off the signs of aging skin? Here's how to turn back the clock.
Healthy, glowing skin Prevent Dullness

As we get older the rate of skin-cell turnover starts to slow, causing a buildup of dead skin. And the pace at which these cells are shed isn't the same all over your face. Cells in the T-zone, where there are more oil glands, tend to get replaced faster than the skin on the sides of your face. The result? A patchy effect that interrupts light reflection. But it's easy to get glowing again.

Your superstar ingredient: Glycolic acid
It helps break apart the gluelike substance holding dead skin cells together, Dr. Alster says. The result: An even, more luminous surface.

How to use it: Glycolic acid can irritate skin. If you can tolerate the ingredient, smooth on a moisturizer containing it daily, or try it two times a week if you have sensitive skin. If that's still too aggravating, try a glycolic-based cleanser, which rinses away dead skin.

FITNESS faves: Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer ($45, sephora.com), and DermaDoctor Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansing Gel ($25, ulta.com).

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