There are no shortage of freaky, pseudo-scientific procedures and treatments women will line up for in the hopes of getting clear, healthy skin. From chemical peels to celebrity-endorsed acne treatments, we spend billions of dollars each year on stuff to fix our skin–and most of the time, they don’t work (remember Tyra Banks‘ $200 cream rage?). But healthy, pretty isn’t so much about what do to it, it’s more about what you don’t do. Curbing a few bad habits can dramatically improve your skin–and doesn’t cost anything.
Like so many other aspects of life, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and skipping out on unhealthy behavior not only make you feel terrific, they also help you look your best–better, in fact, than expensive treatments or shortcuts. And your skin is no different.
Before blowing your cash on anti-aging, wrinkle-treating, zit-reducing miracle cures that are hawked on late night TV, consider these few, easy changes to your daily routine that will make your whole self happier and healthier–and, as a result, can also help clear up breakouts, minimize signs of aging, and generally make you look and feel like a healthier, more awesome you.
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