HEALTHY LIVING
09/08/2011 08:12 am ET | Updated Nov 08, 2011

7 Free Ways To Get Better Skin

By Amy Wechsler, M.D. for YouBeauty.com

There are many factors that age our skin: sun damage and smoking to name two biggies.

And while wearing sunscreen every day and ditching the ciggies will do wonders for your complexion, the biggest beauty thief and ager of all is the stress our minds try to endure day in and day out.

You probably know how to care for your skin on its surface, but it’s so important to remember that for your healthiest, most vibrant skin, you must nurture it from the inside out. Enter the seven healthy habits for great skin. These are habits that you form to support radiant physical beauty.

All of them will help you to combat the stress that can age you six years or more.

It’s true that the best things in life are free. You don’t need a million bucks to feel (and look!) like a million bucks. There is so much you can do without spending an exorbitant amount of money, or time. In fact, a lot of what you can do right away costs close to nothing, including adopting these habits, some of which can create new neuronal pathways in your body.

The brain is not hardwired as much as we previously thought. And neither is your skin. The good news is that most of these habits involve doing less, not more, than you usually do!

7 Free Ways To Get Better Skin