Her hugs are healing, her chicken soup should be prescribed at the pharmacy and her beauty secrets? Well, some seem a little out there.
Grandma's a stunner, for sure, but do the old-fashioned skin and beauty rituals she swears by actually work?
We asked our Twitter community to share their grandmothers' best beauty advice. And from your answers one thing is clear: Nana's not afraid to tell you what she thinks. So we took some of that advice to the experts -- Dr. Jessica Krant, board-certified dermatologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and founder of Art of Dermatology, and Deborah Burnes, CEO and founder of sumbody and the author of "Look Great, Live Green" -- to figure out what works and what doesn't.
Read through then tell us, what was your grandma's top beauty tip?
Wear Sunscreen Every day
"My GMa told me to always wear sunscreen and oil of olay and to not touch my face. I still do!" -- <a href="https://twitter.com/KMGoodall" target="_blank">@KMGoodall</a> Grandma was certainly right about the SPF. Wearing sunscreen daily can help protect skin against cancer and visible signs of aging. "It's best to wear sunscreen every day, at least on your face, ears, neck and hands," Krant says. "By the time we are old enough to realize how important it is, a lot of the damage has already been done, so the earlier we start, the better." Stick with a lotion labeled "broad spectrum" and that has an SPF of 30 at the minimum. As for keeping your hands off your face? "In general this is a bit of a myth," says Krant. "Touching your face occasionally or for valid reasons with clean fingers will not cause any damage or breakouts."
Rub A Turnip On Your Face
"Rubbing half a turnip on your face is good for getting rid of spots." -- <a href="https://twitter.com/GenuineRiggers" target="_blank">@GenuineRiggers</a> While turnips contain some skin-loving vitamins (like A, C, E and B), Burnes says she can't vouch for the vegetable as a spot-fighter. Even so, Grandma wasn't so far off: There <em>are</em> some fruits and veggies that can help give skin a healthy glow. Both papaya and pineapple contain <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papain" target="_blank">papain</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromelain" target="_blank">bromelain </a>enzymes, which dissolve dead skin cells and help with cellular turnover, Burnes says. Raw potatoes could also help draw out skin impurities, when used over time.
Don't Overpluck Your Eyebrows
"Don't over pluck your eyebrows bc at a certain point they stop growing back&you'll look poor & out of date. Gotta love gma." -- <a href="https://twitter.com/whittstar" target="_blank">@whittstar</a> Grandma knows what's up when it comes to your brows. "Overplucking, just like overwaxing, eventually causes microscopic scarring at the roots of follicles, and over time, repeatedly plucked hairs may cause so much damage in the follicle that it will seal off and a scar will form, preventing a new hair from being able to grow," Krant says.
Wash Your Face Twice A Day
"Wash your face twice a day -- morning and night! Since I was 3." -- <a href="https://twitter.com/HannahKbaum" target="_blank">@HannahKbaum</a> While Nana may prefer to wash her face twice a day, this isn't necessarily the right move for everyone. "There is definitely no set rule on how often [you should] wash your face," Krant says. Those who don't go heavy on the makeup or aren't prone to oily skin may do just fine with a once-a-day wash. Whatever your routine, it's washing gently that's important, Krant says: "No matter what, facial cleansing should be gentle, and should not include overly aggressive scrubbing or exfoliation on a regular basis. This actually can be counterproductive, causing overdrying and irritation, which can lead to the skin overproducing oil to compensate and in an attempt to rehydrate and protect itself."
Moisturize Twice A Day
"Remove makeup and moisturize your skin in the morning and evening." -- <a href="https://twitter.com/Yolanda_Mcc" target="_blank">@Yolanda_McC</a> Again, there is no universal practice -- Grandma may have been regimented in her moisturizing, but your skin might need less.
Remove Your Makeup Every Night
"Always remove make-up before bed!" -- <a href="https://twitter.com/JessLostrappo" target="_blank">@JessLostrappo</a> Ten points to Gran! Krant says removing makeup every evening before bed is a healthy practice, as makeup contains chemicals and collects dirt and impurities throughout the day -- all of which can be detrimental to your skin. Don't fret if you forget a few times a month (hey, we're human); this shouldn't have a major impact on the health of your skin.
Drink Lots Of Water
"Drink lots of water and eat ice cream every once in awhile :)" -- <a href="https://twitter.com/radellann" target="_blank">@radellann </a> Staying hydrated is <em>always</em> a good idea. "Maintaining healthy fluid balance in the body is important for every aspect of health, including hair and skin," Krant says. As for the ice cream? Sugar isn't exactly your skin's BFF: <a href="http://www.dailyglow.com/photo-gallery/the-10-worst-skin-habits#/slide-7" target="_blank">It can affect collagen</a> and leave you more vulnerable to wrinkles and lines.
"SMILE! It's the prettiest thing a person can wear & it doesn't cost anything." -- <a href="https://twitter.com/cellesta666" target="_blank">@cellesta666</a> We agree, Grandma!
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