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Photo credit: DeWayne Rogers for Steed Media

Photo credit: DeWayne Rogers for Steed Media

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and to ensure it remains healthy, we must fulfill its basic needs, like gentle cleansing, toning, moisturizing and sun protection. Olay encourages all African-American women to make their skin health a priority. Do you?

Here are five secrets to achieving and maintaining ageless beauty: (#BeAgeless)

  1. Get Your Beauty Sleep

When you are tired, it shows! Lack of sleep can have a major impact on mental alertness and your complexion. At nighttime,your body rids itself of toxins, which impact your skin. Sleeplessness compromises your body’s circulatory system and causes dark circles under the eyes. So put your phone on silent, turn off the lights and TV and aim for seven to eight hours of restful sleep.

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  1. Be Gentle and Get Even

For African-American women, washing their face too often can deplete its moisture. Try Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser gently cleanses, buffs away the top layers of skin, helping to remove dark spots and scars. It contains a dual occlusive-humectants system that smooth’s, hydrate’s, and renews the skin with an illuminating look after each use.

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  1. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

Warm showers and over washing your face can strip darker complexions of its natural oils, so African-American women should make moisturizing an integral part of their skin care routine. Choose a rich moisturizer like Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream which features conditioners that smooth, hydrate, and protect the skin. It also contains a powerful antioxidant complex with Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), NAG (N-Acetyl Glucosamine), OliveM™, Green Tea, and Undecylenoyl that deeply penetrates the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of dark spots, the amount of melanin production, and restores the skin’s natural glow.

  1. Get Healthy

A healthy diet can also help you look and feel your best beautiful. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Although the association between dieting and skin conditions are not clear, some studies suggest that a diet rich in vitamin C, low in unhealthy fats, processed or refined carbohydrates can promote healthy looking skin.

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  1. Get Protected

For generations, African-American women have been raised to believe the levels of melanin in their skin act as a natural defense against sun exposure – hence the old adage “Black Don’t Crack” – skin damage from unprotected sun exposure does happen. In fact, uneven skin tone and scarring are primarily the result of sun damage. All skin – no matter the complexion or its environment – can benefit from daily protection. Choose a sunscreen containing both UVA and UVB protection in a lightweight formula like Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion, which not only provides African-American skin with SPF-15 protection, re-energizes the skin’s appearance and removes dark spots, but won’t clog your pores.

Show us how you will jump-start your skin care resolution to achieve your best beautiful in 2016 with @Olay — use #MBIB #BeAgeless for a chance to be featured on @MBIB Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.