Not everyone has time for lengthy, demanding skin care routines, but it is important to remember the basics. With fundamental skin care and good lifestyle choices, it can help prevent skin problems and delay the aging process in short, simple steps.
1. Protect yourself from the sun.
Summer is just around the corner, and with Houston's heat extensive weather, protecting your skin should be the number one priority. A lifetime of exposing yourself to sun can result in wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems, such as risks of skin cancer.
Be smart about it: Use a sunscreen lotion or spray that is at least SPF 15. It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you are outside, and even more often if you are swimming. Also, avoid the sun between 10:00am and 4:00pm, when the sun's rays are the strongest, and wear protecting clothing if you can't avoid it.
2. Don't smoke.
Smoking can make your skin look aged and wrinkled, which gives you a much older look. It narrows the blood vessles in the outmost layers of the skin, decreasing the blood flow. This in turn depletes the skin of the oxygen and nutrients important for healthy skin. Also, the consistent facial expressions someone makes while smoking, the pursed lips to inhale and the eye squinting to keep the smoke out, it can contribute to wrinkles as well. If you are a current smoker, the best way to protect your skin is to quit altogether.
3. Treat your skin softly and gently.
Cleansing your skin every day can take a toll on your skin, so a few reminders to keep it gentle include:
4. Eat a healthy diet.
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help maintain a healthy diet that will keep you looking and feeling your best. There isn't a lot of information between the association of diet and acne, but some research shows that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats, processed or refined carbohydrates might help your skin look younger.
5. Manage stress.
Stress can make your skin more sensitive, which can increase the amount of acne breakouts and other skin issues. To encourage healthy skin, remember to take steps to manage your stress by setting reasonable limits and making time to do things you enjoy.
For more details, contact Mosaic Clinic Dermatology at www.mcdermatology.com to schedule your skin care appointment today!