Everyone wants to maintain a healthy, youthful look as they age. With some easy tips and preventative measures from your dermatologist, your skin can remain healthy and vibrant through the years. You can’t stop the aging process, but you can begin to prevent signs of premature aging by protecting your skin from the sun, quitting smoking and reducing facial strain such as squinting.
With aging, not only does the appearance of your skin change, but your risk of developing skin cancer can grow as well. Your dermatologist is here to help diagnose, treat and prevent skin complications. Protect your skin and extend your life by taking extra precautions and watching out for the health and appearance of your skin, because beautiful skin is healthy skin.
Follow the Basics
By practicing a regular skin regimen, you can maintain healthy skin for a more youthful appearance. Some basic steps to keep your skin glowing include:
- Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle non-soap cleanser.
- Use a moisturizer twice a day.
- Use a sunscreen every day.
- Choose make-up that is oil-free and non-comedogenic (doesn’t easily block pores).
- Protect your lips with lip block or lipsticks with sunscreen
- Avoid long hot showers or baths. Hot water extracts natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry.
Keep your regimen simple in order to be able to stick with it over time. The more difficult your skin care regimen is, the harder it may be to maintain. Choose skin care products that you enjoy using every day and that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Your dermatologist recommends that people perform a skin self-exam once a month to keep an eye-out for any changes in your skin that may be harmful.
If you notice any changes in the appearance of your skin, it is vital that you visit your dermatologist for a consultation. Your dermatologist has the ability to successfully diagnose any skin problems that may arise.