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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.
Great skin is a major part of a great first impression! At your dermatologist, we want to provide you with a proper skin care regimen that will help you maintain healthy, clear and balanced skin.
First, be sure to keep your skin care regimen simple and consistent. A basic regimen should involve a couple of products and techniques that work well for you. Over time you may need to try other techniques or products to best match your individual needs, but remember to keep it simple and utilize them on a regular basis. Your dermatologist will be able to help you determine the best strategy.
Second, remain active. Sweat will help to keep the skin’s pores open and clear debris and oils that are the primary offender in the development of blackheads and acne. Be sure to bathe shortly after perspiring to keep your skin clean. Frequent exercise and activity can help regulate hormone levels, which is important for teenagers who are going through puberty.
In search of a better complexion? Here are some suggestions:
- Clean your face at least twice a day
- Exfoliate twice a week to eliminate dead skin cells
- Be sure to get plenty of vitamins
Want to get your dermatologist's advice on how to structure your new skin care regimen? Contact us today to discuss a plan customized to your skin type and specific needs!
At some point in our lives we have all been guilty of it. We fall into a beauty routine and use the same products day after day - even year after year - and don’t recognize the harm that is being done to our skin. Your dermatologist works to provide you with common skin habits that might be harming your skin. By recognizing these harmful habits, you can take the next step to healthy, glowing skin.
Picking Pimples: When a pimple first appears, many of us immediately pop or pick at it. This is very harmful to your face. If you experience frequent pimples and blemishes seek professional help from your dermatologist. Your dermatologist can recommend products that contain anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterial and healing agents. Popping a pimple will only make the scar worse or could spread the breakout, so stop now.
Going to Bed with Dirty Skin: While many of us go to bed exhausted, sometimes skipping our own routines, it is important to not skip cleaning your face—it is a necessity. Whether you wear makeup or not, pollution, dust, skin cells and oil all accumulate on the surface of your skin throughout the day. Cleaning your skin at night helps to freshen your skin and remove these harmful agents.
Going Outside without SPF: Tanning is not the only reason for aging of the skin—any time spent in the sun at all also contributes to aging skin. SPF15 or above is the perfect addition to a skincare routine to help prevent aging. Look for a moisturizer or primer with tint and SPF added to give you a multi-tasking product.
Using Soap to Cleanse Your Skin: You might tell yourself to just grab a bar of soap to clean your face, but that can do more harm than good. Soap is an alkaline, which removes oil and dirt effectively. On the other hand, soap also strips the protective barrier from the surface of your skin. Your dermatologist recommends looking for soap-free, acid-balanced cleansers that are designed specifically for your skin condition and type.
Boiling Hot Showers: While the feeling of a hot tub or nice hot shower can help ease muscle aches and pains, while keeping us warm on a cold morning, the warmer the water the more stimulating it can be on your skin—especially your face. If you are choosing to cleanse, exfoliate and use a mask in the shower, be sure to turn down the temperature to avoid causing unneeded redness and inflammation.
Contact your dermatologist for more information on how to better care for your skin, and to skip those harmful habits you might be used to.
Your skin is your armor—it protects you against injury and infection. Typically, people tend to concentrate on caring for their face because it is what is most noticeable to others. However, it is important to care for skin below the neck as well. Proper skin care varies by body part, as some areas have thinner, more sensitive skin than others. Your dermatologist in provides you with the information you need to properly care for your skin.
While shopping for skin care products at the pharmacy or beauty store, it may be difficult to decide what products to use on your skin. Your dermatologist offers you helpful tips in caring for the skin on each part of your body, including your:
- Face – The best way to prevent dry skin on your face is to moisturize.
- Lips – Since your lips retain less moisture than other parts of your body, they tend to dry out more quickly, which means it is important to maintain moisture by using balm several times a day.
- Hands – Your hands bare the brunt of the seasons more than any other part of your body. It is important to pay attention to your hands by applying moisturizer—especially during the flu season when we tend to wash our hands more vigorously than normal.
- Feet – Use a thick moisturizer daily on your feet to maintain moisture and keep your feet softer.
- Scalp – In order to keep your scalp from drying, wash your hair once a day with a mild shampoo and do not use water that is too hot.
- Body – Try washing your body with a moisturizing cleanser. If you have sensitive skin look for skin care products that cater to your individual skin needs.
Visit your dermatologist today, for more information on how to properly care for your skin year round. Whether your skin is normal, oily or sensitive, there is a skin care treatment just for you.
With a few simple diet tweaks, you can help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness and thinning skin. When people say, “you are what you eat,” it is especially true when it comes to your skin. In the same way that certain foods can ruin your figure, some foods will also ruin your skin—and, conversely, adopting a healthy skin diet can make all the difference in the world. What you feed your body dictates whether you have healthy skin or problem skin, so it is time to watch what you eat. Being food-conscious is officially not just important for helping you fit into your jeans. Your dermatologist can help you care for your skin by offering an effective diet plan.