Read what Deschutes Dermatology of Bend, OR has to say about skin care. Good skin care is the key to keeping your skin healthy and glowing and beautiful no matter what age you are. Sun protection and gentle cleansing are the very basic methods used in skin care. When used in conjunction with other safe practices, the natural aging process can be delayed, and various skin problems will be averted.
Protecting yourself from the sun
Sun exposure is one of the main factors that leads to skin aging. It can cause wrinkles, sunspots, age spots, and many other skin problems, and clearly, increases your risk for skin cancer. This is why sun protection is one of the most important skincare practices.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen when going outdoors and reapply it every two hours, or more often if you’re going swimming or if you’re sweating excessively.
- Avoid going under the sun between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM because that is when the ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
- Always wear protective clothing to cover your skin from harsh sunlight.
Smoking cigarettes is a major contributor to making the skin look old and wrinkled because it narrows the blood vessels on the outermost layer of the skin, decreasing blood flow and depleting oxygen and nutrients that keep the skin healthy. Components of cigarette smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which are the two most critical components of strong, supple skin.
Treat your skin gently
Contrary to popular belief, daily cleansing and frequent shaving can damage your skin.
- Limit your bath time and use warm water, instead of hot water, to prevent the skin’s natural oils from being washed away.
- When shaving, protect your skin by lubricating it beforehand. Use a clean and sharp razor, and remember to shave in the direction that the hair grows and not against it to prevent damage to the hair follicles.
- Pat yourself dry after bathing or washing to make sure that some moisture is retained on the skin.
- Use a moisturizer if your skin feels dry. Choose one that fits your skin type and is good for daily use. Also, consider using a moisturizer that already contains sun protection.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help you look and feel better. Some studies suggest that a vitamin C rich diet helps promote younger looking skin.
Stress can make your skin more prone to breakouts and other skin problems. Maintain a healthy state of mind by reducing stress and setting reasonable limits for yourself, scaling back your to-do list, and making time to do things that you enjoy doing.