Your skin reflects your health. For good skin care, start developing healthy habits that guard your valued possession from outer (and inner) forces.
Here are some basic skin care tips:
• Before spending a lot on skin care products, evaluate your current skin care routine. Do you properly cleanse your skin and wear sunscreen every day? Even though you won’t see immediate results, those little steps make a big difference over time. If you’re a teenager or if you have a teenager at home, start now to develop healthy habits. If you’re older, you can still nourish, pamper, and protect your skin for the future.
• Clean and moisturize your skin daily. Wash your face twice daily; once in the morning and once at night before going to bed. After you cleanse your skin, follow with a toner and moisturizer. Toners help to remove fine traces of oil, dirt, and make-up that you may have missed when cleansing. Moisturizing is necessary even for people with oily skin. Buy a moisturizer that is best suited for your skin type (dry, normal, or oily).
• Block the sun. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes many changes in the skin, including wrinkles, discoloration, freckles or age spots, benign (non-cancerous) growths such and pre-cancerous or cancerous growths such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. In fact, most skin cancers are related to sun exposure. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with the physical blocker zinc oxide and a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater. Cover exposed areas with protective clothing, such as a long-sleeve shirt, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat.
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Use a generous amount of sunscreen and reapply it every two hours, and more often if swimming or sweating.
Keep in mind that tanning beds are just as harmful as direct sunlight, as they also emit ultraviolet rays.
• Seek professional help for skin problems. Your skin will not be perfect. It can be dry or oily; it can develop rashes and acne, among many other issues. Address the problem with a professional skin expert, either a skin aesthetician at your local salon or a dermatologist for more severe skin problems.
• Self screening. Over the course of your life, you should pay attention to all parts of your skin. Familiarize yourself with it, so you’ll notice any changes that might occur, such as different moles or patches that might indicate skin cancer. Whenever you have a question or concern, make sure you see your doctor.
• Stay Hydrated.
Keeping your skin moist is essential to skin protection. Skin that is properly hydrated retains pliability and prevents chapped skin or scaly, flaky skin:
1- Drink lots of water. This is key to hydrating your skin.
2- Use the right moisturizing cream or lotion for your skin type and apply it right after drying off from your bath or shower. Avoid products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, as this ingredient removes natural oils needed by your skin.
3- Take warm (not hot) showers or baths, and limit them to between 5 and 10 minutes. It seems counterintuitive, but exposure to water actually dries out your skin. If dry skin persists, consider cutting back on the number of baths you take.
• Take Health Precautions. Practicing skin protection means paying close attention to what touches your skin, to lower your chances of exposure to germs:
1- Don’t share any personal items, such as lip balms or toothbrushes.
2- Don’t share drinks with other people.
3- Avoid touching your face with your fingers or with objects like telephone receivers that have been used by others.
• Use Gentle Skin Care. Washing your face is important to remove dirt, oils, germs, and dead cells.
1- Wash your face twice daily with warm water and a mild cleanser.
2- Gently massage your face with a washcloth, using a circular motion.
3- Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all soap and debris.
4- Pat your skin dry — don’t rub — then apply your facial moisturizer.
• Know Your Skin. Pay attention to odd freckles, moles, and growths on your skin, and consult your doctor if you notice any changes. Other skin conditions that merit a dermatologist visit include frequent acne, inflamed or irritated dry skin, and skin rashes and irritations that don’t go away, as these could be signs of one of the many types of dermatitis, or skin inflammation.
With proper skin care to pamper skin from the outside and with a good diet to nourish from within, skin protection comes down to a few simple steps.