Healthy Skin Tips For Everyone

While your specific skin care regimen depends on your skin type, some healthy skin tips apply to everyone.

Perhaps the most serious skin care tip that dermatologists offer is to protect your skin from the sun. Not only does the sun cause the skin to age prematurely, it can also cause skin cancer.

Follow these guidelines:

  • Stay out of the sun when its rays are most direct, between about 10 a.m. and 3 or 4 p.m., depending on where you live.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, and use one that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation.
  • When you’re in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Protect your skin from the effects of smoking. Smoking prematurely ages the skin and causes wrinkles. The many detrimental effects of smoking include narrowing the tiny blood vessels in the outer layers of skin. This results in a decreased blood flow that depletes the skin of vital oxygen and nutrients.

Other healthy skin tips for everyone include these:

  • Be gentle with your skin. Limit its exposure to hot water, pat (don’t rub) your skin dry after a shower, use only mild cleansers and be careful when shaving.
  • Don’t go to bed wearing makeup, which can clog your pores.
  • Drink plenty of water, eat a nutritious diet and get plenty of sleep and exercise. Your skin needs these as much as the rest of your body.
  • Manage stress. Chronic stress can make acne, eczema or other skin problems worse.

Clear Skin Tips

If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, here are a few clear skin tips:

  • Cleanse only twice daily (morning and night) using a mild cleanser.
  • Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores.
  • Use oil-free moisturizers.

The link between diet and acne is controversial. An Australian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Smith et al., 2007) found that eating a low glycemic diet high in protein with few refined carbohydrates for 12 weeks reduced acne. The only way to know whether what you eat is a factor in your acne is to experiment with your diet.

If you need more serious skin care help, consult a dermatologist or esthetician. A dermatologist is a medical doctor trained to deal with skin problems, while an esthetician may be a good choice if you’re just looking for ways to maintain or improve the appearance of your skin.

Resources

American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.). Dermatologists share top 10 tips for healthy skin, hair and nails. Retrieved November 15, 2010, from http://www.aad.org/public/healthy_skin.html

Bailly , J. (n.d.). The clear-skin makeover. Retrieved November 15, 2010, from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/skin/clear-skin-makeover

Mayo Clinic. (2009). Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. Retrieved November 15, 2010, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-care/SN00003

National Skin Care Institute. (n.d.). Skin care: General guidelines shared by dermatologists to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Retrieved November 15, 2010, from http://www.skincarenet.org/skin-care.html

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