Taking care of your skin should be built into your everyday life.
Skin, while seen from the outside, has many internal benefits you cannot see, which is why it’s essential to properly care for your skin.
Detecting discolorations of the skin, changes in birth moles, unexplained pain and severe dry skin should be examined immediately by a dermatologist.
For daily skincare, here are some basic steps every dermatologist would like you to take:
1. Be mindful when in the sun and wear sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 while avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
2. Do not smoke, as it can not only make you appear older and produce wrinkles. It will also narrow tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, leading to decreased blood flow. You also suffer damage from loss of collagen and elastin, which are strength and elasticity.
3. Eat a healthy diet full of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Remember to also drink the recommended eight glasses of 8 oz. water per day, as your skin can appear dehydrated.
4. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep re-energizes your entire body and makes you look and feel more awake and vibrant.
5. Moisturize your skin after your shower and before bedtime. Moisturizer replenishes your skin and prevents damage from dry skin. A dermatologist can help you determine which type of moisturizer will work best on your skin type.
6. Limit your time in hot baths and showers as the hot water can remove oils from your skin.
7. If you have sensitive skin, choose a dye and perfume-free soap. Choose a soap made specifically for sensitive skin.
8. Try and decompress from stress as much as possible. Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive than before as well as trigger breakouts of acne.
9. Routinely examine your skin all over for any problems. If you suspect a change in your skin, consult a dermatologist.