Ten Tips for Super Skin
Your board-certified dermatologists at Genesis Dermatology specialize in enhancing your skin’s natural beauty, correcting imperfections and expertly repairing damage to your skin.
Often, however, we see patients who, with a few simple guidelines, could ward off some of the damage before it starts.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to keep your skin in prime condition.
1. Stop smoking.
If you smoke (or use e-cigarettes), the nicotine narrows the tiny capillaries that bring blood to the surface of the skin, inhibiting the renewal of cells and the removal of toxins. And of course, cigarette smoke itself is full of hundreds of toxins that end up circulating in your bloodstream and are conveyed to your skin. Also the act of pursing your lips causes more fine wrinkles around the mouth.
2. Use sunscreen.
In addition to the risk of skin cancer, the sun causes slight damage to the top layer of skin with each exposure. Over time, this damage adds up, resulting in wrinkles, age spots, and visible redness. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 whenever you’re out in the sun. Something with zinc oxide which is a physical blocker is preferable. ISDIN has antioxidants and a plant extract that treats the pre cancers while it is blocking addition rays. Come in for ISDIN this summer and get 15 percent off of this new revolutionary combination of sunblock and treatment in one.
3. Avoid hot water.
Hot water dries skin, and causes redness and irritation in those with sensitive skin. Lukewarm water works just as well. And don’t scrub. Gentle cleansing removes dirt without removing natural oils needed to protect the skin’s surface.
4. Stick to a simple skincare regimen.
The fewer products, the better. Overuse of numerous skincare products can irritate skin. Stick to a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, and check with us before adding more exotic products to your skincare routine. If your skin can tolerate it and you are very good about staying out of the sun, a topical form of Vitamin A called Retin A or a retinol is the best nighttime skin care product for your skin.
Exercise bathes the skin with blood, facilitating the turnover of old skin cells and promoting the growth of newer cells. In addition, it promotes the circulation of lymphatic fluid, which is the body’s way of removing waste and delivering nutrients. Any type of exercise is good, even a brisk walk.
6. Mind your diet.
Sugar, refined flour, and highly processed foods can all irritate skin, as well as breaking down the elastin and collagen you need to keep your skin looking younger. Try to eat the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day. Sticking to a mediterranean diet has been shown to help with acne break outs and probably be the best for your overall skin health.
7. Drink water.
Water moisturizes skin from the inside out, as well as flushing out toxins and plumping up skin cells. Aim for 64 ounces per day.
As with exercise, slow, deep belly breathing facilitates the removal of waste through the lymphatic system. Also, the increased circulation of blood promotes cell turnover and encourages the formation of collagen and elastin to minimize wrinkles.
Stress is bad for every part of your body, but it shows up most readily on your skin. Conversely, numerous studies have shown that those who practice meditation or any other form of deep relaxation heal faster.
You know that sleep is important for a host of factors, but you may not know the impact lack of sufficient sleep can have on your skin. Your body uses the time when you’re asleep to repair damage, and this includes damage to the skin cells. If you don’t get the recommended eight hours, it will definitely show up on your skin as inflammation and poor skin tone.