Dermatology Skin Care

Proper skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help you keep your skin looking and feeling young. Help prevent skin damage and delay the signs of aging with the following six dermatologist tips.

#1 – Sun protection
Protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen and cover all sun-exposed areas. Use an SPF of at least 15 for your daily sunscreen. Consider using a higher SPF sunscreen if you will be outside between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the UV rays are the strongest. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and stay in the shade when possible. Protective clothing such as hats, glasses, pants, and long-sleeved shirts are also helpful for protecting the skin from the sun. The average cotton shirt has an SPF protection of about five and some lines of clothing for outdoor enthusiasts contain SPF protection of up to 50.

#2 – Healthy Food Choices
Eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants can help boost your skin’s natural defenses against sun damage, free radicals, and skin cancer. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants to help protect your skin. Tomatoes may help increase sun protection by 33 percent and carotenoids and polyphenols found in dark leafy vegetables and fruits such as apricots and apples may help reduce your risk of skin cancer by as much as 50 percent.

#3 – Just say no to smoking
Smoking has many damaging effects on your skin. It speeds up the aging process causing premature wrinkles. It constricts your blood vessels and depletes oxygen and essential nutrients needed for healthy skin. It reduces collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping your skin soft and elastic for a healthy glow.

#4 – Reduce stress
Stress can have negative effects on the health of your skin, making your skin more sensitive to skin irritations and acne. Work on reducing your stress levels. Exercise, meditation, and prayer are great stress relievers and help improve your overall health and quality of life.

#5 – Skin care routine
Keep your daily skin care routine gentle. Hot showers and harsh soaps or cleansers can strip your skin of essential oils. Take warm showers and baths instead of using hot water and use a mild soap that doesn’t dry your skin. Use a shaving gel or cream when shaving and moisturize your skin with a good lotion when you get out of the bath or shower.

#6 – Skin exam
Visit your dermatologist for an annual skin exam. A regular visit to your dermatologist can help you make the most out of your skin care and help you detect any skin cancer early. Most skin cancers are almost 99 percent curable if detected and treated early.