We all want healthy looking skin because it makes us look younger, more vibrant and we tend to feel better about ourselves when we know we look good. For a lucky few, healthy skin is fairly easy to maintain and requires minimal effort. For the rest of us, it takes a little more work. But keeping your skin healthy doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out, painful process.
In fact, there are a few easy things you can do each day that will keep your skin looking young.
- Stay hydrated. Water affects every organ and system in your body and is important for maintaining healthy skin. How much water do you need? The old rule of thumb is eight glasses per day. But your personal hydration needs will differ with your activity level, diet, metabolism and your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Discuss with your doctor how much water you should be drinking and stick to it. Your skin will thank you.
- Wear sunscreen every day. Sunscreen is not just for laying on the beach. Being out in the sun for any more than a few minutes can damage your skin. There are a huge variety of sunscreens on the market that cater to a variety of skin types. At the very least, look for a wide spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more.
- Don’t overdo the skin products. It’s easy to get caught up in all the great skincare products available. You can spend a lot of money buying everything from nighttime moisturizer to a daily facial mask and end up making your skin look worse. Sometimes less is more. Start with one or two skincare products and see if they’re right for you, then go from there. For even better results, see a dermatologist who can recommend what products you need based on your skin type.
- Adjust your skincare routine for each season. Do you really need a strong moisturizer during the summer when the air is more humid? Probably not. Pay attention to how your skin reacts during different seasons and adjust your routine accordingly.
- Exercise and get enough rest. You often don’t associate these two activities with your skin, but they do make a difference in how your skin looks. Lack of sleep causes the body to produce stress hormones, and stress is very tough on the skin. Exercise, on the other hand, gets your blood moving and makes you sweat – both great for keeping your skin looking good.
While there are a lot more ways you can help your skin stay healthy, the above are just a few basic ways to care for your skin. The key is to not make it too complicated for yourself. Just living an overall healthy lifestyle by eating right, drinking enough water, getting enough rest and so forth, will go a long way to keeping your skin healthy.
If you are concerned about how you look or think your skin can benefit from a little pampering, call us today to schedule an appointment. We offer a wide array of treatments; from chemical peels to Collagen injections.