Everyday your skin faces challenges from the sun, pollution, stres, and more. With all of the elements challenging your skin, it can be difficult to find the right skin care routine that actually works. With the help of a dermatologist, these tips can help.
Getting rid of dead skin cells leads to silkier skin. If you are exfoliating your face, use a gentle method so you don’t irritate your skin. When shopping for exfoliation products, look for ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) in your facial products. When exfoliating tougher areas of your body, like your feet, you can use less gentle methods and products with ingredients like urea, lactic acid and glycolic acid.
Processed foods, simple carbohydrates, refined sugar, and excess animal fats are unhealthy for your body and skin. For many people, these things lead to inflammation in the body, which can then show up in the skin. Some research suggests that these foods also promote premature aging in the skin. Foods rich in antioxidants, like leafy greens and salmon, as well as other foods with low-fat dairy, whole grain breads, and pastas can contribute to a healthier skin.
Locking in the moisture of your skin with moisturizing products is essential for maintaining smooth skin. Use a light daily moisturizer with sunscreen on your face. Use a thicker cream for the rest of your body, ideally applying it right after you shower. You should be on the lookout for moisturizing ingredients in your skin care products, like hyaluronic acid, protectants (certain oils, waxes, petrolatum, butters), glycerin and ceramides.
Exercise helps regulate certain hormone levels and changes the composition of your skin so it looks more youthful. Exercising gets the blood moving through your body more rapidly, bringing more nutrients and oxygen to your skin. By improving blood circulation, your body produces more collagen; a key ingredient for younger-looking skin.
Sun damage is responsible for a variety of skin issues besides skin cancer. It’s also responsible for fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. Make sure to use a daily sunscreen that is broad-spectrum and has a SPF of 30 or higher. Re-apply every 2 hours when in the sun, or sooner if you’re in the water or sweating. When possible, stay in the shade and wear sun-protective clothing, like broad-brimmed hats and long sleeves.
Both smoking and excessive alcohol are damaging to your skin. Smoking causes premature aging of the skin by making it more prone to wrinkles and to having a leathery texture. It also inhibits your skin’s ability to heal itself. Alcohol dehydrates your body, which in turn, dries out your skin. Keep your drinking in moderation, which, according to the CDC, is 1 drink/day for women and 2 for men.
Most dermatologists offer a variety of cosmetic dermatology services that can help you achieve the silky skin you desire. Services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion remove damaged top layers of skin, which prompts your body to grow new, firmer skin.
If you are in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology. Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists at Vanguard, who will work with you to address your skin care needs.