Taking Care of Your Skin!

skin care tips

Listen to Your Skin

By: Dr. Masoud Esfahani

This body and skin is the only one you are given in this life. You can choose to take care of it and look your best through the years or not. The normal changes of aging are inevitable though As you age, your skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to. So it gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness.

Ready to Make a Difference in Your Skin?

  • Begin somewhere. Analyze your current skin regimen or lack-thereof. Do you cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen daily? This may be news to you, but every skin type needs moisture and replenishment, even oily. Use a moisturizer after mildly cleansing your skin every day. Apply while your skin is still a little damp from rinsing to help lock in moisture. Search for an oil free, lightweight moisturizer for oily pores, so as not to block them.
  • Stick with it to instill healthy new habits. Whether you’re a teenager or have lived a few years, it’s never too late to start, now that you know better. For example, aim for alcohol- and fragrance-free washes, so to not dry your skin. Don’t use hot water but warm water. Hot water removes natural oils. Repeat, repeat, repeat daily!
  • Don’t be hesitant to seek a professional. Even you, who may be the most reluctant person to seek help from anyone other than yourself and the online research you usually turn to. It’s wise to fill in the gaps if you notice that despite all your life modifications, there’s still that something about your skin, you haven’t been able to perfect yet. You’ll surprise yourself by how much a dermatologist, for instance, can teach you.
  • Do you even SPF? If you don’t carry the habit of donning (wearing) sunscreen every day, start immediately. By getting a daily moisturizer that has sunscreen SPF in it already, you’re already there. Just like second hand smoke impacts you, so does just 15 minutes of sun exposure, on your walk to your car. Look for sunscreen that works against both UVA and UVB rays, an SPF of at least 30. Wear it every day, no matter the weather outside because the sun’s rays reflect off of almost everything and reach you, in any season. A few other sun-safety tips are, try to limit direct contact with the sun’s rays between 10 AM and 2 PM, when you are at most risk. Also, aside from applying sunscreen about every two hours if you’re in the sun for long, wear big hats, thin long sleeves and pants, along with pale colors to keep you cool. Most importantly, do not get addicted to fake tans via beds. No matter what they claim, the lamps used in tanning facilities harm just as much as the sun.

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