Want a Big Impact on your Skin? Make These Three Choices!
Maybe you’ve heard that your skin is the largest organ of your body. Without even being told, you know that your skin is exposed to environmental elements more than any other part of the body. These facts are so common that they easily fall to the wayside. Skin care is not something that gets much attention on a proactive stance. What we typically discuss are ways to minimize aging with injectables and laser treatments; how to reduce acne with appropriate medical care. Here, we want to jump to the preventive side and talk about three simple choices that can make a positive impact on your skin now and for your lifetime.
Keep it Safe
Because the skin is so exposed to ultraviolet light, protection is a top priority. UV radiation from sunlight (and tanning lamps) is a leading cause of premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer. There are numerous sunscreen products from which to choose, but many experts agree that a quality zinc oxide sunscreen offers outstanding protection from the sun. It isn’t enough to wear sunscreen during that day at the beach; daily use is vital to ongoing dermatologic health.
Keep it Nourished
What we eat matters. Food nourishes our cells, and our cells accumulate at the surface of the body to create our appearance. Dull, acne-prone and aging skin are somewhat within our power to control when we feed the body well. To nourish the skin from the inside out:
- Consume fresh fruits and vegetables daily. The more fresh foods we eat, the better our skin will look and feel. This is because fruits and vegetables are abundant in phytonutrients that fuel the cells of the body with more energy to support vital function, including the turnover of skin cells.
- Drink more water and herbal tea than coffee and soda. Both water and herbal teas have a detoxifying effect on the body. Water also replenishes hydration that so many are lacking. When the body is dehydrated, no amount of topical lotion can support healthy skin.
- Sleep well. Sleep is vital to ongoing health, and even to the skin. When we sleep, cellular renewal occurs. Whether your ideal is 5 hours or 9, stick to a schedule that allows you to wake up looking and feeling refreshed.
Keep it Vital
Skin care is necessary, and this goes beyond just washing your face in the shower. If the ski goes too long without advanced exfoliation, no skin care product will penetrate the surface of cellular buildup that has formed. An occasional chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment at a reputable medical spa is an affordable and comfortable way to ensure your skin is absorbing vital ingredients from skincare products.
Our team of nurses and physicians is happy to assist you with dermatologic concerns. Contact us at 610-594-6660.