You know you should be taking care of your skin. Perhaps you spend time each day with your favorite face wash, or that silky new moisturizer in an effort to maintain the firmness and radiance you currently enjoy. Our skin is an interesting organ. It can require a heck of a lot more than we imagine. The thing is, what often happens is we go above and beyond without remembering a few basic ways that we can have maximum impact in our beauty routine. We’re going to list them here, and you may be surprised at just how convenient they are!
Who doesn’t like the idea of living well? But what does that mean and how does it relate to your skin? For greater dermatologic health and resilience, the basic starting point is to:
- Sleep well. This may be 6 hours a night for some, and it may be 9 for others. The point is, don’t skimp on sleep. Doing so will cause you to have dark circles or bags. These may seem like temporary concerns, but the reality is lack of sleep prevents us from regenerating at a cellular level, and this means premature aging.
- Eat well. We’ll just be blunt. Processed foods and fast food do not nourish the body in an optimal way. Skin health, in particular, flourishes when the cells are fueled with phytonutrients, those that come from fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a prevalent problem because many people think that any fluid is good fluid. Not so, when it comes to your skin. Water is the best thing to put in your mouth. Next to that, detoxifying is aided with herbal teas. These are far better choices than sodas and coffees that actually deplete nutrients from the body.
Next to choosing good lifestyle habits, it pays to choose skincare products with a great deal of discernment. It is necessary to recognize that over-the-counter skincare products, even those that cost hundreds of dollars, are only active on the skin’s surface. Medical grade skincare penetrates the epidermis to affect greater change. Whichever path you choose for purchase, look for key ingredients such as:
- Glycolic acid
- Antioxidants like green tea
- Vitamin C
What kind of help would we be if we skipped over the vital necessity of UV protection? We can all use a friendly reminder from time to time, so here it is: use sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine. It’s that simple.
Does your skin need a boost? Contact our Spring Lake dermatology office at (732) 449-0167.