Good skin care, including sun protection and gentle cleansing, can keep your skin healthy and glowing. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems.
We have collected 9 easy steps you can take to protect your skin from premature aging, blemishes, and cancer. Your dermatologist may or may not tell you these things, but in the end, certain lifestyle changes and inexpensive fixes can go a long way. Just remember to keep your doc in the loop so that you can work together for the best possible results.
Will reducing Caffeine consumption help?
First things first — coffee doesn’t cause acne, but it can make it worse. It depends on what you’re putting in your coffee, how much you’re drinking, and a few other factors.
So, it’s actually good that more water is pulled to help flush out your body, but you’ll need to compensate with extra plain water to stay properly hydrated. After that first cup or two of coffee, switch to warm water with lemon if you still need the relaxation of a warm beverage.
To learn to relax!
Always, pick a quiet place and set aside 5-10 minutes during the day when you will not be disturbed. You may find it helpful to turn off the television or radio as well as the phone.
We know this is easier said than done, but slow down! Buy a magazine instead of an expensive cream and just hole up in bed for an afternoon. Schedule some non-negotiable “me time” each day and take a walk, engage in a hobby, or just snooze. Even if it feels like you couldn’t possibly take the time to chill out, in the end, you will be much more effective after a break, and your skin will be clearer and more radiant.
No Make up For Gym!
Celebrity makeup artist Rosie Johnson says, “You should never really wear ANY makeup to the gym. Your skin is expelling and sweating out all the toxins and you don’t want to clog those pores.”
That’s dangerous because sweating is a protective mechanism that keeps you from overheating. Plus, once you’ve broken out, you’ll want to slather on even deeper layers of makeup to cover the blemishes. It’s a vicious cycle. If you must, apply some waterproof mascara and shiny lip balm and leave it at that.
Heal the damaged area
Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week. People with darker skin may need a little more than this. Your exposure time should depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight.
Of course, everyone makes mistakes, and if you do find yourself with sun damage, all is not lost. Skin care products with vitamin A (typically listed as retinyl palmitate, retinol, or tretinoin) can actually repair some of the visible effects of skin damage. You should be able to find a range of these creams over the counter.
So many ways to reduce skin cancer.
Sun avoidance and sunscreen are two of the best ways to lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Another great way to protect against and heal existing damage is through diet. Foods like blueberries, watermelon, nuts, seeds, carrots, leafy greens, cauliflower, and green tea all support the health of your skin. These are foods high in antioxidants, which can help stave off premature aging as well as lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
To keep the Makeup set clean
Your brushes are an investment, so it’s important to take care of them to make the most of the money you spent. When you clean your brushes, it ensures that they will maintain their quality and won’t be bent or damaged by makeup buildup.
But this is about more than breakouts – those same dirty brushes can actually make you sick. They can become contaminated with bacteria that is quite dangerous. A Staph infection, for example, is potentially deadly. If the skin on your face is already broken, chapped, or blemished, it is that much easier for bacteria to take hold and make you sick.
Humidifier over thick moisturizer?
Some dermatologists always have a new revolutionary product or treatment to hawk that will give you smooth, perfectly moisturized and glowing skin. And these products can have a place in your beauty regimen. But before dropping hundreds of dollars on the latest thing, try sleeping with a warm mist humidifier.
Adjusting the humidity level of your room can do wonders to relax and re-hydrate dry skin. Essential oils like helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, and frankincense can also improve skin condition, whether placed in your humidifier or mixed with a carrier oil and applied directly to problem areas.
And, hours before Botox
A week before you get Botox injections and dermal fillers, stop taking: aspirin, ibuprofen, Excedrin, Motrin, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, flax oil, cod liver oil, fish oil, vitamin A, vitamin E and other essential fatty acids. Also, avoid drinking alcohol a few days before your treatment.
If you’re concerned that your skin looks puffy, saggy, wrinkly, or just otherwise older than you really are, the cause could be as simple as not enough sleep. Along with smoking, lack of exercise, and unprotected sun exposure, insufficient sleep is at the top of the list in terms of things that can make you look older.
So before doing anything else, try adding in a few extra hours of slumber to your daily routine. It can be hard to shut down the devices and give ourselves over to more sleep, but doing so may free up countless hours during the day that you might otherwise spend on fighting the effects of exhaustion.
Parallelly, men’s skin functions a little differently.
When it comes to skin care, men have traditionally kept it simple. However, more men are now pursuing healthier, younger-looking skin, making it a great time for men to evaluate their skin care routine and learn more about how to take care of their body’s largest organ. Although there are key differences between men and women’s skin – for example, men’s skin is thicker than women’s – the basic elements of an effective skin care plan remain the same.
First, it’s important that everyone, including men, identify and understand their skin type:
- Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others
To help men develop healthy skin care routines, dermatologists recommend the following tips:
Consider product labels and ingredients: The skin care products you choose will depend on your skin type. If you have acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say “oil free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these won’t clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, use mild, “fragrance free” products, as products containing fragrances can leave skin feeling irritated and dry. However, beware of products labeled “unscented,” as many of these contain masking fragrances that can still irritate your skin.
Wash your face daily and after exercise: Since regular bar soap often contains harsh ingredients that can be drying to the skin, wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm – not hot – water.
Watch your shaving technique: For some men, multi-blade razors can work too well or shave too closely to your skin. If you often experience razor bumps, razor burns or ingrown hairs, use a single- or double-blade razor instead and do not stretch your skin taut while shaving. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Use a moisturizing shaving cream and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after each swipe of the razor, and change your blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.
Moisturize daily: Moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. For the best results, apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering or shaving while the skin is still damp.
Check your skin regularly: New spots or moles that itch, bleed or change color are often early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious spots, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Men over age 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than the general population. However, when caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
Wear sunscreen whenever outdoors: To help prevent sun damage that can lead to wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer, before going outdoors, apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your scalp, ears, neck and lips. For best protection, use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. You can also protect your skin by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing, including sunglasses that have UV protection and wide-brimmed hats.
Here’s what the dermatologists in the colder countries have to say: US, Canada.
Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. Download the AAD’s body mole map to document your self-examination, or the How to SPOT Skin Cancer™ Infographic and know what to look for when checking your spots.
If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
How to apply sunscreen?
- Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Follow these helpful tips when selecting a sunscreen.
- Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.
- Say yes to sun protection small: This Info-graphic gives important information on how to protect against skin cancer, including detailing the difference between physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen.
- Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
- Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
- To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen. For more skin cancer prevention tips, see a board-certified dermatologist.
People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product.
Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter. So whether you are on vacation or taking a brisk fall walk in your neighborhood, remember to use sunscreen.
For more skin cancer prevention tips, see a board-certified dermatologist.