Dermatologist Recommended Skincare Tips for A Skin Happy New Year!

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Skin is the largest organ of the human body and serves several pretty important jobs, as well. It regulates our temperature and can let us know when something just isn’t right. It protects us from disease and illness. And, while basic skincare is a great start, learning a little more can't hurt- especially from a professional perspective.

Dermatologists from around the globe give us some little-known skincare tips, to help keep your epidermis healthy, youthful, and radiant! 

Sun Safety:

An oldie, but a goody for sure. Sun damage is no joke. It can lead to some serious health issues, including deadly melanoma. It also damages your skin and can accelerate the aging process. No one wants premature aging so play it safe- stay out of the sun as much as possible and invest in a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Consistency:

When it comes to skincare, consistency is key. A set routine can help to keep your skin strong and healthy while also making it easier to keep track of any changes and/or warning signs of something serious. 

Absorption:

Speaking of your skincare routine, when you layer your products, be sure to allow each layer 3 to 4 minutes to absorb for best results.  

Your Period Matters:

During ‘that time of the month,’ your skin can become more sensitive, oily, and prone to redness. Make use of the many products available to combat these issues.

Healthfulness Can Impact Beauty:

How healthy you are on the inside can very much impact your skin health. Eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, regular exercise, and regular dermatology visits can greatly improve the health of your skin. 

Hydration:

Dehydration can cause your skin to look unhealthy and dull. It is important to hydrate both the inside of your body and the skin itself. Drinking plenty of water and incorporating a decent moisturizer to your daily skincare routine can help keep your skin looking radiant and healthy. Be sure to check out our hydrating facial mist with SPF!

Hot Showers:

Hot showers can dry out your skin. If you must take a hot shower, be sure to always moisturize afterward. Ideally, the water temp should be lukewarm (some even say cold!).

Facial Massages:

Regular facial massages can help combat wrinkles and slow the aging process. It helps to stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness as well. It can also be incredibly relaxing!

Pay Attention to Your Lips:

Your lips are usually the first to show signs of dryness and/or dehydration. Always pay attention to your lips. If you notice them drying out, it could be a cue to moisturize all over.

SPF:

Sunscreen is imperative and those that are in the formula of your foundation are simply not enough. Even if your make up boasts an SPF of 30, you are likely only actually getting 15 SPF protection, if that! Never leave the house without adequate sunscreen protection! Find one that you can easily reapply the recommended two hours such as a zinc oxide sunscreen spray like ZINC IT OVER.

Diet:

As previously stated, your diet plays a massive role in your skin health. Those who eat nothing but fatty, sugary, unhealthy foods are more likely to have issues with acne and dull, unhealthy looking skin. 

Fillers/Botox:

According to Debra Jaliman, a New York-based dermatologist, preventative Botox, and fillers can lead to fewer wrinkles developing and an overall more natural look. Starting in your mid to late 20s or early 30s is recommended. 

Causation:

A change in routine, lifestyle, environment, and especially diet is likely to have an impact on skin health and appearance. Whatever you eat is going to affect your body, including your skin. Try to stick to a healthy diet with lots of leafy greens and antioxidants.

Alcohol:

Drinking alcohol can dehydrate while using beauty products that are alcohol-based can dry out the skin. Steer clear of alcohol!

Change With Your Skin:

Many different factors play a role in your skincare needs. Dermatologists say that sticking to the same routine for years, or even decades, is not the way to go about it. As your skincare needs change, your routine should change with it. 

Pay Attention:

Skin can be one of the first places that show indicators of several serious medical conditions. Not only can melanoma cause subtle changes in moles and freckles but certain illnesses can as well. Liver issues can turn your skin a yellowish hue (jaundice), for example. 

Hands Off:

According to Paul Dean, MD, at Grossmont Dermatology Clinic, “people assume germs in the environment are responsible for blemishes, but the bacteria on your face are usually from your own hands.” Many people pick and pop zits, which usually only makes things worse, helping to introduce new bacteria and possibly cause scar tissue. 

More Sex:

Yea, I said it. Sexual activity releases endorphins and anti-inflammatory hormones. Not only helping to boost the immune system but also help to reduce stress and the effects of aging.  

Beware of the Limes:

Did you know that there is an organic compound in lemons and limes that cause the skin to be extra sensitive to UV light? This compound is called Psoralen and it does, in fact, cause sensitivity to ultraviolet rays which can make you more susceptible to burning. So make sure you take precautions before enjoying those beachside margaritas! 

Dental Care:

Many dermatologists reinforce the need for regular dental visits. This is because dental health can play a pivotal role in the appearance of your skin. Oral problems can cause loss of bone density making the skin on the face, less firm, and tight, resulting in sagginess and lines.

Retinol:

Retinol is a vitamin A compound that is particularly useful for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Studies show that after around two weeks of regular use, it significantly minimized the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has also been known to brighten and improve the smoothness of the skin. 

Straws:

Not only are most straws not exactly eco-friendly, but the action of sucking through a straw can cause premature lines and wrinkles to form around the mouth.

Clean Bedding:

Dirt, gunk, and skin oils can build up on sheets and bedding. This can cause acne, skin rashes, and even infections in some instances. Bedding should be cleaned regularly and the pillowcases even more frequently, as the skin on your face is even more likely to be affected. 

Gender Bias:

Considering men have 25% thicker skin than their female counterparts, as well as being more naturally oily, different genders call for different skincare needs. Gender-specific formulas and products are, therefore, not interchangeable.

Exfoliation:

Exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and keep skin looking fresh and healthy.  There are quite a few exfoliating washes on the market and even using a clean washcloth lightly exfoliates your skin. 

Winter Skincare Tips:

Winter can be extra harsh on your skin. Extra moisturization can help but you do not want to forget the sunscreen. Many people believe the not so sunny winter weather means less exposure, which is dangerously incorrect. Damaging UV rays are still present. 

The bottom line is that skincare is essential to your health, happiness, and well-being. Follow your skincare routine religiously, pay routine visits to your friendly neighborhood dermatologist, and don't forget the sunscreen! 


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