Healthy skin starts with you. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures can help you to achieve your desired appearance. However, there are steps you can take to achieve healthier skin. Get started with these five tips.
Protect Skin from the Sun
Limiting sun exposure is one of the most important ways to take care of your skin. In addition to raising your risk for skin cancer, the sun can cause wrinkles, age spots and other problems.
To limit damage from sun exposure, you should use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when outdoors during the day. Apply liberal amounts of sunscreen to exposed skin and reapply as directed. You should also consider avoiding the sun during the middle of the day when sun rays are strongest and wearing protective clothing.
If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, think about quitting. In addition to numerous other effects on health, smoking damages your skin. Smoking narrows blood vessels in your skin and decreases oxygen flow, depleting skin of nutrients necessary for healthy skin. Smoking causes wrinkles as well as damage to collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin strength and elasticity.
Be Gentle on Your Skin
- Cleaning and shaving your skin can take its toll. Here is some advice to keep the damage to a minimum.
- Take shorter showers or baths. Exposing your skin to hot water for long periods of times removes oils that help to keep it healthy.
- Use mild cleansers rather than strong soaps that can strip oil from your skin.
- Be careful when shaving. Use a shaving lotion, cream or gel and a clean, sharp razor.
- Pat dry with a clean towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Use a moisturizer that was made for your skin type. Consider a moisturizer with SPF for daily use.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet helps in more ways than one. This should include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Some research suggests that a diet low in unhealthy fats and processed carbohydrates can help to promote younger-looking, healthy skin.
Keep Stress Levels Low
Your skin is sensitive to stress. It can cause acne and related skin problems. There are numerous steps you can take to manage stress, so take some time for yourself to relax and notice the difference.
Taking some of these steps can help you to achieve and maintain healthy skin. Even if you undergo a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure to enhance the appearance of your skin, remember that healthy skin starts with you.