The New Year will be here soon, and many people will make their annual resolutions.
Taking better care of your skin is a great pledge that many people make, but there’s no need to wait until 2015 to start taking steps to improve the health and appearance of your skin.
Why not start now, before the holidays?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exposure to the sun and indoor tanning can harm skin cells. This can increases your risk of developing skin cancer and lead to skin aging, sun spots and wrinkles.
At Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, we can help you develop skin care regimens and provide treatments that will keep your skin healthy, vibrant and youthful. To learn more, or to make an appointment, contact Dermatology Associates today.
Here are some tips from the academy to keep skin healthy and combat premature aging of your skin:
- Use skin care products that are gentle: Mild and unscented products are recommended and can be used all year long. Deodorant soaps and beauty products that include fragrance can leave skin dry and irritated.
- Products containing alpha hydroxy acids or Retinoids can help you achieve younger-looking skin. You also may want to use products with antioxidants. These can repair skin and help ward off further damage. Skin-care routines can be customized to reduce skin irritation.
- If your skin is prone to acne, be gentle: If you are an adult fighting acne, using anti-acne cleansers can promote skin irritation. You may want to switch to a milder product containing sulfur or salicylic acid. Be sure to check to ensure products and cosmetics are labeled oil-free, non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. Wash skin gently. Scrubbing too hard further irritates skin.
- Moisturize: Your skin’s oil production declines when you hit your 40s, so moisturize skin consistently as you get older. The ideal time to moisturize is immediately following your shower or bath. If your skin is still dry, even with daily moisturizing, don’t be afraid to use moisturizer several times per day.
- Protect your skin: The sun’s ultraviolet rays can quicken skin aging. That means sun protection should be a key part of your routine. To best protect your skin, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it to exposed skin whenever you head outside. Seeking shady areas and wearing additional clothing and hats to protect skin also is recommended.
- Don’t forget your hands: Use sunscreen on your hands to protect them and combat premature aging.
- No Smoking: Tobacco smoke has toxins that give people what is known as smoker’s face. This is the dull and dry complexion, appearance of premature lines and wrinkles and leathery skin that many smokers develop.
Officials from the American Academy of Dermatology said there are many factors that can lead to skin aging. Some are beyond our control. Others we can do something about.
To learn how we can help you keep your skin healthy and younger looking, contact Dermatology Associates P.C. today.