Unfortunately for many people, skin care isn’t a big priority until we get older and our skin begins to visibly age. Suddenly, wrinkles and creases begin to form around the eyes, forehead and mouth. Often times, sunspots, moles and other skin discoloration can begin to develop and the person staring back at you is becoming more and more that of the face of a stranger. What can you do to promote healthy skin? Here are three helpful tips for healthier and younger looking skin.
For those of you living in California, Hawaii, Florida and other known sunny regions of the states, staying out of the sun is nearly impossible. For the rest of you dealing with rain and snow, it is easy to forget that the sun is still up and can cause damage to the skin if you do not guard against it with the following ways:
Select a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protector factor (SPF), of 30. According to WebMD, a higher SPF will block only slightly more of the UVB rays and none offer total protection; however 30 is as low as you should select. Apply a generous amount at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and then reapply every two hours. If you are enjoying a day at the beach, swimming pool or are excessively sweating, you will need to reapply more frequently.
Alright ladies time to break out those big brim hats! In addition, remember that fabrics that are loose are not as protective as tightly woven ones.
The sun rays are at their highest intensity and therefore the most damaging between the hours of 10am- 4pm. So be sure to limit the time you are exposed to the sun during these hours. Take shade breaks and be on top of applying your sunscreen.
Obviously we all know that smoking cigarettes is not healthy for you for so many reasons; however, did you realize it was damaging to your skin? The Mayo Clinic has suggested that the heat from the tip of the cigarette damages your facial skin. Also, when you purse your lips to inhale, this can create visible wrinkles.
While a little wine makes the heart merry, alcohol consumption is dehydrating for the body. When your skin becomes dehydrated it can cause it to appear older. Make sure that you drink adequate amounts of water when consuming alcoholic beverages and don’t overindulge on the wine. A good rule of thumb is to alternate between alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages on your drinking nights!
I cannot express the importance of this tip enough. It is imperative to incorporate daily moisturizing into your skin care routine. The best times to apply your lotions, creams and ointments are no more than 3-5 minutes after showering in the morning and after your skin care routine at night prior to bed. If you are in the sun often, or in extreme hot or cold temperatures, apply moisturizing products more frequently. Ceramides are an important ingredient for moisturizing. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals such as sulfates; as well as, ones that can dry out your skin with ingredients such as alcohol.
Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting has developed a sensitive skin care product line which she blogs about regularly at cherylleemd.com