Year after year, your skin defends and protects you and can take a beating in the process. If you’ve resolved to better support your skin this year, there are some great rules of thumb that you might want to consider.
At Z-Roc Dermatology, Dr. Matthew Zarraga and Dr. Khongruk Wongkittiroch and the rest of our team appreciate the importance of healthy skin — not just from a cosmetic perspective but from a wellness one, too.
So, if you want skin that better protects your insides and looks great on the outside, here are six habits that work well at any age.
Be very careful with the sun
One of the reasons many of us live in Florida is the warm temperatures from the abundant sunshine. While your friends and relatives dig out of another snowstorm up north, you can happily head to the beach with nothing but a bathing suit.
Before you celebrate your good fortune, understand that the sun is enemy number one when it comes to healthy skin. Each day in the United States, nearly 10,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer.
To prevent skin cancer and premature aging, please take every step necessary to protect yourself from the sun through sunscreen, covering up, and seeking shade.
Keep your skin from drying out
If you’re prone to dry, itchy skin, you should concentrate on hydration, inside and out. First, drink plenty of water throughout the day (at least eight glasses). Second, avoid things that dry out your skin, such as leaving saltwater on your skin or taking hot baths. Instead, rinse quickly after you get out of the ocean and keep your bath water lukewarm.
Choosing the right body moisturizer
The sheer number of moisturizers on the market can be overwhelming, as are many of their claims. To keep it simple, you should moisturize your skin with lotions and creams that are long on moisturizing properties, such as vitamin E, lanolin, and mineral oils, and short on fragrances.
For more specific areas like your face, please talk to us about the best lotions for your skin type.
You want to keep the pores on your skin free and clear of dead skin cells and debris, so daily washing is a good idea. Here again, thousands of products cleanse your skin; some are better than others. While it would be impossible to go over all of them here, we recommend gentle cleansers and plenty of water — in fact, simply rinsing your face with water after you sweat is a great way to keep your pores clear.
Eating for skin health
There’s no real secret to eating for healthy skin as we’re going to provide the same recommendations as any doctor would for other areas of your health — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and lean proteins.
These foods contain powerful antioxidants that prevent your skin from breaking down prematurely due to free radicals. So, make this the year you support your health and skin through better eating habits.
Seek professional help
As dermatology experts, we understand the your skin’s needs better than most. Instead of spinning your wheels on fads and empty marketing promises, you can save time and money by seeking our counsel.
We can sit down with you, review your skin’s health, and tailor a plan to keep this organ in the pink of health and glowing with youthful vibrancy. From advanced facial rejuvenation technologies to acne-busting treatments, we offer all the tools, science, and expertise your skin needs.
To achieve healthy, beautiful skin at any age, contact our Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office to set up a consultation.