Take Care of the Skin You’re In

Skin Steward Health Care

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Take Steps to Minimize the Damage

You can’t avoid natural aging, but you can keep your skin looking more youthful by avoiding external factors that can accelerate the process:

Don’t smoke (or quit if you do smoke). Smoking narrows the blood vessels, causing a decrease of nutrient-providing blood flowing to the skin.

Minimize sun exposure. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause serious damage, ranging from merely cosmetic (skin discoloration and wrinkles) to life-threatening skin cancer. Protect your skin by limiting exposure to sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You should also apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before going out in the sun. A broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses provide additional protection.

Eat well and exercise. A well-balanced diet can provide the nutrients your skin needs. Exercise helps promote blood circulation, which carries nutrients to the top layer of the skin.

Manage stress. Stress increases the body’s production of cortisol, which can step up oil gland production and cause pimples or rashes. Stress can exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema and may even inhibit the skin’s ability to heal itself after an injury.

Need More Skin Help?

Let’s face it – we want to look and feel our best as long as possible. For many individuals, an oil-free moisturizer used daily may help keep skin hydrated and feeling smoother. Alpha-hydroxy or retinoid creams may help reduce the appearance of fine lines. If over-the-counter lotions don’t produce the desired results, a dermatologist may recommend a light chemical peel or dermabrasion. These minimally invasive techniques can stimulate new cell growth and make the skin appear smoother and younger.

*Source: American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org.

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