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Taking Care of Your Skin

Who doesn’t want healthy, glowing skin? Of course, this requires you to understand your skin and what it needs to stay healthy. Everything from your lifestyle and diet to your skin type can impact the types of issues you face. Here are some important tips for how to care for your skin,

Know Your Skin Type

Do you deal with normal, dry, oily, or combination skin? Do you know which skin type you deal with? To know how to properly care for your skin, you should know your skin type first. This is something that your doctor can determine if you are stumped. You can then build your skincare routine including which cleansers, moisturizers, and other products that can improve everything from dry, flaky skin to red, sensitive skin.

Protect Against Skin Cancer

The sun can cause a lot of damage to the skin and increase your risk for skin cancer. That’s why everyone needs to wear sunscreen every day. Here are some ways to make sure that your skin is fully protected from the sun,

  • Apply sunscreen to the face and body daily for about 30 minutes before going outside. Look for a sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, meaning that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and has an SPF of at least 15. You’ll also want to reapply every two hours.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible when outside, especially during the hours of 10 am-4 pm when the sun is at its most powerful.
  • Wear protective clothing including sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

Stop Bad Habits

Certain habits could also contribute to bad skin and premature aging. One of these habits is smoking. Smoking can damage the skin, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. It can also decrease blood flow and increase your risk of skin cancer.

Eat for Healthy Skin

While the verdict is still out on whether certain foods actually cause acne, your doctor will tell you that what you eat can either promote healthy skin or exacerbate certain skin problems. For example, sugar and dairy are known as inflammatories, which can make acne worse. Make sure that you are eating a diet rich in healthy fats (e.g. fish; avocadoes), whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and lean protein.

Get Some Shuteye

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. While you sleep, your body can repair the damage done to the skin. Blood flow is also increased during sleep. Getting anywhere from 7-9 hours of good, quality sleep every night can result in a healthier, glowing complexion.

While a dermatologist can help you deal with acne, psoriasis, and other skin problems, if you have questions about your skincare routine or on how to protect against skin cancer, your general medicine doctor can answer your questions and provide you with advice to improve your current skincare routine.

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