Your skin is your largest organ—and it plays a crucial role in regulating your body temperature and protecting your muscles, bones and internal organs. That’s why it’s so important to take the time to properly care for your skin. Good skin care doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Follow these simple steps to keep your skin healthy for years to come.
Protect yourself from the damaging sun
Sun exposure can cause wrinkles and age spots and can increase your risk of skin cancer. Luckily, it’s fairly simple to protect your skin from the sun.
- Always use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.
- Avoid being in the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wear protective clothing when out in the sun.
Smoking damages the collagen and elastin in your skin. These fibers give your skin strength and elasticity. Additionally, smoking makes your skin looks older and narrows the blood vessels in your skin, which decreases blood flow and depletes the skin of oxygen, making it look older.
Do treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and roughly handling your skin can quickly take a toll. To keep it gentle:
- Limit bath time and temperature. Long baths or showers and hot temperatures can quickly dry out skin.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps can strip oils from your skin.
- Shave carefully. Always use lotion, shaving cream or gel before shaving to properly lubricate your skin before shaving.
- Pat dry. Gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that moisture remains on your skin.
Do eat a healthy diet
Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Avoid processed foods, which typically contain pore-clogging ingredients.
Don’t sleep in your makeup
Going to bed without cleaning your face not only stretches out your pores, but also puts you at risk of developing rashes.
Do manage stress levels
Uncontrolled stress can trigger breakouts, sensitivity and other skin problems.
Don’t pick at your face
While it can be tempting to pick at blemishes, avoid doing so at all costs. Picking at pimples can make them bigger, and can result in long-term acne scars.
Do treat your skin—and yourself
Get a spa facial every once in a while to exfoliate away dead skin cells, hydrate your skin and pamper yourself.