Skin Care Tips

Sun Protection

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

Dont Smoke:

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.  Smoking also damages collagen and elastin.

Treat your skin gently Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin.   Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.  Avoid  Strong soaps and detergents that can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.   If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Manage stress.  Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress.

the best foods for healthy skin is limited. But  antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin.

Consider these skin-friendly foods:

  • Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
  • Nuts

On the flip side, other  foods seem to be associated with skin damage, some research suggests that a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promotes skin aging.