There are many ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great! We want to share with you our favorite skin care tips and New Years Resolutions to better improve your skin. Sometimes even the simplest tips can drastically change the texture and quality of your skin. Below we have listed out 6 of our most favorite tips.
1. Know Your Water
Depending on if you have Hard or Soft water, there are a few ways to help keep your skin healthy. If you take a shower with soft water, most of the time soap will not be removed from your skin as easily. We would recommend using a face and body cleanser sparingly. Hard water, on the other hand, doesn’t allow washes to lather easily, prompting you to use even more cleanser, which can cause dryness. Gentle, non-soap formulas, which aren’t meant to lather, can minimize this.
2. Drink Green Tea
One of the best drinks for your skin is a simple green tea. “If your complexion is red or blotchy, this tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can be soothing,” says Andrea Cambio, a dermatologist in Cape Coral, Florida. “Iced is best because hot beverages can worsen redness and other symptoms of rosacea.” Consider subbing tea for your morning mug of coffee.
3. Don’t Get Stressed Out
We know that it is hard to stay completely calm during “busy” times in your life or during the holidays, but we would recommend staying as relaxed as possible because stress takes a toll on nearly every part of your body, including your skin. To keep that frazzled feeling under control, regularly practice stress-management techniques, like yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.
4. Improve your Overall Air Quality
Avoid all smoky environments if possible, as just being around smoke can lead to a release of free radicles that damage the skin. Change the air filter in your furnace regularly, and if you cook with oil, use the fan over your range. Also keep in mind that dry indoor air can dehydrate skin and make fine lines more noticeable. Run a humidifier in your bedroom to minimize these problems.
5. Watch your Sun Exposure Indoors
Yes, you read it right: UV rays (in particular UVA rays) can penetrate the windows in your home and office and cause wrinkling and brown spots. The same goes for car windows: Studies have found higher rates of skin cancers on the left side of the face and upper body than on the right, since that side is more exposed when you’re driving.
6. Have a Good Night Sleep
While you’re snoozing, the skin’s repair mechanisms swing into action, says McBurney. Being sleep-deprived, by contrast, puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems, says Barbara R. Reed, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Make getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye your last good-skin move of each day.
With these tips you should be well on your way to better, healthier skin. Find which ones work best for you and implement them in your life. At Eastside Dermatology we want to share knowledge and tips to keep you feeling and looking your best, and the perfect start is with your skin. If you have any questions regarding skin care or dermatology feel free to contact us.