Dermatologists Share 6 Personal Secrets to Make Your Skin Healthier than Ever
You might not realize it, but our skin is actually the largest organ that we have, and just like every other part of our body, we need to take care of it. But skincare has become a confusing mess of brand names, beauty products, home recipes, and so much more that it can easily get overwhelming. Luckily, these healthy skin tips, backed by actual dermatologists , can clear up any sort of confusion you may have.
Top 6 Healthy Skin Tips From Dermatologists
These healthy skin tips are here to give you a start with your skin routine. Your skin is as unique as you are, so not everything will work for everyone. But with a little help, you can come up with the right routine to have your skin happy, healthy, and glowing!
One Routine Is Not Enough
It might not seem like it matters, but what you put on your skin during the day shouldn’t be the same thing that you put on at night. During the day, our skin has to deal with environmental factors like the sun, wind, dirt, the list goes on. But at night, our skin takes the time to heal itself, so you should use more rejuvenating products.
Dermatologist Fran E. Cook-Bolden, the founding associate director of the Skin of Color Center and a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and also the director of the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group says, “Night is for repair, healing and recovery. SPF isn’t necessary. In fact, it might exacerbate breakouts. Choose active botanicals and oils with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits if your complexion is struggling with persistent dryness or your usual moisturizer doesn’t seem to be doing enough.”
Hydration Is More Than Just Drinking Water
Our skin is porous (hence, pores), meaning what we put on our skin goes into our body. But it also mean things can get out. If your skin is still looking dry, even though you’re drinking plenty of water, your skin might need some help keeping that moisture in. You can use coconut oil to really lock that moisture in , or do as Stephanie Smith-Phillips, a South Carolina dermatologist suggests,
“Applying a moisturizer with ceramides [such as CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion or SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2] immediately after washing helps repair that barrier and keep skin supple and fresh.”
Ceramides are a fat that naturally occurs in our skin, but the quantity diminishes as we age, so getting as much of it while we can will help keep skin looking younger for longer .
Too Much Sun Is A Bad Thing
Our bodies need the sun, it’s one of the most substantial sources of vitamin D that we can get. But too much of a good thing can be bad, especially in this case. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to burns, or even worse, skin cancer. A good sunscreen should be part of every daytime skin routine, and it can be part of your beauty routine as well.
“A tinted moisturizing sunscreen does it all, especially one with a physical block like zinc oxide.” says Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. You can also make your own tinted moisturizer and pair it with a “non-greasy sunscreen” suggests dermatologist Doris Day, a clinical associate professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
Read The Labels
We know how important it is to make sure not to put anything on our skin that we don’t want in our body. But another reason to read the label is to make sure that the claims on the front of the bottle match the ingredients on the back. As Cook-Bolden says, “The reality is everything is a chemical, whether man-made or natural. Look for proven science and ingredients like retinol, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid), vitamin C, peptides and hyaluronic acid. The bottom line is that organic and naturals made without proven active ingredients are a waste of time, effort and money.”
Rethink Your Vitamin Supplement
We all know how important getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals is for our health. It’s also true that what we put inside our body affects what our body looks like on the outside. But we can’t always get what our skin needs from diet and supplements alone.
“Forget chewable C — you can’t get the necessary level for skin repair,” Smith-Phillips says. Instead, use a stabilized vitamin C serum in the morning and be sure to get one in a dark bottle. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, but its strength diminishes when it’s exposed to air or light. You can also use retinol or AHAs at night to help your skin repair itself from the day .
Watch The Weather
The weather is one of the biggest factors in how our skin looks. In the winter, skin dries easily, and in the summer we burn. So before you step out the door, make sure you’re prepared. “Know how your skin reacts to climate changes. You might want a richer moisturizer in winter, a lighter one in summer, since sun exposure leads to clogged pores — even at [age] 50,” Day says.
The benefit of so many products on the market is that you have plenty of options to choose from. You wouldn’t wear just one outfit year round, and neither should your skin!
These healthy skin tips are just a stepping stone to get you on the right path towards your own personalized skin routine. No two people are the same, so what works for other might not work for you. But with a little experimentation and patience, you’ll find the right fit for you.
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