We write about skin non-stop. It’s our constant companion, our until death do you part partner, our most trusted ally or our worst enemy. People usually come to a dermatologist not as a preemptive measure, but as a last resort, or problem management. We’ve complied a short list of ideas to help you get better skin, so that someday you may come to us to refresh and rejuvenate, not damage control.
1. Drink more water.
If you are not drinking between 7 and 9 glasses per day of water, you’re probably not getting enough. There are countless benefits to getting the right number of ounces, but more deleterious effects should you not meet the quota. Take into account how much you sweat when you calculate how much you need. Your natural moisture barrier needs plenty of water to help skin look more supple, fresh, and young.
2. Remove your make-up before bed.
Leaving on make-up overnight can lead to clogged pores, and irritated skin.
“While washing your face every night may sound tedious, you’re protecting your skin from future damage,” says Dr. Monee Thomas of U.S. Dermatology Partners of Houston - Bellaire. “Sleeping in your makeup can lead to acne, fine lines or wrinkles and even eye infections, so it’s important to remove it every night.”
Your body repairs itself when you sleep, and this includes your skin. Your skin depends on this recharge time to heal and rejuvenate. Too little sleep doesn’t allow your skin time to do what it’s programmed to do and makes your skin look dull, saggy, tight.
4. Keep a healthy diet.
Foods rich in vitamins and minerals feed your skin. Eggs, oatmeal, bananas, some rices, lemons, limes, oranges, bell peppers, cauliflower, leafy greens, olives, spinach, nuts, some dairy and some meats have each have something good for you! Whether is be Vitamins A, B, C, E, or K, these foods can contribute to healthy skin!
Exercise gets that blood flowing to your entire dermis and epidermis, keeping you looking fresh and glowing!
6. Avoid stress.
This is easier said than done, but do your best to avoid stress. Stress causes a release of oils that can lead to breakout and acne.
On the whole, the do it yourself tricks for keeping healthy skin is to keep an overall healthy life style and treat yourself right. We’re here when even the best self-love needs an extra boost.