Beautiful skin doesn't just happen by itself. You have to have the right skincare routine, the right products, and in some cases undergo the right procedures to keep your skin healthy and looking its best. Here are a few ways that those of you in the Bryan-College Station area can get — and maintain — beautiful skin.
Stay Out of Tanning Beds
One of the best ways to keep your skin looking young and healthy is to refrain from using tanning beds. Some 59% of college students (we're looking at you, Texas A&M students) and about 35% of adults have reported using tanning beds one or more times. While they are popular, and many people go to tanning beds before spring break or vacations to get a "base tan," you're not really protecting yourself. You are actually doing damage.
The World Health Organization's International Agency of Research on Cancer panel has said that ultraviolet radiation from artificial sources like tanning beds can cause cancer. Medical research has shown that not only can tanning beds cause melanoma, but they can also increase the risk of a benign non-cancerous mole actually developing into melanoma down the line.
In addition to the known health risks, which are scary enough, exposure to ultraviolet light from tanning beds can also cause premature aging of your skin, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and a leathery skin texture.
If you've already experienced damage from tanning beds, now's the time to prevent further damage. Don't go back! And if you're going to be outdoors — such as hiking in Lick Creek Park or taking in a game at Kyle Field — always, always wear sunscreen.
"Using sunscreen is perhaps the best step you can take to slow down the skin aging process," says Dr. Terry Jones,
For beautiful skin, moisturizer is essential. Use a high-quality product that leaves your skin hydrated without feeling oily or leaving you prone to acne breakouts. Well-hydrated skin is better able to quickly
In our office in Bryan, TX, we recommend a skincare line called Revision Skincare. Several products will help moisturize your skin, including hydrating serums, night creams and tinted moisturizers with sunscreen built in.
Whatever brand you choose to use, talk to your dermatologist about the right products for your specific skin type, whether it's oily, dry, combination or sensitive. Choosing the right product will make a real difference in keeping your skin looking its best.
Get Regular Facials
To get beautiful skin, regular facials are important. Go to your dermatologist's office to get your skin assessed and they can then formulate a treatment plan just for you. Facials can go a long way in making your skin look and feel its best. During your facial, you might undergo steps such as exfoliation, cleansing, steaming, mask application, acne treatment, serum application and enzyme peels. All of these steps can help improve your skin's appearance and texture, leaving you with a more youthful glow.
Microdermabrasion can help improve many cosmetic skin issues on the face and neck such as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and uneven coloring, as well as reduce the appearance of pores. It will also leave your skin with a smoother overall texture.
Refine Your Skin With Broad Band Light Treatment
Broad Band light treatment uses pulsed light to correct and treat many specific skin issues that often cause a less-than-optimal appearance. Using different wavelengths and filters, your board-certified dermatologist can treat skin conditions and issues such as rosacea, age spots, hyperpigmentation, redness, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and enlarged pores. The end result is skin that is smoother with a more vibrant and youthful appearance.
If you've ever wondered how to get beautiful skin, it's important to see a board-certified dermatologist for advice. No matter what condition or aspect of your skin you seek to treat, our dermatologists and aestheticians in the U.S. Dermatology Partners of Bryan – College Station can help. Book your appointment today!