Numerous things in the environment are harmful to your skin. Environmental pollution, ultraviolent light (sunshine), extreme temperatures, wind, sweating and using the wrong skin products can all damage that important outer layer.
The good news is that you have the power to maintain healthy skin. Among the steps you can take:
- Clean your skin properly. Water alone won’t do it. You need something to clear out the oily residue that can clog pores and lead to pimples. Compounds that do this are called surfactants. But stay away from soap; most soaps are alkaline, which can change the delicate pH balance of your skin and cause itching, redness, flaking and dryness. Instead, opt for liquid cleansers and cleansing creams with natural ingredients like beeswax and mineral oil to dissolve dirt. Other moisture-replenishing ingredients include vegetable and fruit oils and less-irritating surfactants such as coconut oil (cocamidopropyl), amphoteric surfactants, alkyl ether sulfates and alkyl glyceryl ether sulfonate.
- Protect your skin from dryness. The epidermis is made up of about 30 percent water, much of which is bound in the lipids that help prevent the water from evaporating. You can increase your skin’s ability to bind water by using a good-quality moisturizer. Natural moisturizing ingredients include citrate, various minerals, urea, lactate and amino acids.
- Protect your skin from the sun. That means using an SPF 30 sunscreen on your face every day, even on days you don’t plan to leave the house or office and even on days the sun doesn’t shine. That’s because you’re still exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays through windows and clouds. Thankfully, today it’s easy enough to ensure sunscreen coverage; many moisturizers and even liquid and powder makeup contain sunscreen.
When you are in the sun, slather on the sunscreen. You should use enough to fill a shot glass each time you apply it (in fact, how about keeping a shot glass in your beach bag?). And wear a broad-brimmed hat; those baseball caps might be cute, but they’re not doing much to keep the sun off your ears and the back of your neck.
- Check your skin carefully. If you’re 40 or older, you should have a health care professional perform a total body scan every year to look for any signs of skin cancer. If you’re younger, you should get a body scan every three years. And all women should examine their own skin periodically.
Remember, your skin is one of the most important components in your quest for good health. Just as you take care of your body from the inside out by eating well and exercising, you need to take care of your body from the outside in, by protecting your skin as that all-important barrier.
Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills invites you to explore our skin treatment options. If you would like to investigate more about them, or want more information regarding our treatments, please don’t hesitate to call and schedule a consultation. Our style of consultation is relaxed and educational. Our goal is to address your concerns in the order of your priorities and give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision. This will help you choose the right plan to achieve the result you desire within the budget you have to invest.
Visit Drtessofbeverlyhills.com or call us at (310) 275-TESS to schedule a free consultation or discuss treatment options.