We all age. We all show signs of aging at every stage of life, in fact. When we get into our older adult years, those signs can start to be frustrating, and we may not be entirely satisfied with how we look. There are some tools to help fight these signs, however. Cosmetic dermatology has many options for reducing wrinkles and making skin look more youthful. Micro-needling, for example, is one of those options. Hand in hand with treatments, there are also things you can do at home to help slow the aging of your skin. Here are some tips.
When the weather gets hot, you might be tempted to lie outside to get a gorgeous tan. While a tan may look good at the time, it is also probably going to cause you issues down the road. Sunscreen is a sure-fire way to protect your skin from the damage that the sun can do. Not only that, but it can protect you from deadly skin cancer as well. Make sure to use a product with a high SPF, is water resistant and re-apply regularly.
You’ve probably seen and heard the public health notices telling you that smoking is bad for your lungs. However, many people don’t know that it can speed up the aging of your skin. Smoking also causes wounds to heal slower. This means that if you go for a cosmetic dermatology treatment like micro-needling, you may ruin the benefits by smoking and not healing properly. Smoking can also exacerbate skin conditions like psoriasis.
Drinking alcohol, especially hard liquor, can take a major toll on your body. Especially your skin. It dehydrates as well as causing inflammation at the same time. This will result in fine lines, large pores, and discoloration of the skin. If you are going to drink alcohol, a glass of red wine every now and then with a meal is recommended.
Perform Self Skin Exams
You should conduct a self-exam on your skin on a regular basis. It can literally save your life. Skin cancer is treatable when caught early. Check for spots that look different from other spots, or that may have changed recently. If something bleeds or feels itchy see a dermatologist right away.
As mentioned, tanning, even indoors, is harmful to your skin and will cause premature aging. If you must have tanned skin, use a self-tanner can give you that dark glow you like without the risk of skin cancer and wrinkles. There are many products on the market that will match the look you want.
Don’t Scrub Too Hard
When cleaning dishes, you may have to scrub hard to get everything clean. That is not the case for your face. If you scrub too hard, you’ll irritate your skin. This will make any problems you were trying to solve, like acne, only get worse. Be gentle, and let the soap do its job. There is no need to try to rub your skin off.
Wash Your Face Regularly
Many people flop down in their bed at the end of the day without thinking about their skin. During the day, your skin collects dust, dirt, sweat, and grime. You should clean all of that off before going to bed so that it doesn’t damage your skin while you sleep. When you wake up, clean your skin again because you sweat and collect dirt and bacteria again during the night.
Beyond Cosmetic Dermatology
It’s not that following all these tips will mean that you won’t want or need cosmetic dermatology treatments, like micro-needling. However, to better fight the effects of aging, and to help complement and enhance those treatments, follow this guide. If you are in San Antonio, call Ochs Dermatology today to discuss how to keep your skin looking its best.
For more information and recommendations from cosmetic dermatology professionals to keep your skin healthy and vibrant, please visit: https://www.ochsdermatology.com/