by Armando Varela, AG-ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, Optima Medical
WATCH THAT SUN
Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most effective ways to maintain healthy skin.
A lifetime of sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer as well as cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems. Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 in addition to wearing sun-protective clothing.
DO NOT SMOKE
Smoking promotes aging of the skin and adds to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the delicate blood vessels in your skin, which limits the supply of blood and leaves the skin paler. The reduced blood flow depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients vital for protection.
TREAT YOUR SKIN GENTLY
Scrubbing your skin regularly will take a toll. Use warm, rather than hot water, limit bath time or long showers — both can strip oils from your skin. Avoid harsh soaps. For dry skin, use a daily moisturizer and drink plenty of water.
EAT A WHOLESOME DIET
A healthy diet will have you looking your best. Eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants. Foods such as fruits, berries, colorful produce, whole grains, nuts and lean proteins support your skin.
Uncontrolled stress will make your skin more susceptible to acne breakouts and other issues. Set fair limits on your time, cut back your to-do list, and make the time to do things you enjoy. Get enough sleep; seven to nine hours is ideal.