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Skin Care Tips

Your skin is your largest bodily organ. Layered, innervated, and highly vascularized, skin requires regular and gentle care to properly maintain. Here at Midtown Dermatology in Tulsa, OK, skin care is our top priority. Whether your needs are medical, aesthetic, or a combination of the two, our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Lynn Anderson, can help. Here are some skin care tips to keep your dermis healthy, glowing and youthful.

Your skin care tips

These guidelines apply to either gender regardless of age or walk of life, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

1. Wash your skin three times a day: when you rise in the morning, before bedtime, and after work or anything strenuous, such as exercising. Use warm water, your fingertips, and a gentle cleanser or moisturizing soap. Do not scrub! Pat dry with a clean towel.

2. Apply a quality moisturizer at least once a day. As with any skincare product, use a moisturizer appropriate to your skin type—dry, oily, or combination skin.

3. Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when going out of doors. Re-apply every two hours or more often if you are swimming or sweating heavily. Cover up with long sleeves and a hat if in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm (the peak times for UV exposure).

4. Stay hydrated. Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Take a water bottle with you to ensure you get enough throughout the day. Your skin will feel less dry and itchy, and you'll see an improvement in your fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Get an annual skin check-up at our Tulsa office starting at age 40. Dr. Anderson will perform a skin cancer examination and address any issues you may have with aging, allergies, rashes, acne, and more. Additionally, you should perform an at-home examination every month. Ask your dermatologist on how to do this. Pay special attention to moles, spots, and freckles as these lesions can change and develop into cancer.

6. Stop smoking as it contributes to skin cancer and to premature skin aging. The American Academy of Dermatology says that tobacco even worsens conditions such as psoriasis over time.

7. Decrease your stress level whenever possible, for tension accelerates skin problems such as eczema, acne, and more.

Love your skin

For more tips on how to take care of your skin, contact Midtown Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Lynn Anderson. She'll recommend a care plan just right for your needs. Phone our office in Tulsa, OK, today at (918) 728-3100.

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