Your Tulsa dermatologist offers up advice for maintaining healthy skin.
While washing your face may just seem like one of the many parts of your daily ritual, it doesn’t mean it should fall by the wayside. Routine tasks can often become so routine that you don’t put in the effort needed. You may be washing your face, but you might not be doing an efficient enough job to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. With the winter weather becoming frightful, it’s particularly important to pay attention to these three skin care tips from your Tulsa dermatologist.
Always use sun protection
It might be hard to think about sun protection when the sun is going down earlier and earlier these days; however, even in the winter you need to be protecting your skin against the rays of the sun. Sun protection is one of the best ways to protect your skin from problems such as age spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.
- Use a sunscreen with at least SPF15 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Avoid the sun between 10am and 2 pm when the sun’s rays can be the most damaging.
- Opt for tightly woven clothes and hats that can give your skin some extra protection against the sun.
- Be sure to reapply sunscreen often if you plan to participate in outdoor winter activities like snowboarding.
Be gentle on your skin
We put a lot of stress on our skin with our daily rituals; however, to avoid dry skin, flare-ups and wrinkles we recommend giving your skin a little TLC.
- Keep bath and shower water warm but not hot. This is particularly important in the winter months when the hot water compounded with winter winds can cause severe dryness.
- Stay away from harsh detergents, cleansers and soaps and opt for mild cleansers that won’t strip your skin of the oil it needs.
- After showering or bathing always pat your skin dry, never rub. This will ensure that the moisture remains on your skin afterwards.
Eat for your skin
A healthy diet won’t just make you feel better but it will also help you look better. Opting for a diet that is full of lean protein, fruits and vegetables. While the link between diet and skin isn’t exactly clear, research does recommend getting your daily dose of vitamin C and reducing processed and refined carbs from your diet to help keep skin looking young.
If you notice any problems with your skin, give your Tulsa dermatologist a call. Cold, dry weather can wreak havoc and exacerbate certain skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Call us today to schedule an appointment.