Recommended Skin Care

Overview

Good skin care regimens aim to reduce and retard the effects of natural and photoaging by maintaining healthy skin. Dermatologists who understand the science of aging and the nutrient needs of human skin recommend daily cleansing and protective measures. These, say doctors at the American Academy of Dermatology, help to ward off wrinkles as well as damage that can lead to skin cancer. Choosing cosmetic products for your skin type will get your program off to a healthy start.

Types

The Mayo Clinic reports that dry skin responds well to cosmetic products with a moisturizing or oil-rich base. These can clog the pores in oily skin, however, which favors cleansers and moisturizers with greater water than oil content. Acne-prone skin may need an added active ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide to combat excess oil and bacteria. Sensitive skin or chronic conditions, such as eczema, may require hypoallergenic or prescription skin care products.

Time Frame

To slow the aging process, healthy skin needs regular hygiene and sun protection from childhood on. Your skin suffers damage from sun and pollution exposure, clogged pores, ingrown hairs and chronic conditions. Without daily treatment, the wrinkles and other signs of aging will be visible sooner rather than later in your life. To minimize the damage, AAD dermatologists recommend that children start wearing sunscreen at an early age. For mature skin, they recommend daily care that includes an appropriate cosmetic product application, such as a moisturizing lotion, every 12 hours, if possible.

Features

Wash your face with a mild glycerin soap or cleansing cream once or twice a day, following up by applying a moisturizing cosmetic product made for your skin type. Experts at the Skin Sciences Institute caution you not to use drying deodorant or antiseptic soaps in facial skin care. Moisturizing lotions and creams may contain sunblock ingredients, or you can apply a stand-alone sunscreen product on top. The AAD endorses sunscreen formulas of SPF 30 strength or more. Dry and aging skin can benefit from night repair creams that help skin cell turnover, for fresh-looking skin the next day.

Considerations

Lifestyle moves that will help you achieve healthy skin include staying out of direct sun, not smoking, not using indoor tanning machines and eating a balanced diet that is rich in vitamin C. The Mayo Clinic suggests eating plenty of fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant vitamins. It also suggests selecting foods that are low in fat and carbohydrates.

Benefits

Looking good as long as possible is one major benefit from a lifetime of diligent skin care. The AAD calls sunscreen the most effective anti-aging product you can buy, but it just may prolong your life as well. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that protecting healthy skin from UV radiation effectively reduces your risk for developing non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers.

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