Love Your Skin: How to Give your Biggest Organ Some TLC!

Skincare products dominate store shelves, but there are some simple things you can do to keep your body's largest organ healthy and beautiful. Here's everything you need to do for the best skin you've ever had. Of course, talk to your dermatologist if you have any skin issues that don't resolve or that get worse.

Don't be Afraid to Switch Skin Care Products

As you get older, your skin changes so it's natural to need new and different products as you age. If you find that something you've been using has stopped working or isn't as effective as it once was, it's probably time to toss it and add something new to your regimen. Getting stuck on a single product is one of the worst things you can do for your skin so don't be afraid to get rid of something that isn't doing what you want it to. Try something new or talk to your dermatologist about a product that is ideal for your age and your specific skincare needs.

Quit Smoking

There are so many reasons to chuck the smoking habit, but your skin's health is one of them. Smoking floods your skin with chemicals that can lead to wrinkles, age spots and other skincare problems. When you quit, you increase the blood flow throughout your body, which can help your skin look and feel healthier in just a short amount of time. This allows more oxygen and nutrients to get to your skin, which can help resolve issues like dryness and dullness, but can also help reduce the signs of aging and give you a healthy glow. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor.

Practice Sun Safety

One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to protect it from the damage of the sun's rays. There are loads of skin care products that you can choose for sun protection. When you select a moisturizer or anti-wrinkle cream for daytime use, look for one that contains at least an SPF of 15, which helps block the damage caused by the sun, which can cut down on age spots and wrinkles. You want a broad spectrum sunscreen, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays so that your skin stays healthy looking and you ward off the risk of skin cancer at the same time.

See Your Dermatologist Regularly

Most people should see make a yearly appointment with their dermatologist, or even more often if they have a higher risk of skin cancer or are suffering from a specific skincare issue. Not only can your doctor prescribe effective skin care products, but he or she can also help you resolve problems you're having with your skin. A yearly skin check allows you and your doctor to watch for troublesome spots that could indicate skin cancer. Most cases of skin cancer have a great prognosis if caught early so a regular check up is vital for having healthy skin.

Be Gentle with Your Skin

Even if you don't have any problems with your skin, it's important to treat it gently. That means you should limit time sitting in a hot bath or spa and should only exfoliate once or twice a week, rather than every single day. Choose soaps, lotions and creams that are not packed with harsh chemicals and don't have an ingredient list that is a mile long. You should always apply moisturizer after getting wet to keep skin hydrated and healthy and you should always pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it, which prevents wrinkles and damage to your body. If you shave, go in the direction hair grows, not against it and use gentle skin care products to get the job done.

Eat the Right Foods

One of the best things you can do for your skin is eating foods that encourage a healthy body. When you fill up on the right nutrients, your skin has the tools it needs to look and feel its best. Fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. This ensures that you're getting protein and antioxidants that fight free radicals and give your body the building blocks to stay healthy. Avoid trans fats, large amounts of sugar and too much fast food, all of which are lacking in nutrients and packed with things that damage skin.

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