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Don’t have time for
intensive skin care? Pamper
yourself with the basics.
Good skin care and healthy
lifestyle choices can help
delay the natural aging
process and prevent various
skin problems. Get started
with these five no-nonsense
Protect yourself
from the sun
One of the most important ways to
take care of your skin is to protect
it from the sun. A lifetime of sun
exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots
and other skin problems — as well as
increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
Use sunscreen.
Use a broad-
spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of
at least 15. When you’re outdoors,
y sunscreen every two hours -
or more often if you’re swimming or
Seek shade.
Avoid the sun
between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when
the sun’s rays are strongest.
Wear protective clothing.
Cover your skin with tightly woven
long-sleeved shirts, long pants
and wide-brimmed hats. Also
consider laundry additives, which
give clothing an additional layer of
ultraviolet protection for a certain
number of washings, or special
sun-protective clothing — which
is specifically designed to block
ultraviolet rays.
Don’t smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older
and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking
narrows the tiny blood vessels in
the outermost layers of skin, which
decreases blood flow. This depletes
the skin of oxygen and nutrients that
are important to skin health. Smoking
also damages collagen and elastin
— the fibers that give your skin its
strength and elasticity. In addition, the
repetitive facial expressions you make
when smoking — such as pursing
your lips when inhaling and squinting
your eyes to keep out smoke — can
contribute to wrinkles.
If you smoke, the best way to protect
your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor
for tips or treatments to help you stop
Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a
toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
Limit bath time.
Hot water and
long showers or baths remove oils
from your skin. Limit your bath or
shower time, and use warm - rather
than hot - water.
Avoid strong soaps.
soaps and detergents can strip oil
from your skin. Instead, choose mild
Shave carefully.
To protect and
lubricate your skin, apply shaving
cream, lotion or gel before shaving.
For the closest shave, use a clean,
sharp razor. Shave in the direction
the hair grows, not against it.
Pat dry.
After washing or bathing,
gently pat or blot your skin dry
with a towel so that some moisture
remains on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin.
If your
skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits
your skin type. For daily use, consider
a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and
feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits,
vegetables, whole grains and lean
proteins. The association between
diet and acne isn’t clear — but some
research suggests that a diet rich in
vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats
and processed or refined carbohydrates
might promote younger looking skin.
Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your
skin more sensitive and trigger acne
breakouts and other skin problems.
To encourage healthy skin — and a
healthy state of mind — take steps to
manage your stress. Set reasonable
limits, scale back your to-do list and
make time to do the things you enjoy.
The results might be more dramatic
than you expect.
Apr/May 2014