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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.
Strong soaps and
detergents can strip oil from your skin.
Instead, choose mild cleansers.
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.
Skin care:
tips for
healthy skin
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 TIPS.
By Mayo Clinic staff
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,
reapply sunscreen every two hours -
or more often if you’re swimming or
perspiring.
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 smoking.
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
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