Keep Your Skin Healthy for All Seasons
Seasons change and so can your skincare needs. During the summer months, your skin will require more UV protection as the sun rays are the strongest, whereas the winter months may require moisturizing and hydrating of the skin due to dryer, cooler weather. No matter the season, you should have a skincare routine set in place.
“Our skin is the largest organ of the body, therefore should be well maintained and protected throughout one’s lifetime,” says PIH Health Dermatologist Rachael Moore MD. “A consistent skincare routine and other factors such as healthy lifestyle habits and are important in maintaining a healthy complexion.”
Here are five tips for healthier skin:
- Know your skin type—Skin varies from oily, dry, sensitive, combination and normal. Be sure to purchase products that cater to your skin type needs. If you need help determining your skin type, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or aesthetician for a skin consultation.
- Cleanse, tone and moisturize—Products will vary depending on skin type, however these three steps should be taken every day to keep skin looking and feeling clean, fresh and moisturized.
- Get your beauty rest—Sleep is an important factor when it comes to healthy skin. Well-rested skin will appear rejuvenated and youthful whereas sleep deprived skin can appear dehydrated and unhealthy. This is because your body repairs itself when it sleeps and produces new collagen. Additionally, blood flow increases while you sleep which makes the skin appear plump and healthy.
- Limit fatty/oily foods and drink plenty of water—Fatty, oily foods can lead to clogged pores and can contribute to acne. Sugar such as chocolate and some dairy foods can also lead to breakouts. Drink plenty of water to hydrate—this will keep your skin looking plump and healthy.
- Sunscreen—Protect your skin from harmful sunrays and apply a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher every day. Even on the cooler days or winter months, sunscreen is still needed to protect your skin.
“People often make the mistake of not protecting themselves on cloudy days, but UV rays penetrate through the clouds and still burn even though it may seem cool and cloudy,” Dr. Moore added.
Talk to your primary care doctor if you have issues with acne or other skin problems as there may be topical medications or other treatments recommended for your skin type.
The PIH Health Dermatology, Aesthetics & Mohs Surgery Center provides a full spectrum of general dermatological services, including medical, surgical and laser procedures as well as aesthetic and cosmetic treatments. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org/Dermatology.