Know how to care for your skin to keep it looking and feeling its best.
Did you know that the skin is the largest barrier against infection? Therefore, maintaining healthy skin also means that you’ll maintain good overall health, as well. Of course, you may wonder what constitutes proper skin care. From the office of our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologist Dr. Ann Zedlitz, follow this helpful advice on how to maintain healthy, happy skin.
Proper skin care can provide a host of important benefits including:
- Preventing problems from occurring
- Saving time and money
- Keeping your skin looking and feeling its best
- Improving your self confidence
- Maintaining healthy, beautiful skin even as you mature
Protect Against the Sun
One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to protect it from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. This means avoiding tanning beds and wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that protects against both UVA and UVB light. However you apply sunscreen is just as important. Follow these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology on how to properly apply sunscreen.
Know Your Skin Type
Not all skin types are created equal; therefore, maybe your friend can get away with just using regular soap on her face but perhaps your skin is a bit more temperamental. It’s important to know your skin type so that you can create a daily skin care routine that benefits and doesn’t hurt your skin. Find out your skin type with this helpful WebMD guide and talk to your Baton Rouge, LA, skin doctor about products that are ideal for your skin type.
While you may be tough and rough on dirt when cleaning your home or dishes you may want to hold off on giving your skin too much elbow grease. Being abrasive won’t remove more bacteria and grime from your skin and could cause redness, irritation and other problems. Look for a gentle cleanser that you can use in the morning and at night. Stick to lukewarm water rather than hot when washing your face, as hot water can strip skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness.
Avoid Harmful Elements
From stress and smoke to outdoor pollution there are many elements and factors that can all lead to skin problems. One of the best ways to remove pollutants is to clean skin thoroughly twice a day. If you are having trouble getting stress under control talk with your doctor about ways to cope.
Whether you are dealing with skin problems such as acne or you want to learn about the different cosmetic treatment options we offer for younger-looking skin, call Z Aesthetic Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, today to schedule a consultation.