At Valley View Dermatology, we believe that every patient can have healthy, great looking skin. Whether through the use of the latest acne or microdermabrasion treatments, we help patients restore their skin back to health and revitalize their appearance. Of course, patients can also help protect the health and appearance of their skin at home, as well. To keep your skin looking great, here are a few easy tips to erase the signs of aging and boost the overall health of your skin.
Wash Up Before Bed
The majority of dermatologists agree that the best time of day to wash your face is right before bedtime. Makeup, bacteria, and dirt that have accumulated on your face over the course of the day can irritate the skin when left on overnight, leading to clogged pores and potential breakouts. To remove this layer of unwanted grime, gently wash your face right before hitting the sack. A proper cleaning should leave your face feeling pleasantly taught for about 10 minutes following the cleaning. Washing prior to bed also allows anti-aging skin care products to better penetrate into your pores and provide better results.
The amount of oil your skin produces changes as hormones begin to fluctuate in a woman’s 40s. Washing your face twice a day can lead to a dried out complexion and make wrinkles appear more pronounced. Try splashing some warm water on your face in the morning to refresh skin instead of fully washing.
Mind the Sun
For those wanting younger-looking skin, no one habit makes a bigger difference than wearing sunscreen – preferably SPF 30 – daily. Just 10 minutes exposure a day to the sun’s “aging” UVA rays can cause sunspots and wrinkles to develop in as little as three months. If you don’t use a moisturizer that contains a built-in sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, make sure to apply one that provides both UVB and UVA protection daily.
Studies have shown that emotional stresses can leave your skin looking five years older than your actual age. Frequent bouts of anxiety cause your body to ramp up the production of the hormone cortisol, which leads to increased inflammation that breaks down collagen. Cortisol can also cause acne flare-ups and facial redness, as well.
To decrease inflammation, add more foods rich in antioxidants such as asparagus, oranges, and berries to your diet. They don’t call them frown lines for no reason. The next time you’re feeling stressed, take a few minutes to calm yourself with some deep breathing and relax.
Trying Using a Retinoid
Research has found that vitamin-A derivatives like those used in retinoid skin care products help to improve cell regeneration and collagen growth to smooth wrinkles and fine lines and cause brown spots to fade away. Prescription strength retinoid products like Renova offer quick results, typically producing noticeable changes in just 30 days. To help your skin compensate for any peeling and redness, just apply a small drop to your face every third night until your skin has developed enough tolerance to use nightly. While non-prescription strength retinoids are less abrasive, it can take several months before results become noticeable.
Change Your Daily Routine
Changing up your daily skin care regimen at least once every six to 12 months can help you achieve better results in texture and tone. Consistently using the same skin care products nightly causes your skin to adapt, making those products less effective. To keep your skin ready for rejuvenation, make subtle switches like replacing a prescription retinoid with a cream containing alpha hydroxyl acids, instead.
Add Omega-3s to Your Diet
This type of “good fat” found in foods like almonds, flaxseed, and salmon helps to boost hydration, which keeps your skin looking firm and supple. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of saturated fats found in meat and dairy products that actually increase the damage caused by free-radicals, making skin more susceptible to damage. Try limiting that amount of saturated fat you eat daily to about 17 grams.
If you have any questions call us at Valley View Dermatology, we want to be your Salem dermatologist of choice!