Learn How To Maintain Healthy Skin Care Habits

Studies show that exposure to ultraviolet(UV) radiation from the sun and indoor tanning damages the DNA in skin cells. This not only increases the risk of skin cancer but also affects your skin care, leads to premature wrinkles and sun spots. November is National Healthy Skin Month – the perfect time to learn how to maintain healthy skin care habits.

Today, our dermatologists will be covering good skin care habits and the importance of a routine. Our dermatologists always stress that having a routine doesn’t have to involve multiple steps and can be as simple as involving 3 steps! Keep reading to find out about healthy skin care habits!

Protect your skin from the sun

Notably, this is one of the most important skin care tips. A lifetime of the sun can lead to sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and more age-related skin concerns. This is due to the sun’s UV rays damaging the DNA in skin cells, not only increasing the risk of skin cancer but also accelerating the ageing process. Use sunscreen of at least 15 generously every 2 hours or more often if you are in the water.

Don’t smoke

Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels, which decreases blood flow making skin appear pale. Also contributing to a decrease in collagen production that gives your skin elasticity and strength. 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 strip the skin of essential oils, leading to drier, less elasticated skin. You can begin treating your skin gently by limiting bath time, avoiding strong soaps, shaving carefully, patting your skin dry and applying moisturiser to dry areas.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet

A good diet gives your body the fuel to perform its best, your skin included. Your diet should include fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein and drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

Manage stress

Unmanaged stress makes your skin more sensitive, triggering acne breakouts and skin problems. You can manage stress by getting enough sleep, setting reasonable limits, decreasing your to-do list and making time to do the things you love

Learn more about skin care

If you would like to seek professional help with your skin, contact our London dermatologists on our contact page and we will arrange a consultation where we can assess your skin and the possible treatments available.