Everyone handles aging differently.
Some see fine lines and wrinkles and shrug it off as no big deal, while others see aging skin and run to the dermatologist’s office for the latest and greatest skin treatment. But at some point, we all look in the mirror and think what can I do to help my skin? How can I better my skincare routine? Here are 5 tricks on how to improve your complexion at home.
Drink your water! Keeping your skin hydrated makes it look fuller, healthier, and plumped up from the inside out. Drinking water washes away the impurities that build up in the skin and gives it that healthy glow. More hydrated skin also lessens breakouts since it thins the oil build-up on the face. Make it a goal to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Green tea is also a great drink of choice for a healthy complexion. Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Sleep is so important for great skin. Skin repairs and replenishes itself while we are sleeping. Dermatologists recommend sleeping 7-8 hours minimum per night for optimal skin healing. It is important to sleep on your back instead of your side or tummy to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and bags under the eyes. And try sleeping on a silk pillowcase instead of cotton. The silk causes less friction while you sleep, which can contribute to lines and wrinkles on the face.
Use a Good Cleanser
Use a good quality cleanser and make sure to always wash your face with clean hands. A good cleanser is one that is appropriate for your skin type. If you have oily skin, try using a foam cleanser. Drier skin types should use a moisturizing cleanser. And if you have acne-prone skin, try using a deep cleanser, or one that is specific for acne. Washing the face with warm water, not too hot or cold, and using a baby washcloth or cleansing brush helps with skin tone and texture. It is always important to remember to wash your makeup off every night. Sleeping with makeup on can clog pores, cause inflammation, and give the appearance of dull skin.
Hydrated skin looks and feels youthful and fresh. Keeping your skin moisturized allows the skin to shed its dead cells, otherwise, it holds on to that top layer of dead skin. Using a moisturizer with SPF is also necessary for healthy skin. UV exposure causes skin damage such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and sunspots. Not to mention that sun exposure can cause skin cancer. Regular use of sunscreen keeps skin young and supple looking. It’s important to apply sunscreen every day as well as throughout the day when exposed to the sun. Using a mineral makeup powder that contains zinc is an easy way to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Exfoliation facilitates cell regeneration, unclogs pores, helps tame breakouts, and gives your skin a more youthful appearance. Exfoliators remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, allowing for your other skincare products to soak in. Gentle exfoliators can be used more frequently while, stronger exfoliators, such as glycolic acids, should be used more sparingly. Your type of skin determines how often you should exfoliate. Dry skin should be exfoliated less often, while oily skin can be exfoliated daily.
If you have any questions or concerns about your skincare needs, please call your Denton dermatologist at Precision Dermatology. Our dermatology consultants provide comprehensive dermatology care for all our patients' needs.