6 tips for healthy skin this spring

You eat right. You exercise. But what are you doing to take care of your skin? Good skin care and a healthy lifestyle can help you delay the natural aging process. Spring forward to healthier skin with these six tips:

Eat healthy and drink lots of water. Eating a diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins improves your health in so many ways. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated.

Get plenty of sleep and reduce stress. A lack of sleep and stress can impact your overall health and can even trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems.

Take care of your skin in the sun. Over a lifetime, sun exposure leads to fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen every two hours or more often when swimming or if you’re sweating. Wear wide-brimmed hats and consider sun-protective clothing that is designed to block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Don’t smoke. It’s no secret that smoking contributes to fine lines and wrinkles and makes your skin look older than it is. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, fibers in your skin that give it strength and elasticity and break down over time. Talk to your doctor about programs, medications and other treatments that can help you kick the habit.

Limit those hot, long showers. Hot water can strip natural oils from your skin. Limit your bath and shower time and use warm water instead of hot water whenever possible.

Moisturize skin daily. Find a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. If you’re headed outdoors, use a moisturizer that contains SPF.

It’s important to make time to care for your skin so you can limit or delay the effects of natural aging and environmental factors. To discuss your skin concerns and ways to achieve a healthy, youthful look, call (818) 662-5005 to schedule a consultation at one of our offices in Glendale, Encino and Irvine.

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