Your skin is the first thing that people notice about you and that is why a proper skin care regimen is so important.  There are many products that claim to help improve skin tone and promote a flawless complexion, but no one solution works for everyone. An effective skin care regimen is one that is done consistently over a time. Specific skin issues or concerns should be addressed by a physician, medical aesthetician or dermatologist.

good skin health tip - avoid sun exposure

Skin Care Tip 1: Avoid Sun Exposure.

Avoid sun exposure when possible.  Excess exposure to sun may lead to early signs of aging, skin discoloration and even cancerous lesions. While a suntan may give you a “healthy glow”, there is no reason to sacrifice your skin or your health in order to achieve it. Tanning lights and beds have also been found to promote negative skin issues, and are not a viable alternative. Individuals who still want that sun-tanned look may opt for a self-tanning lotion instead.  Today’s self-tanners can provide a natural, streak-free look.  Before applying the lotion to your entire body, apply it to a small test area just to make sure there is no irritation or allergic reaction.

glass-of-water_GyY7CL_OSkin Care Tip 2: Hydrate.

Eight glasses of water per day will provide benefits to your skin as well as your body overall. Proper hydration can help reduce the look fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Care Tip 3: Moisturize!

Dry or cracked skin can be unbearable.  Besides the discomfort of tight red skin, it can be downright embarrassing.  A good quality facial moisturizer & body cream will eliminate discomfort, redness and help to replenish the skin’s natural moisture, which is often stripped in today’s harsh environment.

If your lips tend to become chapped in the winter months or wind burnt at other times, using lip balm or lipstick will help to protect the lips from nature’s worst.

Skin Care Tip 4: Exfoliate.

A gentle exfoliant will help to remove old skin cells and other debris and particles from your skin.  This will expose the healthy cells and rid your body from the old ones. Make sure to exfoliate the sensitive skin on your face with products developed specifically for facial care.

Skin Care Tip 5: Be Gentle.

Avoid products that irritate your skin in any way, including soaps that have harsh ingredients.  If possible, use a moisturizing soap or one designed for sensitive skin. Never use bath soap on your face. Soap’s drying properties can irritate skin and make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent.  The sensitive skin on your face requires a gentle cleanser designed specifically for facial use.

Margaret L Larson, ARNP, MSN, NP-CSkin Care Tip 6: See A Professional.

Visit your physician, dermatologist or medical aesthetician if you experience any skin concerns or lasting symptoms of irritation or redness. Monitor your skin for any unusual moles, growths or discolorations and seek medical evaluation for any suspicious areas.

A dermatologist or medical aesthetician is often consulted for matters relating to acne or other skin disorders, especially if they are severe.

Often first consultations with a skincare specialist are free like ours at Larson Medical Aesthetics in Bellevue and Burien. Consulting with someone who’s an expert in skin can be very helpful, whether starting a new skincare regimen or looking to see if you’re on the right track.

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The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes.  It should not be considered as, or used in conjunction with, professional medical advice.  Consult your doctor prior to beginning any skin care regimen or if you have been diagnosed with any disorder involving the skin.