How to maintain healthy skin

Your skin tells a lot about you. You should take care of it in any way you can. If you need additional tips on taking care of your skin, ask your doctor about prescriptions that may be available. More than a great wardrobe or a skilled hand with make-up, healthy glowing skin is the key to turning heads. Yes, some people win the hereditary lottery when it comes to good skin, just as others are blessed with the kind of metabolism that lets them eat vast amounts of pizza, chocolate, and Chunky Monkey without gaining an ounce. But genes are just the starting point. Beautiful skin is also about good skin care habits, practiced day in and day out. Studies have shown that the vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids unplug pores, help clear up acne, reduce fine lines, boost the production of collagen, lighten brown spots and freckles, and improve skin texture. Avoid smoking. Smoking has a lot of negative health effects on the body, including heart disease and lung cancer among many. However, what most people may not know is that the nicotine in cigarette smoke can cause skin discoloration and, in some cases, acne. In order to maintain good skin health, quit smoking. Avoid the use of oil-based substances on the skin. Oil-based substances clog pores and cause acne. Acne can cause ugly scars, thus taking away from overall skin appearance. When using beauty creams, shop for ones that have no oil and also consider looking at ones that have low or no fragrance to them. If you need further assistance on choosing skin care products, ask your dermatologist for help. One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
• Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
• Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
• Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.