Your skin is your largest organ and is always exposed. Skin has many important functions including protecting internal organs and systems, regulating your body temperature and removing toxins. So why wouldn’t you want to know how to take care of it properly?
Soft and supple baby skin?
To maximize the amount of time that you keep that soft and supple baby skin, here are some tips to protect it:
Use sunblock — Always use a sunblock when you are out and about and reapply every couple of hours. Always check the sun protection factor (SPF) before you purchase a sunblock. IRMC Physician Group Dermatologist, Dr. Qureshi, recommends a minimum 45 SPF sunblock.
Cover up — Even on a cloudy day, your skin is exposed any time that you are outside. Always cover up by using hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, etc.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The sun’s UV rays are the strongest during these hours. Try to stay indoors if possible or cover up when you are outside.
Drink sufficient fluids — Your skin needs to stay hydrated to maintain optimal function. We need approximately 2 to 2.5 liters of fluid daily unless you have a medical condition. And drinking too much alcohol and coffee dehydrates your skin.
Eat healthy — Healthy body, healthy skin. Your skin will thank you for eating a balanced diet with sufficient vitamins and minerals.
Don’t smoke — The list of negative effects of smoking is not exhaustive. Smoking deprives your skin of blood supply and oxygen, reduces elasticity of the skin, and thus accelerates the aging process.
Avoid prolonged exposure to UV — Although tanning beds in the winter and warm beaches in the summer are tempting, exposing yourself to hours of unnecessary UV can have consequences! Try to stay under a beach umbrella while on vacation and explore the option of spray tans and sunless tanners in place of tanning beds. Also, do not forget the first tip: Apply sunblock. Reapply every couple of hours and always after a swim.
Different body parts means different skin types
While our skin is made up of the same layers, it’ very different depending on the part of the body. For example, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your palms. There is no “one-size-fits all” moisturizer. A good skin care regimen will go a long way in keeping your skin soft and supple. Talk to Dr. Qureshi to find out what suits you best.
Taking care of the skin in old age
Younger adults who experience minor injury will likely find that their skin recovers fairly quickly. However, as we age, our skin becomes drier and more delicate. This is why older ages are more prone to skin tears and injury. Thus, it is advisable for all ages to apply an appropriate moisturizer daily. Studies have shown that applying moisturizer twice a day can cut the risk of experiencing a skin tear in half. If you experience a skin tear or injury, it is good practice to have it checked by your doctor.