Tips For A Healthy, Happy & Youthful 2008
Here are some tips to keep you looking your best for 2008!
DISCARD OLD, USED BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Because bacteria is transferred from your fingers to your cosmetics, we suggest you discard your products one year after opening them. Products used near the eye (like mascara) should be replaced after three months.
We have already discussed several reasons to stop smoking here. Smokers are more likely to have psoriasis, and to loose their hair. It is also readily apparent that smoking makes your skin age prematurely - giving you wrinkles around your lips and eyes.
UNHAND THOSE PIMPLES!
Squeezing pimples is not the best thing for you. Though it may appear as if you are getting the “bad stuff out”, often you are actually pushing bacteria and debris deeper into the skin. Think of a pimple as a balloon under the skin. When you squeeze it… you pop the balloon. But balloons rarely pop in one direction. They shatter. The same thing is happening to you when you go for a zit. You are much more likely to develop scars from pimples that you popped.
MORE SLEEP, LESS STRESS
Stress plays an important roll to our body, & our skin is no exception. Studies have shown that stress can decrease the skin’s barrier, slow down wound healing, and lead to flairs of inflammatory skin disease like psoriasis, eczema, and hair loss.
WEAR SUNSCREEN & BE SUN SMART
Regular use of sunscreen, sun protective clothing, and avoiding the peak hours of the day can help you avoid some types of skin cancer as well as keep your skin looking its best. The sun’s rays may make you feel good, but it is making you look older. Exposure to UV light makes the skin blotchy in color and wrinkle prematurely.
The best sunscreen is the one that you use regularly! There are several good sunscreens to choose from… but it might be worth looking for a broad spectrum sunscreen that also contains strong antioxidants like green tea polyphenols. We will discuss the benefits of green tea in future posts.
SIMPLIFY YOUR BEAUTY
Going to the pharmacy can be overwhelming! There are so many products, and many many claims of efficacy! Being on too many creams can be not only confusing, but also counterproductive. If you want to do the best you can for your skin, you should ask your dermatologist about products that they recommend. They can help you through the marketing, and get you products that are easy to use and effective.
WASH YOUR FACE
As we make our way through the day, our skin picks up environmental debris. It is a good idea to wash your face nightly before bed. After washing your face, we often recommend a variety of night creams - to help you achieve the goals you are after.