Next time you’re out on the town in Volusia County, look at the people around you. Look at the freckles, the myriad colors of skin, the distinct features. We are all uniquely beautiful. Skin care is never about attaining some unrealistic goal of perfection, its about enhancing our individual natural beauty. A good skin care routine helps your skin function at its very best.
If you don’t have a skin care routine, we want to take a moment to fill you in on the many ways it can improve your skin health. First of all, your skin is an organ. It’s the most prominently displayed organ any of us possess, which also means it’s susceptible to environmental irritants, misuse, and damage. Just as we care for our other bodily organs by eating healthy, visiting our doctor regularly, and staying fit and well-hydrated, our skin needs our care.
We can all agree that simpler is better, right? Many people shy away from a skin care routine because it seems like hard work to maintain glowing skin. We’re here to show you just how easy it is.
Proper skin care is as much about what you’re doing as it is about what you’re not doing.
Below are a few basic yet essential things you may or may not be doing as part of your skin care routine and how they can affect your overall skin health.
Cleansing your skin.
At the very least, most of us wash our skin regularly. Cleaning your skin is essential to not only slough off layers of dead skin, but also to prevent pores from becoming clogged. You should be washing your skin with a gentle soap that won’t lead to irritation or drying of your skin. Also keep in mind that excessive showering in hot water can have the reverse effect of drying your skin even more, so keep it short and sweet.
Consider everything that touches your skin as well when adding cleanliness to your regimen. We know you can’t live without your phone and that sunglasses are a mainstay in Central Florida, but these things can be teeming with germs. Clean the items that touch your skin regularly with a sanitary wipe, and don’t forget to wash that pillowcase!
Also, we know you love to swim (we live in Florida – who doesn’t?) but chlorine can be particularly harmful to your skin. Be sure to wash and wash well as soon as possible after spending time in the pool this summer.
Moisturizing your skin.
The things we do every day, including spending time in the water, exposing our skin to heat, and drinking coffee, to name a few, sap moisture from our skin. A good moisturizer will help replenish moisture and restore balance to your skin. This can help prevent acne and wrinkles.
Your dermatologist can help you find the right moisturizer to balance your skin type.
Protecting from UV exposure.
This should go without saying, but it’s absolutely necessary to protect our skin daily with sunscreen. Your skin care specialist at Blue Ocean Dermatology can recommend protective, lightweight lotions that are gentle on your skin and perfect for daily use.
Remember to reapply often, especially when you’re active outdoors in the summer months.
Just like our internal organs, our skin needs vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin moisturized. Filling your diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats that are high in protein, omega-3s, and healthy fats can deliver all the vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs to ward off troubling conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. If you’d like to learn more, we wrote an article all about the best foods to eat for optimal skin health.
Getting enough rest.
Our bodies restore their vital functioning while we sleep and our skin is no exception. We tend to put sleep on the back burner in favor of trying to get more done these days, but not only does this on-the-go lifestyle wear us out, it also increases our stress. Both things are extremely damaging to skin.
Caring for your skin also means caring for yourself. Take time to relax, meditate, and get eight hours of sleep each night. Your skin will radiate good health.
Can You Define Your Skin Care Routine?
As you can see, a good skin care routine is about more than just slathering on some lotions and calling it a day. In fact, sometimes our best intentions can do more harm than good. In an effort to do as much as we can to improve the feel and appearance of our skin, many of us end up going overboard. Using too many products can clog pores, irritate, and dry out the skin. Things like exfoliating too often can also strip away essential oils and leave your skin parched.
A few simple, high-quality products and some basic healthy habits are all you need to keep your skin radiant. The results can be much more flattering than what you’ll get by spending a small fortune on showy new products with outlandish claims.
Honestly, if you can’t define your skin care routine in a few simple terms (hopefully those listed above!) it may be time to rethink your plan and show your skin a little TLC.