Whether we ask for it or not, we’re all bombarded with skincare advice several times a day. From the plethora of ads for skincare products, to dermatologists appearing on morning talk shows to exalt the benefits of the latest cream/procedure/treatment, and celebrities penning columns in magazines about their skincare regimens. It can be hard to distinguish the sponsored talking points from the truly objective and trustworthy advice.
In an effort to disseminate truly expert, unbiased advice, we turn to the American Academy of Dermatology for what they consider to be most important. Here are 5 tips from dermatologists for better skin:
- During the day, always wear a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF, or a product containing antioxidants, which also provide sun protection. At night, use a product that contains either retinoids, peptides, or growth factors which help repair skin damage as you sleep.
- To guard against skin cancer, perform self-skin exams at least twice a year and see the dermatologist if there’s anything that looks suspicious. For a more thorough exam, partner with a loved one to examine each other’s skin.
- Try stress-management techniques to lower your stress levels, which can affect your skin in a number of ways. High stress can cause your blood vessels to become over-active, resulting in worsening of conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. It can also cause excessive perspiration, hair loss, hives, and brittle nails.
- Before purchasing a kit that allows you to perform cosmetic procedures at home, consult your dermatologist. Not only should you discuss the safety of such devices, as well as the potential for reaction to their active ingredients, you may also find that your doctor can perform the same procedure in the office using a higher-concentration of the active ingredient for a more immediate and longer-lasting result.
- When it comes to manis and pedis, don’t forget that your cuticle is a part of your skin that should be especially cared for, as it’s a protective barrier against infection. Ask your nail technician how the instruments are cleaned, or bring your own set if possible. Also, request that your cuticle not be pushed back or cut, which increases the risk of contracting a fungal or staph infection of the nail.
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