Your skin is your largest organ, and is just as complex as other vital organs of the body such as the heart and lungs, however many of us don’t pay it as much attention as we do those other organs. In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, Savannah River Dermatology has five tips for keeping your skin healthy. Practice these habits in your everyday life to make your skin’s health a top priority.
- Always wear SPF
- Protecting your skin from the sun is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your skin. UV rays from the sun are the leading cause of premature skin aging. We recommend applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more everyday.
- Stay Hydrated
- Keeping your skin hydrated begins with what you put into your body. Drinking plenty of water allows your body to flush out toxins that linger in all of your organs, including your skin. While the amount of water you should drink daily depends on a variety of factors including age, weight and activity level, shoot for a minimum of about 8 cups a day.
- In general, a good skincare routine includes washing your face in the morning and at night, however this should be altered for your specific skin’s needs. If you workout during the day, you may want to wash your face more, while overwashing dry skin can irritate it. Always remember to remove makeup and cleanse your skin prior to going to bed to prevent clogged pores.
- Exfoliation will leave your skin looking brighter and can assist in the effective absorption of topical skin care products because it removes dead skin cells and helps open pores. Talk to your dermatologist about which exfoliator is right for you.
- See your dermatologist regularly
- While a good skincare routine is important, perhaps the best thing you can do for your skin is to see your dermatologist regularly! During an exam, your dermatologist will note any concerning skin conditions and advise you on the best course of action for treatment. At Savannah River Dermatology, we strive to ensure your patient experience is unique by combining superior patient safety and privacy standards in treating dermatologic and cosmetic concerns.
Have questions about your skincare, a condition or other concern? Contact us.
For additional information or to set up a consultation with one of our dermatologists or staff members, please contact our office at (706) 691-7079.