7 Habits for Lifelong Skin Health

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It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin, but it’s also never too late to start either. There are always healthy changes you can make that could have a positive effect on your skin and allow it to look and feel its best. If you’re not doing one or more of the following, then consider changing up your skincare routine to include at least one of the habits that could help improve your skin’s health.

See Your Dermatologist Annually
There are many who wait to see the dermatologist until there’s a problem, but it’s actually best to have an annual appointment or to go more often if your doctor deems it necessary. These appointments are not just a great way to have your moles checked but also to discuss any concerns you have regarding how you can better your skin.

Protect Yourself from the Sun
As wonderful as the sun is, it’s not so great for your skin. Those UV rays could lead to a lot of skin issues ranging from wrinkles to skin cancer, and the noticeable changes might not wait until you’re older to pop up. You could notice them at any time. There are several habits you can start to protect yourself from the sun—the biggest of which is to wear sunscreen daily all throughout the year—but you can also wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sun protective clothing, and stay in the shade as much as possible.

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Choose Products for Your Skin Type
Many of us are guilty of—at one point or another—buying products that weren’t ideal for our skin type simply because we wanted to try them, they were on sale, or because we liked the scent of them. The problem with that is that we should be using products that are specific to our skin type, such as using products that are labeled “for sensitive skin” or “for oily skin.” Check labels when you’re buying products to help increase the chances that they’ll complement your skin.

Moisturize Daily
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to moisturize on a daily basis, and it’s even better to do so day and night. There are a plethora of benefits including helping your skin to look and feel softer, providing a boost of hydration, and even helping to ward off premature skin aging.

Be Gentle to Your Skin
Choosing products meant for our skin type is one way to be gentle to our skin, but there are other ways as well. For example, if you rub your skin with a towel after a shower, start patting it dry, and if you’re using hot water while you wash your face, take a bath, or shower, switch that up to lukewarm. Our skin is both strong and delicate at the same time and it’s important to be as careful with it as possible.

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Cleanse Your Face Before Bed
You’re definitely not alone if you’ve gone to bed with your makeup on, but it’s certainly not good for your skin. Doing so also means you didn’t cleanse your face so all that dirt, grime, oil, pollution, makeup, and everything else that’s sitting on your skin is doing some damage. As tired as you may be, always make sure to wash your face before bed.

Do Regular Skin Check
It’s not enough to wait until your dermatologist appointment to get a skin check; you should check your own skin frequently. Look for any noticeable changes, especially when it comes to the size and shape of your moles. If possible, have someone check your hard-to-see places such as your back.

Quit Smoking
We know it’s easier said than done, but quitting smoking could have major benefits for your skin as well as your body as a whole. There are so many different methods out there that could help you quit regardless of how long you’ve been smoking, so even if a few haven’t worked for you thus far, don’t give up. Keep trying to find the one that’s right for you.

Should you have any questions about how to have lifelong healthy skin, don’t hesitate to talk to your dermatologist who can give you advice that’s tailored to you.

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