For some, smooth, soft skin comes naturally.
For many others, unfortunately, preventing crocodile hands and rough skin is a daily battle. If you struggle with similar skin issues, follow these ten at-home skin care tips from Farber Plastic Surgery to help keep your skin healthy and moist.
Our skin is always excreting small amounts of oil. During the day and at night, this oil accumulates and also catches dust particles. It is essential to keep these oil and dust build-ups to a minimum by frequently washing your face and skin— at least in the morning and before going to bed. Using a gentle, nurturing, pH neutral body wash and face cleanser will keep your skin fresh and revitalized.
Thousands of our skin cells die daily, remaining on the skin’s surface and accumulating over time. These dead skin cells are a significant contributor to dry, cracked skin. Exfoliation removes the dead layer of cells to reveal the younger, fresher cells underneath. Thus, exfoliating two to three times a week is crucial to maintain youthful skin.
For some patients, an in-house treatment such as a chemical peel can be used to jump-start the exfoliation process and remove the initial layer of dead cells and provide stunning results.
To get and keep moist skin, moisturizing needs to be part of one’s daily routine. Our skin loses significant amounts of moisture during the days and while sleeping, so moisturizing in the morning and evenings is the best way to keep your skin healthy and happy.
Drink Plenty of Water
The human body is 60% water. If we don’t drink enough of it, our skin can’t be at its optimal health. Drinking at least six glasses of water every day is not only essential for proper skin health— it also helps to improve mood, boost energy levels, assist in digestion, and stave off hunger.
Use Sun Protection
When left unprotected from the sun, our skin is vulnerable to burning, dehydration, peeling, and the potential development of cancerous skin growths. Even if you don’t plan on staying long out in the sun, wearing an SPF30 + sun protection lotion on sun-exposed skin is a great way to keep your skin healthy and free from the possible harmful side-effects of prolonged sun exposure.
Be Timely with the Sun
If fun in the sun is part of your day, then it’s worth remembering that the sun’s rays are most potent when it is highest in the sky— between 11 AM and 3 PM. Wearing proper sun protection during these times, including wide-brimmed hats and complete skin coverage with clothing, is very wise if your goal is even and smooth skin.
Use Nice Bed Sheets
We spend a third of our lives in our beds. As our skin is continuously excreting oils, regularly changing bed sheets and using gentle fabrics is vital for skin health. In particular, bed sheet materials like hemp and bamboo absorb and retain high amounts of body oils and grit. 100% cotton or silk are the best sheet material options to maintain healthy skin.
Watch Your Diet
Sugar, oil, deep fried foods— each of these frequently lead to acne and skin issues. As such, eating natural, whole foods —in particular fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds— provides your body with the nutrients and building blocks required to help keep your skin vibrant and healthy.
Irritants and fragrances in many beauty products block our pores and cause allergic reactions. For this reason, it is strongly suggested that you pay close attention to the beauty products you use on your skin and look for natural products with as few ingredients as possible.
Consistency is key to maintaining great skin. Forming a habitual skin care routine is the best way to stay consistent, and you will enjoy the benefits with the least amount of effort once you have optimized your skincare routine.