Smooth, soft skin is happy skin. However, getting and keeping healthy and moisturized skin can be challenging.
The experts at Art Plastic Surgery know that looking youthful and having great skin requires diligence in many areas— including your at-home skin routine.
If you follow these ten actionable at-home tips, you’ll give your skin the best chance of looking youthful, whether you choose to have a cosmetic procedure or not.
Regularly washing with a gentle, pH neutral body wash and a soft body loofah ensures that there is never a substantial buildup of oil, dust, grit, grime, and contaminants on your skin. Keeping your skin and pores clear of irritants, while being delicate with your skin, is vital for great skin.
Hundreds of thousands of skin cells die each day. These dead cells can stay on our skins’ surface and become hardened and cracked, leading to scaly, rough skin. By taking on a consistent yet gentle exfoliation routine, you ensure old skin cells are removed to make way for newer cells underneath. An in-house chemical peel also very effectively removes layers of dead skin cells, and many patients enjoy the immediate benefits from this procedure.
Moisturizing is a crucial step to obtaining and keeping soft, hydrated skin. By moisturizing in the morning and before bed, you help your skin cells replenish and lock in moisture lost during the long nights and days.
Drink Plenty of Water
Skin can not be moist and smooth if the body doesn’t have enough moisture— remember, the human body is almost 60% water. By drinking plenty of water each day, you ensure your entire body runs optimally from your digestion, heat regulation, synaptic nerve communication, and skin health.
Use Sun Protection
The sun can make our skin look beautifully tanned, but too much sun exposure leads to burnt, dry, peeling, uneven skin, and even more sinister issues such as melanomas. Adding a sun-protection lotion to your daily skincare routine prevents overexposure to the sun while maximizing your opportunity to safely enjoy the great outdoors.
Be Timely with the Sun
It’s a good idea to be mindful of when the sun’s rays are most fierce— when it’s highest in the sky, between 11 AM and 3 PM. Staying out of the sun as much as possible during these times is an easy step to take to maintain smooth, moist skin.
Use Nice Bed Sheets
Humans spend up to a third of their lives in their beds. As we are in direct contact with our bedsheets while we sleep, choosing a material that nurtures the skin is crucial for better skin. Fabrics like cotton, hemp, and bamboo absorb oils and dirt from your skin, which isn’t a good thing. A silk bed set is ideal— but perhaps not the most cost-effective. In this case, regularly cleaning your 100% cotton bed sheet is a good alternative.
Watch Your Diet
“You are what you eat.” You’re also no doubt tired of hearing this overly used phrase. But it is over-used for a reason— because it’s true. Eating foods with healthy fats and antioxidants, particularly fatty fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, and colorful vegetables, all help your skin stay vibrant and smooth. Avoid sugar and deep-fried snacks and foods.
Many beauty products (although they smell absolutely delicious and initially feel marvelous) contain irritants that are bad for your skin in the long run. Choose beauty and skincare products with the fewest ingredients possible.
The best way to enjoy long-term, healthy skin is consistently applying the above tips. Turning these tips into habits ensures the best chances of you enjoying permanently healthy skin.
If you are concerned about your skin, please reach out to us at Art Plastic Surgery with any queries or concerns that you may have. You can contact our team of experts at 201 251 6622 or fill in our online form to arrange your consultation today.