Skin care is very important and often overlooked. If practiced properly, skin care practices can keep you looking your best and reduce the amount of anti-aging treatments or products needed.

In Phoenix, Dr. Holy recommends a proactive approach to skin care. Let’s take a closer look at some skin care tips that will help maintain your skin in a healthy and young-looking state.

Exfoliate – Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells and that extra dirt and grime. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry. From face scrubs, body scrubs, and even sponges, finding an exfoliator that works on your skin is a vital tool to add to your skin care routine this summer.

Sunscreen – Sunscreen can help protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (protecting against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or higher, and water resistant. Re-apply it every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun. 

Hydrate – It is especially important to drink enough water when outside on these warm, summer months because our bodies tend to lose more water than average on hot days. It is common practice to have a drink of water every 15 minutes when activity levels are high because of excessive sweat and water loss. Over the summer be sure to stay hydrated while maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.  

Moisturize – It’s time to pack away your thick winter body butters for lighter summery lotions. Dry skin can get even drier in the summer. Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower so that you seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.

Avoid Harsh Soap – Deodorant and antibacterial soaps can be especially harsh on your skin, compromising your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Instead, opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers.

Limit Sun Exposure – Dealing properly with sun exposure helps prevent many skin aging problems ranging from wrinkles to skin cancer.

The skin you have now is the only skin you’ll ever get. Keeping it at its best starts with how you treat it every day. With proper skin care to pamper skin from the outside and with a good diet to nourish from within, healthy skin is achievable with simple steps. Should you ever notice any problems, get medical attention to resolve them quickly and avoid putting your skin at risk. If you have concerns about aging skin or would like more information about aging skin prevention, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or website.