Ten rules for healthy skin from the University of Connecticut Department of Dermatology.
1. Wash your face in the morning and evening with a mild, gentle, super-fatted soap to remove dirt, bacteria, make-up, etc. After age 40 you only need to cleanse once per day.
2. Lubricate your skin. Dry skin looks older.
3. WEAR complete (UVA & UVB) SUNSCREENS or sunblocks to protect your skin. Try to avoid the mid-day sun.
4. Manage stress. Stress and anxiety increase the stress hormone, cortisol, which can cause inflammation that will break down collagen in your skin and may contribute to acne.
5. Eat anti-oxidant rich foods like berries, oranges, and asparagus to reduce inflammation.
6. Eat omega-3 fats which improve the hydration of the skin...these are found in salmon, flaxseed, and almonds. Saturated (bad) fats that are found in many dairy products and meats, will increase free radical damage in the skin and induce inflammation and aging of the skin.
7. Exercise regularly. Exercise helps oxygenate your skin which helps new collagen form.
8. Use a retinoid or vitamin A derivative topically on your skin. This will help new collagen growth and skin cell turnover resulting in smoother, toned and evenly colored skin over time.
9. Use topical anti-oxidant containing creams on your skin. Many are available over the counter and include creams that contain Vitamins C and E as well as green tea, coffeeberry extract, soy isoflavones, flavonoids (plan derived isoflavones), resveratrol (peels & seeds of grapes, nuts, fruits, red wine), beta carotene, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, caffeic & ferulic acids, pomegranate, caffeine, etc.
10. Change your routine every 6 to 12 months. This will help jumpstart improvements. For example, substitute a cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids for your antioxidant cream a few times a week or bump up the strength of your topical retinoids. This will enhance skin rejuvenation.
Originally posted on the SKINmission blog, check it out for this and other great information and news.