8 Ways To Get Gorgeous, Glowing Skin
This may sound too good to be true, but it’s not: Beautiful skin is possible at any age. While we can’t completely stop the aging process, you can dramatically improve the condition of your skin by following a few simple tips.
Stress, for example, is a major cause of skin issues, including acne breakouts, eczema and more. Essentially, the stress you feel can actually show on your face. In addition to stress reduction techniques (we love exercise, yoga, meditation, doing something creative, like writing or painting), try these skin-improving techniques, according to an industry expert, Dr. Julia Tzu, founder and medical director of Wall Street Dermatology. A highly-regarded double board certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology, Mohs surgery (for skin cancer), reconstructive skin surgery, and laser surgery, here are Dr. Tzu’s eight tips for noticeably radiant skin.
1. Getting enough sleep
The body needs an average of eight hours of sleep every night. Skin cells utilize the time during sleep as a time to regenerate and grow, while during waking hours, they are in defense mode against constant environmental attack.
2. Hydrate the skin
Hydration comes from drinking enough water every day as well as liberal moisturizing the skin to retain the hydration. Most of the volume of the skin comes from water. Ample hydration prevents formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and even certain rashes.
Topical retinoids have anti-aging effects when used over a long period of time. This medication promotes collagen formation, decreases clogging of the pores, and evens out skin tone. Every good skin regimen should incorporate a nighttime retinoid. See your dermatologist for a prescription strength retinoid or find one over the counter.
4. Sun avoidance/sunscreen
Beautiful skin is skin that his not damaged by chronic ultraviolet radiation exposure. The longterm medical and aesthetic benefits of routine sunscreen exposure and sun avoidance have been demonstrated in scientific studies. Chronic and excessive exposure to sunlight results in brown spots, discoloration of the skin, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, and most importantly skin cancer.
A well balanced diet that includes plenty of antioxidant rich fresh vegetables and fruits and minimizes foods with high glycemic indices (eg. pasta, cake, sugary drinks) is recommended.
6. Stress Reduction
Perhaps one of the most challenging but most important factors to modify amongst New Yorkers. Stress, whether it be emotional or physical, affects the overall health of the body and is easily reflected in the quality of the skin. Acne breakouts, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis are examples of some common skin conditions that erupt when the body is stressed.
Exfoliating the skin should be performed at routine intervals but not on an every day basis, as daily exfoliation of the skin may be too harsh and irritating. Exfoliation removes the top most layer of dead surface skin cells that dulls the skin. Exfoliation can be accomplished in the form of gentle scrubs, cleansers that contain glycolic acid, or more professionally through microdermabrasion. When performed on a monthly basis, microdermabrasion creates soft, smooth, and radiant appearing skin.
8. See your dermatologist
The above tips focus on preventative measures to achieve beautiful skin. However, for existing blemishes of the skin, there are plenty of highly effective procedures that your dermatologist can recommend to eliminate discoloration, fine wrinkles, and textural irregularities of the skin. Beautiful skin is actually achievable–but it does take some level of dedication and work!
For more information on Wall Street Dermatology and Dr. Tzu, please visit www.wallstreetdermatology.com. Follow Wall Street Dermatology on Facebook at WallStreetDermatology and on Twitter at @DrJuliaTzu.