On March 19th I started a series about caring for your skin and this week I complete the trifecta and talk about protecting your skin.
There are many ways to protect our skin and many different things we need to protect against. We all need to protect our skin as it forms the first line of defense for our bodies against the elements. The process does not have to be time-consuming, difficult, or expensive, and if you make it part of your daily routine (the way you protect your teeth by brushing them), you can help your skin look and feel gorgeous!
1. Take Precautions with your Health
Nasty things like cold sores can be caused by a viral infection of the skin that borders the lips. Bacteria contribute to acne and other skin conditions and infections if not kept in check. Pay close attention to everything that comes into contact with your skin, to lower your chances of exposure to germs, and follow proper make up handling.
2. Use Gentle Skin Care
Wash your face! This removes dirt, oils, germs, and if you exfoliate, removes icky dead cells.
- Wash twice daily with warm water and mild cleanser.
- Gently massage with a washcloth using a circular motion.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap and debris.
- Pat dry — never rub — then apply moisturizer.
3. Get to Know your Skin
Odd freckles, moles, and growths on the skin should be monitored, and your doctor consulted when/if you notice any changes. Changes in a mole might indicate potential skin cancer. Treat any cuts to ward off infection.
If you have any of these skin conditions (Which might be signs of one of the many types of dermatitis, or skin inflammation), you may want to visit your dermatologist:
- frequent acne
- inflamed or irritated dry skin
- skin rashes and irritations that don’t go away
4. Use Sun Block!
When you care for your skin both inside and out, protecting it comes down to a few simple steps. Remember, though, should you ever notice anything out of the ordinary, get medical attention to resolve them quickly and avoid putting you and/or your skin at risk.