You’ve probably been constantly reminded to wear sunscreen when you go out in the sun and to moisturize, usually by a parent or another adult, but do you know how important it really is?

Skincare is often overlooked as too superficial or entirely cosmetic, but it can have some serious health benefits. There are very real side effects to neglecting it, too.

Okay, how can I take care of my skin?

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to just be gentle with your skin. Here are a couple of things that can help:

  • Use sunscreen consistently
    • Sunscreen has been proven to have benefits for just daily use, not only when you’re in the sun. It protects your skin from the ultraviolet spectrum emitted from the sun, which can prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging.
  • Eat healthily
    • Your diet often shows up on your skin. If you’re eating a balanced and healthy diet, your skin will show it.
  • Avoid smoking
    • Smoking causes wrinkles, and premature aging, and makes your skin look older. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen available to your body, which can make you look pale. It also damages the fibers that help your skin maintain its strength and elasticity.
  • Keep it moisturized
    • Moisturizing your skin can help protect it from the environment and keep it hydrated. This can reduce your risk for a lot of skin and overall health problems.

 

Skincare is vital to your overall health, too. It can help reduce your risk of skin cancer, which is a very serious condition. When your skin is dry, irritated, or infected, it can affect the rest of your body by putting it at risk for other more serious health issues. If you’re looking for advice on how to take care of your skin, or don’t know how or where to find someone to help you, your primary care physician is a good place to start. If you’re looking for a primary care physician in Plano, Irving, Coppell, or Frisco, call us at 214-666-6259 or schedule an appointment in the contact tab above the post.

Author Jai Sammpath

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