Sunburns and overexposure to the sun make you more likely to get skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to protect your skin before leaving the house every day.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation does more than burn skin and increase your chances of getting skin cancer. It also speeds up the aging process, causing the skin to wrinkle and look prematurely dull. Luckily, there are ways to keep your skin healthy this summer.
At his practice in Hackensack, New Jersey, dermatologist Allen Sapadin, MD, and our team provide expert care to ensure healthy skin. We offer nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to restore youthful skin, as well as chemical peels and skin cancer screenings to keep you looking and feeling your best.
The skin is an organ, just like your liver or heart. What you eat and drink affects your appearance and the health of your skin. The best foods for keeping skin supple and glowing are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
You can find these fatty acids in fish, nuts, seeds, and plant oils. A diet with the proper amount of this beneficial fat reduces acne risks, manages oil production, and slows the premature aging of your skin.
To keep your skin healthy and wrinkle-free, use sunscreen every day. The sunscreen should be at least SPF 15, and you should reapply every two hours. If you’re outside a lot sweating or swimming, you should apply sunscreen more often.
Also, stay in the shade as often as possible, and wear clothing that protects your skin.
Smoking causes skin to age prematurely, and it increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer. Smoking contributes to wrinkles by causing blood vessels to constrict. This decreases blood flow to your skin’s outermost layers, leaving you with pale, dull skin.
Be kind to your skin by using gentle cleansing soaps and shaving carefully. Consider using high-quality products from Revision Skincare®, recommended by our on-site Pure Skin Care Cosmetic Center, to keep your skin healthy and resilient.
Don’t use hot water to wash your face or shave. Instead, aim for lukewarm water, and always use a sharp blade for a close shave. Shave in the direction the hair grows to avoid ingrown hairs and razor burn.
And blot your face dry instead of rubbing, leaving your skin a little damp. Use a gentle moisturizer that contains SPF every day.
Now that you know a few ways to protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous UV rays, you might be thinking of repairing some of the damage already done. If you’re trying to turn back the clock on sun-damaged skin, a chemical peel can fix prior damage.
These treatments remove layers of dead and damaged skin, revealing beautiful, youthful skin underneath. Dr. Sapadin helps you choose a light, medium, or deep chemical peel, depending on your customized treatment plan.
Healthy skin depends on healthy habits. We offer telehealth video conferencing to answer your questions and discuss all your dermatological needs. Make your appointment today by using our convenient online booking tool, or give us a call at 201-525-0057.