The chill of winter is on its way out, and we are all looking forward to some warmer temperatures ahead. As we do, it can be an easy time to fall into some bad habits with our skin care. In fact, living in California, where the weather usually varies only slightly from one season to the next, the common mistakes that dry out the skin may be lurking in your life. Let’s take a look at a few of them here, so you have a better opportunity to avoid them.
Bright Skin Starts On The Inside
We don’t often hear about the expansive effects of dehydration, but we need to be aware of them so we can avoid long-term consequences. The fact is, everything from the heart to the brain to the skin needs water to function at full capacity. Water is vital to the detoxification of cells. When we become dehydrated, the body cannot flush toxins appropriately, and the skin becomes susceptible to chronic conditions. Oh, and it becomes leathery, too. Make water a part of your day!
It Extends All The Way Out With Exfoliation
The outermost layer of the epidermis is often comprised of dead skin cells than any other necessary matter. Dead skin cells don’t belong there, and they are supposed to fall off, but they don’t. You have to help them. You can exfoliate your skin by using a gentle acidic product, like alpha-hydroxy acid, a few times each week. In many cases, this is sufficient. However, chemical peels or microdermabrasion are excellent therapies to add to your ongoing skin care routine.
When you hydrate your body (and your skin), you want to hold on to that moisture. To do so, you need to know what may stand in your way. Where a lot of people go wrong is in the shower. Yes, we totally get that a nice hot shower sounds great at the end of your day! However, the higher temperature that the body is exposed to leaches moisture from every cell. Then, dehydration has to be fought from the inside out, and from the outside in. Be sure to apply an appropriate moisturizer within 5 minutes of bathing to lock in moisture.
Your Fresno dermatologist has services to help you refresh and restore your skin. Call 559-435-SKIN (7546)to schedule your visit.