Aging Gracefully by Taking Care of Your Skin

With sunny days increasing and the amount of clothing, we need to be comfortable is decreasing, it is a good time to review healthy habits

Eat Right

  • Drinking plenty of water is a great thing to do for your skin. When your skin feels dry, and you feel like reaching for the moisturizer, don’t forget to apply moisture from the inside too, by drinking plenty of water.
  • Food rich in vitamin E such as almonds, wheat germ, cooked spinach and avocados are great for your skin. They are full of antioxidants too that protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV.

Don’t Smoke

  • Smoking cigarettes is bad for your skin from the inside and the outside.  
  • Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen to your skin, starving it of nourishment such as collagen that keeps skin healthy
  • The particles from cigarettes settle on your skin and leaves a film of dirt on your face.
  • While the definitive medical research on the internal effects of smoking marijuana is not out, the particulates can have the same effect on your skin.
  • There may be some anti-inflammatory qualities that can benefit your skin, especially if applied topically, but again, the research is just not out yet.

Slip, Slap, Slop

  • Slip on a long sleeve shirt (preferably one with build in UV protection).
  • Slap on a wide brimmed hat to give your face and neck extra protection.
  • Slop on sunscreen. You should be doing this every day of the year when it comes to your face, neck and hands.

Call Kallgren Dermatology in Blouder for a yearly skin check for skin cancer and don’t forget, sun damage is cumulative!!