If you have a tan and hundreds of dollars in anti-aging creams in your bathroom then we need to talk! There are many products and procedures that can have dramatic improvements in the appearance of your skin. If you are to attain and preserve any of those benefits, little to no sun exposure is so important.
UV light exposure is the number one culprit for premature aging making your skin look decades older than it is. The oxidative damage that occurs in the skin when exposed to natural sunlight or tanning beds negates any benefit that topical antioxidant creams could provide. Repairing sun-damaged skin can be a very pricey and timely investment.
Protecting your skin from the sun with clothing, a hat and a broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best way to prevent premature aging. Laser treatments will eliminate the visible sun damage that has accumulated over the years such as irregular pigmentations (ie. sun spots), red spots and broken capillaries but UV avoidance post-treatment is still key to maintaining beautiful skin. As much as we love the sun for its warmth, light, and Vitamin D benefits, we are fighting a losing battle to slow the signs of aging every time we expose our unprotected skin to direct sunlight or tanning beds.
There are many treatments that we offer designed to completely rejuvenate the health of your skin such as photofacials, microneedling, ProFractional and laser resurfacing. Here are some basic lifestyle and diet recommendations for beautiful, healthy skin that you can try before your next office visit. When you don’t know where to start, start with the basics!
1. Increase your water intake. Water makes your skin happy and pretty. Regardless of what your diet looks like, always drink tons of water. Aim for a daily minimum of 1/2 your body weight (lbs.) in ounces. Water is your skin’s best friend.
2. Leafy green vegetables and fruits are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Good nutrition is the fundamental building block of healthy skin.
3. Probiotics: poor gut health can manifest as many different skin conditions. Heal the gut.
4. Omega-3s: a critical anti-inflammatory nutrient for healthy skin. Foods high in Omega-3 include sardines, anchovies, albacore tuna and wild caught salmon.
5. Vitamin C: stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, and bell peppers.
6. Vitamin E: protects the skin from oxidative damage and wrinkles. Foods high in Vitamin E include sunflower, safflower, almonds, spinach, and leafy greens.
7. Avoid caffeine, stress, sugar, processed foods, smoking, hot showers and toxic skin cleansers.
8. Sleep: get your beauty sleep! Aim for 7-9 hours per night and try to adopt proper sleep hygiene practices.
9. Exercise: increases circulation to nourish your skin with oxygen and nutrients.
10. Broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 is the most important element to shield skin from the sun, although foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF can help.
If you think you have an underlying health condition that may be affecting the health of your skin including changes in moisture, elasticity or thickness. Some of the most common hormonal imbalances such as menopause, perimenopause, adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism make it a lot harder to achieve beautiful, supple skin until we correct the underlying problem. A comprehensive medical intake will allow your physician to identify and treat your entire health picture so that you can feel energized, empowered and beautiful. It won’t be long before your friends are asking what your new secret is!