Having healthy, happy, and beautiful skin can make anyone feel more confident. When your skin looks good, you feel good. But sometimes our skin doesn’t look as good as we want it to. It is easy to fall into bad habits that make our skin look worse, but it is also easy to make changes to leave our skin clean and healthy.

Having skin that looks flawless is something many people work hard for, but it may be a challenge for some to achieve. Luckily, there are simple ways to get better skin and improve the overall appearance. Follow a few steps, keep some dermatologist tips in mind, and get your skin looking healthier than ever.

If you want expert advice, to learn more about your skin type and how to best care for it, or to just get a medical grade facial and other dermatology services, be sure to schedule an appointment with Azeal Dermatology Services. Our Boulder dermatologists can offer information and skin treatments you need for healthy and beautiful skin, but knowing how to care for your skin and keep it looking healthy at home is always a plus! In this blog, we are going to give you tips to help keep your skin look and feel better than ever.

Always Wear Sunscreen

You have likely heard this hundreds of times throughout your life — from your mom, doctor, grandparents, commercials, dermatologists, friends, and just about everyone else. But how often do you actually follow this rule? We all want to be tan in the summer and have that sun kissed skin, but that sun kissed skin has a way of quickly turning into lobster skin which is a major problem. You should wear sunscreen 365 days of the year, all day, everyday, no matter what. Yes, that seems excessive, but you can be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays even when you are sitting inside or in your car with the windows up. You are never safe.

Alright, all joking aside, sunscreen is important if you want skin that looks and feels healthy and young longer. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays can help keep your skin healthier and protect it from burning. UVA rays are the rays that cause wrinkles, dark spots, sagging, and skin cancer. By wearing sunscreen daily, even during the colder months, you will protect your skin from harmful rays and help keep it looking better as you age.

Daily Exfoliation

An article from Nola, mentions that exfoliating daily can help your skin look and feel better as well. When you exfoliate your skin, you promotes cell turnover, sloughs off dead skin, unclogs pores, removes makeup from pores, and helps make your skin more light reflective. These can all help your skin have a healthier appearance. Exfoliating daily can also help your anti-aging creams absorb into the skin better, which is another huge benefit. By exfoliating on a regular basis, you are giving your skin a fresh and new look and helping your skin look and feel healthier.

Don’t Pick

We all know that picking at pimples is bad, but tempting, and we all likely do it from time to time. Picking at pimples doesn’t make them vanish from your skin faster, and it may injure and scar your skin. If you just don’t pick at your blemishes, they are likely to go away and heal better and faster. While it may be hard to do, try to avoid picking at your next pimple, you may be amazed at how quickly it leaves your skin, compared to when you pick.

If you have a medicated cream or acne prevention, be sure to use it before your breakout. If you are a woman, your breakout is likely due to hormones. Start using your creams a week before your period to help prevent acne and breakouts from even occurring, this will surely keep you from picking!

Drink Green Tea

If your skin is red and blotchy, drinking green tea can help. This tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe redness and improve rosacea symptoms. Drinking iced green tea is better, since hot drinks tend to cause redness. Green tea also contains epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which helps prevent collagen destruction that can cause wrinkles.

Destress

Stress is a terrible thing. Not only can it cause health problems, but it can also cause acne breakouts! Stress increases the products of cortisol, which makes your skin oilier and less likely to fight off acne-causing bacteria, hence the breakouts. While stress is something that is hard to avoid, taking a moment in your day to relax, meditate, and destress a bit could help prevent breakouts and keep your skin looking healthier.

Pay Attentions to Products

The products you use on a daily basis could be affecting your skin. In fact, the food you eat could be affecting your skin as well! Your face wash, moisturizer, shampoo, and even your toothpaste can have some type of impact on your skin. In an article from Real Simple, they talk about toothpaste and how a plain toothpaste may be the best choice. Toothpastes with tartar-control or flavors, like cinnamon, may contribute to perioral dermatitis. This is a skin condition that looks like redness, pimples, and scaling around the mouth. Sticking to a plain toothpaste can help you keep your skin looking better.

As for face wash, choosing a face wash that offers what you need can help. For dry skin, avoid soap cleansers. You can find a face wash that targets issues such as dryness, psoriasis, and eczema. This will help keep your skin looking better all the time and avoid flare ups, rather than treating flare ups.

Choosing water-based hair products can also improve the appearance of your skin. Other types of hair products can clog pores and cause acne. To avoid these breakouts which are generally found on the back, forehead, and around the hairline, use water-based products and avoid mineral oil, beeswax, and microcrystalline wax.

Sleep Well

Getting enough sleep and sleeping the right way can also help keep your skin looking flawless. While sleeping with your face adorably smashed against the pillow is comfortable, sleeping on your back is the best way to sleep to avoid wrinkles longer. While this may be an impossible challenge, it can help your skin look younger for a longer period of time.

Getting enough sleep is also important to keep your skin looking healthy. As you get your beauty sleep, your skin repairs itself. Not getting enough sleep can cause many different problems, including breakouts and other skin issues. By getting enough sleep, you are literally getting beauty sleep and helping your skin repair, allowing it to look healthy and beautiful in the morning!

There are many ways to improve the look of your skin, from drinking enough water to changing your diet and so much more! These are only a few changes you can make that can get you started on your path to healthy and beautiful skin. If you need additional help or a skin concern that you want an expert to look at, be sure to contact Azeal Dermatology Institute. We can help with any and all of your skin issues and help you feel comfortable and confident in your skin! Schedule an appointment for one of our skin treatments.