When it comes to serious skin science, we always yield to the expertise of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). We’ve collected a few of our favorite points about keeping your skin healthy and recommend the association’s website as a must-read for every skincare aficionado.
Sun-smart is Skin-smart:
Easy summer months make it all too easy to forget about skincare routines, but it’s one of the most important times to have one. A strong routine should always include a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 UV protection. In addition to lowering your risk of skin cancer, sunscreen also prevents premature signs of aging. According to the AAD, UV rays can accelerate aging, leading to wrinkles, age spots, and uneven skin tone. The AAD goes on to say that the use of sunscreen everyday is the most effective method of preventing wrinkles and sun damage.
Too Much of a Good Thing:
When using a new product for the first time, its generally a good idea to test it on your forearm before doing a full application (especially with sensitive skin). Many products that may be marked as “hypoallergenic” can still trigger reactions in individuals, so make sure it works on your own skin before starting a regimen. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, the AAD recommends you always use products as directed. When used in excess, the active ingredients in many products can clog pores and leave skin looking blotchy.
Don’t Undo Your Products’ Work:
Sometimes even the most basic elements of your routine can affect your skin, and it starts in your bathroom. According to the AAD, washing with warm (rather than hot) water and limiting bathing to less than 10 minutes can prevent showers from making dry skin worse. When using a cleanser, apply only enough to remove dirt and oils, avoid a thick lather. After bathing it is suggested that you apply a moisturizer right away.
Vitamin D in Your Diet:
Its a well known fact that you can get your daily intake of vitamin D from sun exposure, but it comes with many risks. Vitamin D is crucial to bone health, aiding in the absorption of minerals like calcium and phosphorus, but getting the vitamin through UV exposure just isn’t worth it. The AAD states that sun-based vitamin D intake comes with risks that outweigh any benefits, and encourage consumers to get their vitamin D through diet. Many foods and supplements enriched with vitamin D are on the market, and come with the added benefit of not damaging, or prematurely aging skin. If you are a person who considers bone health a priority, its important you don’t achieve it at the cost of your skin.