Having unhealthy skin can negatively impact your appearance, self-confidence, and overall health. It’s important to develop good skin care habits that become routine or even second nature. No matter what your age or skin tone, come see Dr. Anne Gartner at 360 Medical Weight Specialists to receive expert advice on caring for your skin. To schedule a consultation, contact the office in Walnut Creek, California.
Why is it important to develop a skin care routine?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It helps regulate your temperature and protects you from outside microorganisms, so taking care of it provides many benefits. A good skin care routine can help:
- Prevent or treat a blotchy complexion
- Keep skin firm and youthful-looking longer
- Slow the effects of aging
- Avoid leathery skin
- Reduce skin cancer risk
At 360 Medical Weight Specialists, we can help you create a personalized, comprehensive skin care plan that works for you.
What should my skin care routine involve?
We’ll work with you to develop an individualized approach to skin care, based on a variety of factors like age, lifestyle, and skin tone. However, there are some very basic rules everyone should know:
Protect your skin from the sun: The foundation of every skin care plan is to minimize the harmful effects of UV rays on your skin. Sunlight causes premature aging, and overexposure can lead to skin cancer. Here are some tips:
- Try to avoid the sun, or seek shade, during peak hours (between 10am and 2pm.)
- Cover up whenever possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and long sleeves.
- Put on sunscreen, preferably SPF 30 or higher, before going out in the sun. Apply it to all skin that your clothing won’t cover, including your face, neck, and hands.
Apply moisturizer every day: To help prevent the early onset of fine lines and wrinkles, incorporate the daily application of moisturizer into your skin care routine. Moisturizer traps water in the skin, which gives it a more youthful-looking appearance.
Use toner: To help close pores after washing your face, use a gentle, soothing facial toner. Toner may even protect skin from chlorines and minerals in the tap water you use to wash your face.
Eat and drink healthy: Take care of your skin from the inside out by drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and eating foods that contain natural antioxidants. Dr. Gartner and her team can provide skin-specific nutrition advice at your next appointment.
How can I take care of skin around and under the eyes?
One easy way to help care for the delicate skin around and under the eyes is to wear sunglasses when you’re outside in the sun. This protection from ultraviolet rays helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Dr. Gartner may also recommend an eye cream with moisturizers and other ingredients to fight signs of aging under and around the eyes.
Are there any anti-aging products I should be using?
In addition to sunscreen and moisturizers, the experts at 360 Medical Weight Specialists may suggest the use of other products as part of your anti-aging skin care routine. For age spots or other superficial areas of unwanted pigmentation, topical products containing hydroquinones can help lighten the skin. Retinoids also help fade areas of discoloration caused by sun exposure.
Many anti-aging products contain retinol, because it also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by slowing the breakdown of collagen and boosting skin’s elasticity and thickness. For your convenience, a kit containing cleanser, toner, and other skin products containing retinol and vitamin C can be purchased from the practice.