Paying your dermatologist a visit is a pricey way to catch up with him or her. It is also frustrating when you know could have prevented a trip to the doctor because you could have done something to keep your skin healthy in the first place. There are tons of ways that one can do at home with minimal effort to ensure a smooth and glowing skin for the long haul.
While there are lots and lots of beauty products that promise great results for your skin, going natural and preventive is still the way to go for some folks. Here is a list of simple to-do’s to achieve that healthy skin:
Take a bath!
Yes, get that soap now for heaven’s sake! Nothing beats a clean skin. Dirt and excess oil are some of the major reasons why our beloved skin gets infected. But even in a simple task as bathing, there are things to consider. A beauty soap or a germicidal soap? Organic or the usual market brand? It all depends on your skin’s needs. When you are curious about trying a certain brand, try reading reviews online first and asking people who are using it first-hand so you could examine the options carefully. This is especially important when you have sensitive skin.
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Wear clean clothes all the time
Whether you’re just chilling at the couch all day or hitting the gym, make sure to clothe yourself with the clean ones. Put those old pajamas to the laundry and get fresh ones. Let your skin breathe and be embraced by nothing but newly-washed clothes.
Change sheets on a regular basis
Believe it or not, even when you do not sleep naked, the cleanliness of your bed sheet and pillow cases matter to your skin. Bed bugs are mainly the culprit. This is why it is important to keep a schedule intact and stick to it. If you think you need to set an alarm in your phone to be reminded, then do so. Also, keep your feet clean before jumping into the bed at night to minimize potential dirt. It is important to note that clean sheets prevent pressure sores as well.
When one has a dry skin, it is important that he or she puts on moisturizer every day to prevent the skin from breaking. Broken skin is very much susceptible to infections and even serious diseases. There are a number of moisturizers in the market but make sure to choose the one that suits the level of dryness or oiliness of your skin. Even some people with oily skin are advised to put on moisturizers.
Sun-proof your skin
In other words, wear an ample amount of sunblock everyday even when it is not very sunny. If your work entails a 9 to 6 schedule facing the computer, you are also in need of a sunblock. Dermatologists say that even artificial bright lights are able to make your skin drier. Since facing the computer screen all day long is not something that you can shy away from due to the nature of your livelihood, then you better be the one to think of ways how to protect your skin – sunblock lotion is one awesome way.
Get a skin patch
If your infections or rashes are still very stubborn, then it is about time that you get tested and have a skin patch through your local hospital. This test will help your doctor determine which medication or advice he or she shall give you to end your skin problems once and for all.
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Donna Lee Dearjane is a geriatric nurse working with pressure sores, skin cancer and degradation.