South County Dermatology

Posts for: December, 2017

December 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Dryness   Itchiness  

Aging Skin CareYour skin changes as you age, and so should your skin care routine. The normal changes of aging are inevitable, but with skin rejuvenation products, facial treatments that don’t involve surgery and hair care products, there are plenty of options for enhancing your natural beauty as you age.  

Time in the sun, smoking, diet and heredity all have effects that become evident on your skin as you mature. Stress, gravity and obesity can also affect the way that your skin looks. As you age, your skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to, so it gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness.  
A few simple steps are all you need to care for your skin, as you get older. The following natural beauty steps can get you started:
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Just say no to sunbathing and tanning salons.
  • Wear sunscreen religiously.
  • Check your skin for skin cancer.
  • Soothe dry skin.
  • Eat right and hydrate.
  • Try anti-aging products.
  • Know about skin treatments available your dermatologist.

Dry Skin

Because dryness and itchiness are common characteristics of mature skin, you will need to moisturize regularly. Certain soaps can further dry out your skin, so avoid scented, deodorant and antibacterial soaps—opt for a moisturizing body wash or soap-free cleanser instead. After showering or bathing, use a towel to pat your skin dry, but leave it a little damp. Next, apply a moisturizer within three minutes to help lock in moisture. If you skin is especially dry, try using a humidifier in your home to put moisture back into the air or talk to your dermatologist for further treatment options. 
For more information on how to fight the signs of aging, visit your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment options. 

December 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles   Healthy Skin  

Nutrition for Healthy SkinWith a few simple diet tweaks, you can help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness and thinning skin.  When people say, “you are what you eat,” it is especially true when it comes to your skin.  In the same way that certain foods can ruin your figure, some foods will also ruin your skin—and, conversely, adopting a healthy skin diet can make all the difference in the world.  What you feed your body dictates whether you have healthy skin or problem skin, so it is time to watch what you eat.  Being food-conscious is officially not just important for helping you fit into your jeans.  Your dermatologist can help you care for your skin by offering an effective diet plan. 

Your Diet and Your Skin

Here are some of the best foods you can incorporate into your diet to improve your complexion:
Low-Fat Dairy products – one of the most important components of a healthy skin diet is vitamin A, which can be found in low-fat dairy products.  
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums – these foods contain high antioxidant content, which provide an array of benefits for healthy skin. 
Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed – these seemingly unrelated foods each deliver essential fatty acids, which are key elements in a healthy diet. 
Healthy oils – these contain more than essential fatty acids, which helps to keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.  
Water – while the amount needed every day varies, it continues to remain undisputed that it plays a significant role in good hydration, which is essential for your healthy skin diet. 
Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good overall health.  Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general.  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and visit your dermatologist for further diagnosis and advice on maintaining healthy, glowing skin.