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September 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin care   Swim  

Woman at the pool in summerGive your skin the TLC it needs while still enjoying your pool days.

If the swimming pool is a second home to you, then you may definitely label yourself a swimmer. Swimming is a wonderful and refreshing workout that can help us lose weight, maximize muscle and strengthen our core; however, whether you choose to swim in a chlorinated pool or natural water, all that time in the water can certainly take its toll on your skin. It’s important to know just how to care for your skin the next time you jump into the pool for your refreshing workout.

Shower Right Away

This is the most important rule you can follow after you take a dip in the pool. You need to wash the irritants of the pool or water from your body using warm water and soap. Chlorine found in the majority of pools sticks to your skin and can cause rashes and other skin problems. To minimize irritation, you will want to jump into a shower right away.

The same goes for those who swim in the ocean or lake. Saltwater, algae and bacteria from natural bodies of water can cause redness, rashes, and other irritation.

Wash Your Bathing Suit

Besides just washing your body, you’ll also want to wash your bathing suit with soap to remove any possible contaminants from the pool or seawater. Don’t wear the same bathing suit twice unless the suit has been thoroughly washed and is completely dry.

Apply a Moisturizer

The chlorine in pools is meant to kill bacteria to prevent infection; however, these pool chemicals can also dry out your skin. To combat this, we highly recommend using a thick, cream­based moisturizer after your shower to keep dryness away. Most swimmers can get away with using an over­the­counter moisturizer from their local drugstore; however, talk to your dermatologist if you need a stronger moisturizer to take on your pool dryness.

Hydrate Yourself

Sure you just spend a lot of time in the water, but how much water are you actually consuming each day? Working out alone takes water out of our bodies, so it’s important to replenish as much as possible. Furthermore, drinking water is a great purifier for our skin and it keeps our skin moist. Drinking more water will also help flush out pool toxins and keep you hydrated.

To learn more about how to take care of your skin, call your dermatologist today!

By Robert K. Dyer, MD Dermatology, LLC
November 24, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: skin care  

Skin CareIt's not exactly a secret: Radiant skin is the key to maintaining a healthy, young appearance. Still, it's easier said than done. Every day, our skin takes a beating through exposure to harmful environmental factors and scores of bacteria and abrasive materials, so basic skin care needs to be a daily priority if you want healthy, glowing skin.

Keep It Clean

Get into the habit of washing your face twice daily. It should be simple enough: Make it part of your morning routine and before-bed ritual, and don't let it fall through the cracks because you feel rushed before work or a little lazy around bedtime. This is especially important given Rhode Island's often-humid climate, as muggy air can leave you sweaty and prone to breakouts. Not only will a clean face refresh you at these key points in your day, it will help you achieve that bright, healthy look you long to see in the mirror.

Getting a proper amount of sleep keeps your skin youthful, but even on nights you get little rest, taking time to cleanse your skin will be wonderfully invigorating. If you wear makeup, be sure to remove it and let your skin breathe every day.

Protect Yourself

Sunscreen should also join your daily regimen. Most people go outside every day, even if it's just for a little while, and you're exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays even when it's overcast. Applying at least 15 SPF sunblock every day prevents sun damage, which manifests years later in deep wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, leathery texture and sagging skin. In other words, bright sunshine translates into the opposite of a glowing complexion. In case you haven't guessed yet, this means saying no to tanning beds.

Handle With Care

Don't be too rough with your skin—nature does a great job of abusing your exterior on its own. Pat yourself dry after a shower or face wash, because rubbing can cause excess irritation. Use gentle cleansers and consult a local dermatologist when considering the best ways to treat acne.

Remember that skin care goes beyond your face, and there's more to a beautiful exterior than surface treatment. Yes, you should clean your skin and apply moisturizer, but you should also avoid habits that accelerate the appearance of aging, like smoking, and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. It's easy to overlook, but you can't forget your skin reflects your internal health.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Use an exfoliant to gently remove dead skin from your face and body twice weekly. Familiarize yourself with the unique landscape of your skin, so if a discolored or asymmetrical mole appears, you'll quickly notice and consult a dermatologist. You should check your skin monthly for significant changes or abnormalities.

On top of these skin-care basics, make an annual visit to a dermatologist near you so your skin gets the best all-around care you can provide.