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Smoother Skin Tips

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Sun Protection

Most people take it for granted how important our skin is for good health.  Our skin is responsible for so many things, ranging from protection, thermoregulation (warming and cooling our body), the list goes on.  So take good care of what takes care of you!  One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is by protecting it from the sun. Constant sun exposure can cause your skin to form wrinkles and develop skin cancer. To gain the most reliable form of protection from the sun, be sure to use sunscreen, stay in the shade, and wear protective clothing.

Wearing Sunscreen

Using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from sun’s harmful rays. When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often if necessary.  Remember, no sunscreen is actually waterproof, it must always be reapplied!  Typically, it is also important to stay out of or minimize exposure to the sun’s rays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. During this time period, stay in the shade or a cooler area to protect your skin. Wearing the right clothing can also provide relief in protecting our skin from the sun. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats accordingly.  And, did you know that laundry products can give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection?   Or you can find special sun-protective clothing, which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

Avoiding Smoking

Avoiding smoking is also another option in helping with skin care. Smoking can make your skin look older and plays in key role in wrinkles. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases the blood flow. This results in a depletion of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, which are essential in having healthy skin. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking, such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke, can contribute to wrinkles. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

There is a new patch to help you quit smoking, it works 100% of the time, have you heard about it?  You put it right over your mouth – it works for dieting too ( :  On a serious note, if you are ready to quit smoking, call the specialists at ImageLift, many of our patients have quit smoking in preparation for their cosmetic treatments, and we can show you how.