Dr. Bryan Chen of San Diego’s Insight Dermatology said that a proper diet of antioxidants is important as well.
“Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are examples of fruits with a rich supply of antioxidants,” Chen said. “Other sources many people are not aware of include green tea and coffee. This is an easy lifestyle change to take up. Foods rich in antioxidants are available at most stores and they will make a difference.”
Skin products also contribute to good skin health. Chen said cleansers and moisturizers are necessary for healthy skin.
“Generally speaking, unless an individual has a very oily complexion, over time bar soap can strip the skin of the natural oils, which contributes to the aging process,” he said. “I would suggest cleansers (rather than) soap. The cleansers will not provide you with the same squeaky clean effect as soap, but it will not strip your face of those natural oils it needs.” Moisturizers play a role, too. Chen said that even individuals with oily skin experience dry and flaky skin from time to time. When moisturizers are needed, he suggested those without fragrances.
“A lot of people are sensitive to the fragrances,” he said. “I tell people to play around with different products. Sample many before you make a long-term commitment to any one. Different ingredients can cause different reactions in different people.”
Of course, the effects of diet, exercise and skin care products will all be the nullified if you ignore the greatest danger to your skin — the sun. Despite the knowledge that prolonged sun exposure can cause deadly cancer, people continue to lather themselves up with oils that promote so-called “healthy tans.”
“The UV rays of the sun cause cellular damage to different levels of the skin,” Snyder said. “As the damage mounts with time and exposure, our immune system gets weaker and eventually skin cancer breaks through.”
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, 42 percent of people polled report getting sunburned at least once a year, and a person’s risk for melanoma — the most serious form of skin cancer — doubles if you have had five or more sunburns in your entire life. Sun exposure also contributes to the aging process, experts said.
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