Healthy Skin for Life
It used to be that being on the down side of 50 meant impending doom. In today’s society, 50 is no longer a dreaded milestone but now marks the beginning of a new chapter in one’s life. People look younger, are more active and live longer than ever before. It is more important than ever to maintain good mental and physical health in order to remain active and vibrant. Living a healthy lifestyle is key to successful aging. Eat a balanced diet, regularly exercise, get a good night’s sleep, drink lots of water, don’t smoke and drink alcohol in moderation.
Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. Almost everything you do in life leaves a lasting impression on your skin, and as we get older it can be harder to preserve your skin’s healthy glow. Dr. Campbell Waldrop, cosmetic and eyelid specialist at The MedSpa at EYE-Q, offers some simple tips on maintaining healthy skin that, if followed throughout your life, can dramatically delay or decrease the signs of aging.
We all know that prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause permanent damage including premature wrinkles, age spots and leathery looking skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun causes 90 percent of skin damage and is a major contributor to aging skin. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays can go a long way in reducing and possibly reversing the signs of aging.
Sun damage occurs slowly over time and not just during the summer months. Even in mild winter months or on overcast days, the sun’s rays do unseen damage. Sunscreen is the number one defender against sun-damaged skin. However, remember, sunscreen is not just for a day at the beach. A broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be worn on a daily basis. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and be sure to reapply liberally every two hours or immediately after swimming.
While critical, sunscreen is not the only way to protect your skin. If possible, avoid direct exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Covering exposed skin with long sleeves, pants or sun protective clothing with UPF designed to block the sun’s harmful rays can further defend against sun damage. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat can help cover exposed but forgotten areas like the neck, hands, feet, ears and even the scalp.
Wear sunglasses with UV lenses to protect the eyes. Wraparound sunglasses or glasses with large frames protect your eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes, common sites for skin cancer as well as sun-induced aging. When outside, try to find a shady spot. Avoid tanning, both indoors and outdoors, and under no circumstances should you burn. Even a single sunburn increases your risk of developing melanoma; five or more sunburns doubles your lifetime risk.
It is never too late to start a healthy skin care regimen. Protecting your skin year-round can prevent further damage and may even reverse some damage that’s already occurred. The MedSpa at EYE-Q can help. The MedSpa offers a full line of skin care and sun protection products to help you maintain healthier, younger looking skin for life. And now The MedSpa offers free cosmetic consultations and skincare analysis. The VISIA Skin and Complexion Analyzer is a diagnostic tool used to take multi-dimensional images of your skin. Problem areas are identified, and a customized treatment plan is developed based on your individual needs. The MedSpa’s goal is to develop a treatment plan for our patients that result in healthier, natural looking skin for as long as possible. Call for a free one-hour private cosmetic consultation.