General recommendations for skin health
Undoubtedly devoting time to taking care of skin and using proper creams can help maintain skin health and vitality. However, for those who do not have the time and resources for this type of care or who do not believe in using special skin creams, there are some useful general recommendations that can slow down the natural process of skin aging and slow down problems in different skin types. Here are some of these recommendations.
Protect your skin from sunlight: Perhaps the most important factor for skin aging is the UV light in the sun. This radiation can damage the collagen layer of the skin, causing wrinkles, brown skin spots and, of course, skin cancer. For this purpose, sunscreen lotion with SPF of at least 15 or more should protect areas of the skin such as the face, neck and hands that are usually exposed to sunlight. The protective power of the sunscreen usually decreases after three to four hours. So if you use sunscreen early in the morning and leave the house, for example, if you are exposed to sunlight at noon, you will need to apply sunscreen again. Note that the strongest time of daylight is between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon. Hence, the renewal of the sunshine at noon is twice more important. During these hours, it is recommended to avoid hiking especially with short sleeves and shorts and wear hats and clothing with appropriate coverage if needed. Ultraviolet radiation also emits from the monitor screen, especially if they do not meet the required standards. So it’s best to make sure that your monitor emits the lowest amount of radiation, otherwise use separate protectors that are mounted against the screen.
Do not smoke: Smoking causes the skin to age, lose its vitality and increase wrinkles. Smoking causes narrowing of the tiny nourishment vessels and reduces blood supply to the skin. As a result, less oxygen and nutrients are supplied to nourish and regenerate the skin. Smoking, on the other hand, destroys the collagen and elastin proteins of the skin, which maintain the elasticity of the skin like a scaffold. Damage to this layer of skin causes increased in wrinkles. In addition to all this, smoking can also increase the risk of skin and lip cancer.
Treat your skin gently: Do not use very hot water for daily skin cleansing. Long bathing, using very hot water, and using very strong soaps and detergents will remove the skin’s natural oil therefore leaving the skin dry. Use warm water and mild detergents to wash the skin. If your skin is dry, use a good moisturizer. Use a sunscreen moisturizer for the morning before leaving the house. Do not excessively dry your face and body after washing and bathing. Allow some moisture to remain on the skin. Towels are more suitable for drying the skin than napkins. Elderly people should not have to scrub their body everyday if they need to bathe daily, as their skin fat is much younger than it is when they dry out and sometimes cause eczema. Elderly people with dry skin can only wash areas with sweat to remove the smell and wash the rest of the body with water only. Men should preferably use special gels before shaving and shave the hair in the direction of their growth (not in the opposite direction).
Healthy Eating: Diets rich in vegetables, fruits and useful oils (such as olive oil and omega-3 fatty acids) contain vitamins and antioxidants that can counteract the effects of harmful chemicals called free radicals and to make the natural aging process of skin slower. By following this diet and drinking more water you can have a healthier skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Get enough sleep, exercise, and control stress: Insomnia is one of the major causes of short term or long term skin damage. Enough sleep and exercise is the secret to the joy of some older people. Exercise increases the blood supply to the skin, sweating the skin and removing harmful substances and rejuvenating the skin. High stress causes free radicals, cell death and skin aging. Manage your stress in every way possible. Exercise can also help reduce stress.
Do not sleep and exercise with cosmetics: The skin needs to breathe at night and cosmetics block it. Use a gentle cleanser to remove makeup and then wash skin with lukewarm water. Also remove your makeup before exercising, as cosmetics prevent the skin from breathing naturally during exercise and the removal of harmful substances from the skin, and prone individuals may develop acne. Once a week, use a scrub in the bathroom.