It is important to keep your skin clean with simple washing up of exposed parts of the body a few times a day. However never over-do it and never scrub your skin. Skin is a delicate organ and needs gentle cleansing. Use soaps and cleansers which are mild and do not leave your skin feeling dry.
You can never over-do this. Do not count the number of times you apply a moisturizer, the idea is to keep your skin healthy and soft. There is only one rule in moisturizers : Do not use oil. Oils do not act the same way moisturizing creams do. Also all reputed brands of moisturizers are safe and there is no substantial difference between expensive and in-expensive moisturizing creams
Exposure to moderate sunlight has its health benefits, however prolonged exposure can cause substantial damage to the skin. Remember to always protect yourself adequately when going out in the sun. Always wear sunscreen when going out into the sun as it guards you from the harmful UV Rays of the sun.
SPF factor of a sunscreen is a number to look at, higher the better, however it is not the only factor. As long as the sunscreen is from a reputed company it should be safe to use
A good healthy diet is all that matters. Get adequate proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates from your food and of-course hydrate with water as needed. Things that do not matter are the myths about foods that produce ‘heat’ in the body. Non-Vegetarian and Sugary foods are not your skin’s enemy, however like all things in life consume all foods in moderation
Moderate exercise of your choice on a daily basis is proven to release ‘endorphins’ in your body and also it helps in increasing the blood circulation. These factors definitely affect the health of your skin and keep you looking young.
Stress is now medically proven to affect your health adversely. It is also an established fact that stress causes aggravation of skin ailments and also makes you look older !
Sleep is a big factor in overall health and also the health of your skin. In addition to getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep also try establishing consistency in the time you go to bed and wake up. Sleep increases collagen in your skin, the component that helps keep your skin looking younger.
Know when you need a doctor. Never ever ignore any skin ailment, a small thing today can blow out of proportion tomorrow.
Use your sensibilities and approach a dermatologist whenever in doubt