SALEM – November is Healthy Skin Month and a time to highlight the importance of good skin care.
“As the largest organ in the body, your skin serves as a protective barrier against the environment and is essential to maintaining your overall health,” said Linda Camp, MD, FACS, board-certified plastic surgeon affiliated with SRMC Plastic Surgery and medical staff at Salem Regional Medical Center. “Taking care of your skin can help keep it in good condition and prevent issues such as dryness, dullness, redness, irritation and wrinkles to reduce the signs of aging.”
According to Camp, a person’s daily habits, skin care routine, environment and diet can all impact the health and appearance of the skin. She offers the following tips to help keep skin looking its best and looking its best:
— Wash your face daily: use a mild cleanser that does not irritate the skin to remove dirt and impurities from the surface of the skin. Avoid washing in hot water, as this can strip your skin of natural oils.
— Hydrate: choose moisturizers that are suitable for your skin type, such as oily, dry or sensitive skin. Apply moisturizers to slightly damp skin to maximize hydration.
— Use sunscreen: Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can prematurely age skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. skin.
— Manage stress: Stress can increase levels of hormones in the body that trigger breakouts and other skin problems. Take steps to manage stress, such as exercising regularly or practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, or meditation.
— Get enough sleep: Good sleep helps the body, including the skin, to refresh and recharge. Most adults should aim for between seven and nine hours of sleep per night.
— Eat a balanced diet: eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and limit sugars and processed or refined foods, which can increase inflammation, irritation and rashes. Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
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SRMC Plastic Surgery is located at 2094 E. State St., Suite G, Salem, www.srmcplasticsurgery.com.