Protect yourself from the sun: One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer
•Don’t smoke: Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibres that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
•Treat your skin gently: Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
•Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
•Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers
•Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it
•Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin
•Moisturise dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturiser that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturiser that contains SPF.
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