Sometimes it’s best to get back to basics. So we checked in with the pros at the American Academy of Dermatology for the latest tips for ensuring healthy skin and nails. These are their top tips for keeping yours in check:
• Don’t trust the bottle. Skin-care products aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and, chances are, you don’t have a chemistry degree. Before you drop a lot of money on a new product and risk a possible reaction, check with your dermatologist about it-or as for a recommendation for skin-care products geared for your unique concerns.
• Wear sunscreen with antioxidants. These have extra sun-blocking powers. And, by the way, wear it every day.
• Check your skin regularly. Look for unusual-looking spots or areas that are bleeding or don’t seem to want to heal, and tell your physician about them. While you’re at it, check your family members’ skin, too.
• Chill out. Stress doesn’t just raise your blood pressure, it can also cause brittle nails, hair loss and hives and worsen skin conditions like psoriasis or rosacea.
• Ask about at-home products. Before you try to give yourself an at-home chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment, ask a professional about the active ingredients and how to do it so you don’t cause yourself undo irritation.
• Talk to your dermatologist about in-office procedures like laser resurfacing, injectables and fillers and professional peels and microdermabrasion. Because the chemicals are only available to be administered by a professional, you’ll get longer-lasting results than anything you can buy over the counter.
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