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Caring for your skin is essential for your overall health. As your body’s largest organ, your skin is continuously shedding and changing. That means every day is a new opportunity to improve your skin’s health.

Figuring out what you should and shouldn’t do for your skin can be challenging, especially when transitioning from one season to another. We’re here with some practical tips for how to care for your skin and manage some of the most common skincare challenges.

5 practical skincare tips

Keep things simple with your skincare by following these five practical skincare tips.

Do wash your face

face wash

Don’t rely on water to keep your face clean. Instead, find a non-abrasive facial cleanser to use in the morning and at night. Do not scrub your face, but rather gently massage the cleanser into your skin. Rinse it with lukewarm water, then apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to trap in moisture and keep your face from becoming dry.

Do moisturize

Keeping your skin moisturized is essential, especially if you have psoriasis, eczema, or another skin condition that is susceptible to flare-ups. This is especially important during the winter months when the air is dryer thanks to heated buildings and cold outdoor weather.

If you have a skin condition, talk to a doctor about prescription treatments. Some over-the-counter moisturizers may make your condition worse, especially those with fragrances.

Do eat well and drink water

Drink plenty of water

Drinking enough water every day is crucial for having healthy skin. When your body is dehydrated, your skin will dry out, leading to uncomfortable and often painful symptoms.

It’s also important to eat whole foods, including whole fruits and vegetables that can fight inflammation and reduce rosacea flare-ups.

Don’t believe acne myths

Many adults falsely believe that their acne problems are over once they have graduated from their teen years. The truth is that anyone can get acne at any point in their life. If you get acne, avoid the temptation to wash your face obsessively. Over cleansing your face can make your acne problem worse instead of better.

If you are dealing with acne, talk to a doctor about acne treatment. There are many prescription acne treatments available that can help you fight acne without scarring. A doctor can prescribe a treatment that will work with your skin type to avoid over-drying and prevent future outbreaks.

Don’t skip sunscreen in the winter

Don’t neglect wearing sunscreen in the winter months.

Just because you are spending more time indoors and away from the sun does not mean you can completely ignore everything you know about sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer, especially if you have a skin condition like rosacea that can be exacerbated by sun exposure.

Find a moisturizer with at least 15 SPF to protect your face whether you are inside near a window or walking outside during the winter months.

Talk to a Doctor about your skin health

Keep your skin healthy by talking to a doctor about all of your skin challenges and questions. At PrivateDoc, we can connect you with a doctor who can give you a thorough evaluation and make recommendations to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Get started today!

This piece was created in collaboration with PrivateDoc for which we received payment.

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