Patients often ask me, as a practitioner in medical aesthetics, what methods I use to care for the skin. Everyone wants to know if there are any secrets or quick fixes. However, the truth is there are no secrets or magic methods. By following a few basic principles, I believe that everyone can maintain their skin in the best condition possible.
⦁ Regular lifestyle habits and sufficient sleep Lack of sleep can increase cortisol in the body, leading to collagen loss and decreased production of growth hormones, resulting in weakened skin. Individuals who experience long-term sleep deprivation may have yellowish skin, fine lines, and dark circles.
⦁ Balanced diet and intake of antioxidants Foods high in sugar can lead to protein and sugar binding in the body, resulting in advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which accelerate skin aging. Eating more vegetables and fruits can increase the absorption of vitamins C, E, and antioxidants, which reduces free radicals and slows down skin aging. Additionally, a sufficient intake of fatty acids is also crucial. Different types of fatty acids are necessary for the body and should be absorbed through diet. Without enough fatty acids, the skin may become dry, the stratum corneum may thicken, and inflammation may occur.
⦁ Avoid smoking and alcohol Smoking can worsen skin quality due to increased free radicals, causing damage to DNA and collagen loss. Alcohol has a diuretic effect, causing a rapid loss of skin moisture and dryness. Women who smoke and drink tend to have dry and dull skin, with more wrinkles and signs of aging.
⦁ Exercise Moderate exercise can improve blood circulation, deliver more oxygen to the skin, and eliminate toxins. Women who exercise regularly tend to have more radiant and healthy-looking skin.
⦁ Avoid UV radiation UV radiation damages DNA and accelerates skin aging. It also increases melanin production, leading to hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
⦁ Use suitable skincare products Many people like to try different types of skincare products, but not all products may be suitable for their skin. Some may cause adverse reactions, such as sensitivity and irritation. It’s important to pay attention to the ingredients and use appropriate skincare products.
⦁ Avoid excessive makeup and thoroughly remove makeup daily Makeup can clog pores, exacerbating acne problems. Some cosmetics may also contain preservatives or fragrances that burden the skin. Thick makeup can also impede skin metabolism, resulting in dull and lifeless skin. It’s crucial to thoroughly and cleanly remove makeup daily, or it can accumulate in the pores, leading to further blockage.
In conclusion, there are no shortcuts to skin care. However, by following these basic principles, you can maintain healthy and radiant skin.