Anti-oxidants and sunscreen
“I recommend an anti-oxidant like Vitamin C, which boosts the skin’s defenses against damage”, says Maral Skelsey, MDClinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University.
“Also topical retinoids can help reverse some of the signs of aging and help build up collagen to smooth the skin surface.
Topical retinoids are creams, lotions, and gels containing one or other of the group of medicines derived from Vitamin A. You might find them in the store in products that are labeled with ‘Retinol’.
“And of course: sunscreen! Even in the winter. I recommend that patients find a sunscreen that suits their skin type and different parts of the body. Find one that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic. Unless you have oily skin, most people don’t need astringents or toners.”
When it comes to sunscreen products, there are a lot of different options available. If you have very sensitive skin, or if your skin is prone to acne or allergies – try one that is free of any chemicals and fragrances. That might help you in wearing sunscreen without any issues. There are also sunscreens specifically for the lips, as they need an extra layer of protection to stay hydrated.
“I recommend a gentle cleanser and a great soft moisturizer”, adds Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Other dermatologists note that simply water can also be used as a cleanser. As water is very clean and will not be harmful to the oily protection layer of the skin. Find out what works best for you.
“Also a good sunscreen with SPF 30+ and broad-spectrum protection. And something that is forgotten often: sun-protective clothing. That will keep the skin safe from UV exposure.”
Keep it simple and natural
As you can see, dermatologists like to keep it simple. No 10-part skincare routines, but simple cleansing and protecting, and supplying enough vitamins and antioxidants to give the skin a healthy boost.
Especially protecting the skin from damage is essential; because you don’t have to fix something that is not broken.
Self-checks for skin cancer signs
With skin cancer now being the most common cancer, it’s wise to be on the lookout for possible symptoms. The problem with skin cancer is that you will not feel sick for a very long time. So if you have any (or more) spots or moles on your body that look different from the rest, unnatural even, than please self-check for a risk indication.
You can use the SkinVision app to get a free risk indication. Download it here.