Your skin is the largest organ you have — it plays a vital role in protecting your body each and every day. So naturally, you should be doing the same by returning the favour and protecting it. Being regularly exposed to the sun, extreme temperatures, dry air, and pollution can place your skin under a significant amount of stress. That’s why it’s essential to form a few good habits to help safeguard it and maintain optimal skin health. Do these five things every day to protect your skin and keep it looking firm and healthy.

Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

Exposing your skin to the sun, especially for long periods of time, is one of the most damaging things that you can do to your skin. Soaking in the sun rays may be great for getting in your vitamin D, but being out in the sunshine for longer than a few minutes can increase your chances of developing skin cancer by 50%. The sun also increases the onset of wrinkles and sunspots.

Always Wear SPF 30 Or Higher

If you are going to be out in the sun, even for a short period of time, it is imperative to always wear sunscreen with at least factor 30 SPF. Many patients believe that without laying directly in the sun or by sticking to the shady side of the street that they’re not at risk. But the reality is that when you’re outside, even on a cloudy day, the UV rays are still present, which makes it a risk factor. So choose a sunscreen that’s suitable for your skin type, or you can find many moisturizers and foundations that contain SPF in them as well and make sure to wear it when heading outside.

Drink More Water

Since approximately 70% of our body mass is made up of water, hydration is crucial for maintaining good health and clearer, smoother, healthier looking skin. In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, keeping hydrated is one of the most effective ways to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin look its best.

Wash Your Face Everyday

With all of the exposure to pollution and dirt particles that are floating around in the air, you should be washing your face every day to clear away all that dirt and grime. Use a mild cleanser each morning and evening to wash any dirt and oil that’s lingering in your pores to keep your skin free from blemishes and breakouts.

Be Gentle With Your Skin

The skin on your face, neck and even your chest isn’t like the skin on the rest of your body. It’s much thinner and more delicate, so it should be treated with care. Try to be gentle with it when using your cleanser or applying moisturizer. Use a gentle circular motion when cleansing, and always dab — don’t rub.

At The Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a wide range of services to suit all of your skin related needs, including state of the art, non-invasive procedures to that can tackle sun damage, signs of ageing and enhance your overall appearance. Contact us today to learn more about our services that can benefit your skin.