1. Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors. Sunscreen is the
closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin
aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers
broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance.
2. Don't smoke. Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke,
your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking
worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.
3. Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned. Anytime you tan indoors or
outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting
skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To
keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a
4. Use skin care products that match your skin's needs. What's your skin
type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin
condition? Using products formulated for your skin's needs will help your skin
look and feel its best.
5. Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean. If you've been sweating heavily or
have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don't!
Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including
6. Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating. Washing
when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while
sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog,
smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.
7. Gently wash your face. Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently
cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser,
gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by
completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a
8. Stress less. Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too.
Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often
appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also
cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis,