- Use a daily moisturizer with a SPF 30 or higher.
Daily application of a lotion with SPF 30 or higher, especially to the face, neck and hands will help prevent premature skin aging from UV light. The old adage “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure” holds true when it comes to avoiding sun-damage to skin.
- Pay attention to your skin.
Monthly skin self-exams help detect skin cancer early on, while it's highly treatable. If you notice a spot or mole that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see your physician. View / download our Self-Screening Skin Card for pictures and descriptions of what to looking for. Or, download our UMSkinCheck on iTunes a mobile app.
- Wash up with care.
Wash using warm water when bathing—hot water dries out your skin. Don’t scrub your skin! Use your hands to gently wash with mild cleansers that won’t irritate your skin. When drying off, pat your skin gently with a towel (don’t rub).
- Avoid dry skin.
Apply lotion or cream while your skin is still damp from bathing to lock in moisture and get the best results. Use skin care products that suit your skin type: dry, normal, oily, combination, or sensitive. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
- Reduce stress.
Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Stress can harm your skin and cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
- Don't smoke.
Research shows that smoking speeds up skin aging, slows down wound healing, and can worsen certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis. If you’re planning to quit, find support, make a plan and take advantage of free smoking cessation resources and information. See your physician.
- If you like looking tanned, use a self-tanner.
Tanning from UV light causes premature skin aging and can increase your risk for getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without these risks. Avoid intense sun exposure especially during the middle of the day. Use sunscreen and wear sun-protective clothing when you are going to be outdoors.
(Adapted from the American Academy of Dermatology: “10 skin care secrets for healthier-looking skin” https://www.aad.org/skin-care-secrets/healthier-looking-skin; and from the National Institutes of Health: “Keep your skin healthy” https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2015/11/keep-your-skin-healthy.)