Our skin changes with each passing day. That is why taking good care of it every day is so important. It helps to hold off the signs of aging, allowing you to maintain the soft toned skin you enjoyed in your youth. Taking good care of your skin beginning at an early age is ideal, but if you are a late starter, you can still have beautiful skin.

One of the first steps toward healthy, beautiful skin is proper cleansing. It is important to cleanse with a quality cleanser made for your skin type, morning and night, not only to keep your pores clear of dirt and oil, but to allow your skin to breathe and decrease the occurrence of unsightly blemishes.

Another important step toward healthy skin is keeping it hydrated. The use of a quality facial moisturizer twice a day after each cleansing cannot be stressed enough. At age 30, you may want to consider substituting an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle night cream to fend off deep wrinkles and creases, especially if you are genetically disposed to them.

Whatever your age, it’s also a good idea to apply body lotion daily to your body’s largest organ, your skin!

If your skin suffers from what appears to be a rough rash of tiny red pimple-like bumps, you are not alone. Nearly half of us suffer from the condition at some point in our lives. While for many of us it is a stage, for others it is not. That rough rash becomes a chronic condition that tends to flare up or subside unexpectedly but never goes away completely. Many think that it is a condition that they just have to suffer with, but there is actually a medical term for it and many remedies to relieve its symptoms.

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes patches of rough red bumps on the skin that has a sandpaper-like appearance. KP, as it is commonly called, is often found on the back of the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. It is a condition that occurs in the hair follicles due to excess keratin protein that plugs up pores and causes irritation, bumps, and redness. Because the bumps usually have white pimple-like formations, KP is often misdiagnosed as acne. During the time that the condition exists, it can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Some people find relief from KP by being kind to their skin, especially the affected areas. They treat their skin gently so as to not aggravate the condition.

Living a healthy lifestyle is another great way to prevent premature aging. Maintaining a balanced diet will promote healthy skin throughout your life. Exercising is also an important element in protecting your skin: it works as a stress reliever and energizer. Additional means to beautiful looking skin include avoiding cigarette smoke, keeping your body hydrated by drinking enough water, and limiting sun exposure without sunscreen and sunglasses. Sun protection is vital to the health of our skin! Whether you’re 5 or 50, you need to protect your skin in order to prevent damage that can be difficult to undo and help preventing skin cancer.

If you think that your skin may be suffering from keratosis pilaris, sun damage, or any other skin condition, make an appointment  with a healthcare professional to discuss the variety of treatment options that are available to you.