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3 Tips for Beautiful, Healthy Skin at All Ages

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New Image Specialists is always happy to help you schedule a consultation with a local cosmetic specialist, and we certainly understand the amazing difference that a laser treatment or chemical peel can make. Just the same, though, a lot of a skin care has to do with a few simple every day things that everyone can control in-between professional visits.

1) Always wear Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen every morning is as elementary as always wearing a seatbelt in a car or a helmet when riding a bicycle. The sun is as dangerous as it is beautiful and even if your complexion is deeper and you're not prone to sunburn, the UV rays still have a profound effect on the skin and it's regenerative process. If you do forget your sunscreen one day and find yourself with a nasty burn, be sure to treat it properly. Aloe Vera gel is a simple way to offer soothing relief and help hydrate thirsty skin. If you've suffered severe sunburn and your peeling or even bleeding, call or visit your doctor immediately for a prescription cream.

2) Avoid Cigarette Smoke
If you really cherish your skin and want to keep it looking and feeling youthful, avoid smoking or being in smoke-filled areas. Cigarette smoke accelerates the normal aging process of the skin and this contributes to wrinkles. Smoking causes the narrowing of blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, impairing blood flow and depleting it of oxygen and nutrients. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, reducing elasticity of the skin. Smoking and spending time in places with a lot of cigarette smoke will cause skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

3) Treat Acne Properly
Almost everybody has some form of acne in their life. Properly treating acne or isolated pimples can prevent scarring and pock marks. Picking and popping of zits/pimples is never recommended. When treating acne, consult with a dermatologist or physician before beginning a treatment regiment. Over-treating mild acne with products too high in properties like salicylic acid can burn delicate skin. Don't be hasty in your acne treatment selection, as this can leave you with a product that is ineffective. Everyone’s skin operates differently and responds to some ingredients better than others. Begin by consulting with a dermatologist and be sure to follow the prescribed directions and doses.

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