Good skin care includes not smoking, protecting the skin from the sun, cleaning it gently, eating a healthy diet and managing stress. These methods can help delay the aging process and prevent skin problems.
Smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and needed nutrients by narrowing the tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin and decreasing blood flow to the area. Smoke also damages collagen and elastin, which give skin its natural elasticity. The loss of these fibers contributes to wrinkles.
The skin also needs to be protected from the sun's dangerous rays, which can contribute to skin cancer, wrinkling and other skin problems. Wearing long sleeve clothing, avoiding the sun between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., and using sunscreen help protect the skin from sun damage.
Using gentle cleansers rather than harsh soaps and moisturizing the skin daily contribute to healthy skin. Lubricating the skin before shaving and avoiding long showers or baths help the skin retain its natural moisture. A healthy diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed carbohydrates also helps keep the skin healthy and looking good. Stress may be a factor in acne breakouts and other skin problems, so reducing stress may promote skin health.