5 tips to keep your skin radiant

Taking care of your skin can also help improve your overall health. (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Phuphanich)

Taking care of your skin can also help improve your overall health. (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Phuphanich)

The average person's skin weighs around 7 to 10 pounds. "It's the largest organ in your body," says Dr. Angela Yen Moore, owner of highly rated Arlington Center for Dermatology in Arlington, Texas. "When skin looks healthy, that's generally because it is healthy."

To ensure your skin stays radiant, highly rated dermatologists recommend these tips:

  • Protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. "It's trite, but true," says dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger of Omaha, Neb. "I see problems from sun exposure on a daily basis, but it's avoidable." He suggests using a sunscreen with SPF 30 that contains either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for optimal protection.
  • Stop lighting up. "The most important thing you can do to protect your skin is to stop smoking," Moore says. "The tobacco smoke released into the air dries out your skin, damages many organs, and can cause premature aging and yellowing of the skin."
  • Rinse and moisturize. Dr. Vail Reese, of Union Square Dermatology in San Francisco, says you should wash your face twice a day and apply moisturizer afterward. "Moisturizers work best when applied to wet skin," he says. "Though it may feel like the cream is thinned by the water, it's actually locking in the water drops."
  • Keep well hydrated. Moore says drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day is ideal. "Water will help keep your skin moist and supple, and less likely to wrinkle," she says.
  • Work it out. It's no secret that exercise is good for your whole body, but Moore says it's also great for your skin. Some of the benefits are increased skin tone and maintained elasticity. "It also increases the blood flow to your skin and gives it a healthy glow." 


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The best time to apply moisturizer is directly after showering or bathing, Brimhall says. (Photo by Carol Burkett)
The best time to apply moisturizer is directly after showering or bathing, Brimhall says. (Photo by Carol Burkett)

What's the best way to care for your skin? A highly rated dermatologist provides the basics on how to clean, moisturize and protect your skin.


I am a firm believer in stem cell therapy and hope one day stem cells will be able to repair damaged skin cells with healthy one's. Any drugs or alcohol use ( including prescribed medications) can certainly rob your skin of vital nutrients and moisture. Sunlight is fine for skin, in fact, it is needed for healthy skin but, in very small moderation, (15- 30 minutes a day, is best.)

Glycolic acid is too harsh for my skin. I've done the Retin-A and chem-peel route and think it was not worth the effort and money. Now I use creams with Retinol - much gentler on the skin. I ran a test where I used it on only 1 side of my face for a month. When I could see an improvment I was hooked. I use ROC cause its afordable at COSTCO but there are others on the market. Also - sunscreen the backs of your hands - brown spots there are also aging. Driving puts my hands in the sun daily.

What glycolic acid do u recommend

Where or what brand of glycolic acid is best?

Also, get enough sleep: rest=repair for skin. And an exfoliant like a sugar scrub may help stimulate circulation.

Hat and sunglasses are great for Mama, but how about for those children!! Surely they need protection too.

Sandra, I agree. But, if you use a glycolic acid cleanser, please use a sunscreen when you go out. The glycopic cleanser makes your skin even more sensitive to sunlight.

Watch the moisturizer! It is not necessarily good for your face. I used one for years and suddenly broke out ina rash that needed a course of medication to clear up. My dermatologist told me to stop using moisturizer on my face. I did. I now use plain, clear aloe at the suggestion of another trusted doc and wish I had been doing this all along. I turned 54 today and my face looks better than ever! I wash with clear glycerine soap, use witch hazel as a toner (since high school), and now I use the aloe. That's it for the face. Inexpensive, easy and it works. (some people may react to aloe as my son does, so test first.)

Sonia is absolutely right about the importance of Vitamin D production. It took 1000's of years for SPF to be discovered and brought to store shelves. Just think how many millions of people have died needlessly from sunlight.

I'd add a few things to these recommendations - women should get summer straw sunhats as they'll protect your hair color AND reduce sun exposure which causes wrinkles. Also, use a glycolic acid cleanser to wash away dead skin cells & keep pores open.

Standard sunscreens block vitamin D production. Vitamin D is overall THE most important factor in PREVENTING cancer - including skin cancer. Yes too much sun and burning is bad but not nearly as bad as walking around with too low a vitamin D blood level. Vitamin D & Cancer - We cover 19 types of cancer. http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/cancer/an-introduction-to-cancer/?gclid=CL6oxLufgaoCFYio4AodR1qRyA Besides many commercial sunscreen ingedients are suspected carcinogens themselves. Read the label - know what each ingredient is before putting it on your skin. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/22/new-study-shows-many-sunscreens-are-accelerating-not-preventing-cancer.aspx

I think this article is very informative. Good reminder about skin damage. We all want to look younger, but we forget about the sun skreen.

I think this article is great. We all want to look younger but yet we forget that sun damage is makeing us look older and damaging our skin.

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