Unhealthy Skin Habits (and How to Repair Your Skin)

September 20 2017

You moisturize, wear sunscreen and even exfoliate — so why isn’t your skin clear and beautiful? The reason may lie in some of your everyday habits, which may seem innocent enough but can actually take away from the health and beauty of your skin. In this blog post, the team at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists reveal common skin care habits that may be harming your skin.

Skipping Sleep

Getting an adequate amount of sleep (between seven to eight hours a night) replenishes the skin. Anything less than that can make fine lines, wrinkles and under-eye bags more obvious.

Being Lax on Sunscreen

Lathering sunscreen when you hit the beach or pool isn’t enough to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is an important defense against the harmful UV rays, no matter what the weather is like. It is estimated that 80 percent of the sun’s rays penetrate through clouds, making sun protection important year round. Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every time you step out the door, and reapply every two hours.

Overindulging in Coffee and Lattes

Skipping your morning latte is a small price to pay for soft, smooth skin. Coffee dehydrates the skin and can also result in unsightly breakouts. Limit your coffee intake and drink plenty of water.

Taking Hot Showers

Showering with hot water, especially during summer, can dry out and damage your skin (and hair). Your skin needs to cool off, especially after spending time outdoors. Make it a habit to shower with cool or lukewarm water immediately after spending time out in the sun.

How to Repair Your Skin

If the summer heat or years of sun damage have left an unsightly mark on your skin, Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists is here to help. We offer an array of skin treatments designed to address sun damage and signs of aging. Laser skin resurfacing is effective for acne scarring and wrinkles and fine lines, while glycolic and chemical peels are exfoliative treatments that slough away dead skin to make way for healthier, younger-looking skin. We also carry several skin care product lines with medical-grade ingredients designed to nourish and repair the skin. Our team can recommend the right set of products for you, based on your skin type, needs and goals.

To learn more about the skin care products and treatments we offer, schedule a consultation with Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Specialists. Contact us today by calling (404) 255-2975 today.

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