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  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate 

The most important thing you can use for clearer, brighter skin doesn’t actually go on your skin at all - it’s water! Drink the recommended amount of 8 glasses of water each day, even more if you plan to work up a sweat. 

  1. Wear Sunscreen 365 Days A Year 

Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean harmful UV rays aren’t penetrating your skin. The simplest and most effective way to protect your skin from premature aging and sun spots is to apply a broadband spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Yes, you need it even in the winter and during cloudy days! This is especially important for fair-skinned people, because they are at a much higher risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. 

  1. Exfoliate Your Entire Body

We tend to focus so much on our face during our skincare routines that we forget to show the same love to the rest of our body. The next time you exfoliate, be sure to pay attention to your neck, arms and legs, especially before you shave. Exfoliation can dramatically change the texture of your skin by removing dead skin cell build-up, and help your shaving go much smoother. 

  1. Hyaluronic Acid Is Your Friend

The hype surrounding hyaluronic acid (aka hyaluronan) is totally justified. This clear fluid isn’t just a beauty product, it is actually a substance produced naturally inside our bodies to keep our tissues well lubricated. That explains why it’s so effective at retaining moisture. Incorporate a hyaluronic acid moisturizer into your daily regimen to help fight dry skin and signs of aging. 

  1. Keep Your Distance From Artificial Heat

We all know to avoid tanning and direct sunlight, but direct exposure to artificial sources of heat wreak havoc on our skin, too. It may sound surprising, but heaters and fireplaces can actually cause inflammation and break down the collagen inside our skin. Dermatologists recommend staying at least ten feet away from heat sources to keep your skin safe.  

  1. Use The Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type

Is your skin, normal, dry, oily, or a combination? If you haven’t already, figure out what skin type you have so you can buy products according to what your skin needs, and what you should avoid. If you are oily skinned and pimple-prone, opt for a salicylic gel wash to help combat breakouts. For dry or mature skin, use a milky, moisturizing cleanser so as not to dry out your skin even further. If you have brown spots that you’d like to fade, find a cleanser that contains alpha hydroxy acid. 

Want to learn more about how you can pamper your skin? Dr. James Cardi and registered nurse aesthetician Linda Golini are highly experienced in performing a wide variety of medical aesthetic treatments, from microdermabrasion to chemical peels. Dr. Cardi can help you decide which skincare treatments will work best for you based on your skin type and aesthetic goals. In order to get the fastest response to scheduling and clinical questions, please call our office. You can also request an appointment online!