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Skin Care

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Take Your Vitamins

 

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help protect your skin from free radical damage. The best way to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin E is by eating a balanced, nutritious diet. Help nourish your skin by taking in this vitamin everyday, sources include nuts, seeds, broccoli and spinach. If you think your diet may be lacking in vitamin E, talk with your doctor or your Rite Aid Pharmacist about whether a supplement may be right for you.

Pick Your Products

Choose a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer. Apply at least once daily, right after you wash. If you wear makeup, make sure your foundation meets your skin’s needs. If your skin is prone to acne, opt for an oil-free foundation that contains salicylic acid to help treat and prevent breakouts. If your skin tends to feel dry, choose a liquid- or cream-based foundation. For light coverage and a burst of moisture, skip foundation and opt for a complexion-perfecting, hydrating beauty balm.

Stay Hydrated

The most skin-hydrating product on the market? Still water. The average healthy adult woman should drink at least 9 cups (2.2 liters) of fluid each day. (These recommendations may not be appropriate for people with certain health conditions and fluid restrictions.)

Eat Smart

The fuel you put in your body can have a direct impact on your skin. Keep vitamin-rich nuts on hand for an easy grab-and-go, skin-friendly snack—and don’t forego fish. It’s naturally rich in vitamin D, which helps your body make new skin cells.

Be Sensitive to Your Skin’s Needs

If you have eczema, help prevent itchy flare-ups by using a moisturizer that’s free of dyes, fragrances, and perfumes. Pick creams or ointments, rather than lotions, and test them on a small area of skin during first use.

 

The Best Skin Care Treatments for Any Age

 

By starting out with healthy habits in your 20s and adding specific products that target your skin's evolving needs as you get older, you can keep your skin protected, nourished and hydrated, no matter your age.

 

Always talk with your Rite Aid Pharmacist or dermatologist if new skin care products irritate your skin or if you have questions about which products may best fit your skin's unique needs.

 

Cleanse, morning and night. Skip the soap and choose a mild cleanser that matches your skin type to keep your skin clean and fresh without stripping away its natural oils. For example, if you have sensitive skin, opt for a fragrance-free cleanser that contains claming ingredients such as aloe and chamomile. Hot water can dry your skin out, so wash with warm water and gently pat your face dry with a towel.

 

Treat your body like you've got long-term plans for it. Get plenty of sleep, eat your fruits and veggies, and don't smoke. If you're ready to learn more about how to quit smoking, talk to your Rite Aid Pharmacist about Rite Aid's personalized Quit For You program.

Add retinoid products. Dermatologists say it's never too early to start using products containing this powerful anti-aging form of vitamin A. Retinoid products can help stimulate new skin cell growth and, with regular use, they can improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Some retinoids are only available with a prescription, but a less-potent version, called retinol, is in firming creams and brightening makeup. Retinoids can occasionally cause skin irritation, such as dryness and redness. If retinoids are irritating your skin, try applying a moisturizer before you apply the retinoid.

Choose an antioxidant moisturizer. Your skin's natural oil production often starts slowing at this age, so moisturizing should take center stage as you move into your 40s. Using moisturizers that contain antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, may also help fight toxings that can damage your skin.

Add a daily exfoliant. Products that contain natural exfoliants, such as alpha hydroxy acids, can help you get rid of dead skin cells, which can help prevent wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.

 

Keep it up! Continue using moisturizers, sunscreen, and products containing retinoids and antioxidants daily.

Making Sense of Sun Screen

 

With so many sunscreens available, it's hard to know which one to choose. Check out this list of helpful tips for finding the best skin protection products for you and your family.

 

Choosing the right sun screen is as easy as 1, 2, 3

 

Choose an SPF of 15 or higher.

 

The higher the SPF, the more protection it offers from damaging UVB rays

Always look for
broad-spectrum coverage.

 

Make sure your sunscreen has effective protection against both UVA and UVB light

Select a sunscreen that's
water-resistant

 

You'll stay protected even while you swim or sweat. But remember to reapply after 40 minutes in the water or after towel-drying

 

Look for the Seal

 

To be sure you are choosing safe and effective sun protection products, look for The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.

 

"Daily Use" products are designed to protect you from incidental sun exposure over short periods of time, which can happen during activities such as shopping and short drives. Examples are daily moisturizers, cosmetics, foundations, eye creams, and lip products—all of which must have an SPF of 15 or higher

 

"Active" products require an SPF of at least 30 and must be water-resistant. They are intended to protect you from extended sun exposure during recreational activities, such as outdoor sports, picnics, and pool parties. Examples include higher SPF products, sport sunscreens, and baby products

 

 

 

Map Your Way to Healthy Skin

 

 

The best prevention is early detection. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions from The Skin Cancer Foundation
for a thorough self-exam.

 

You'll need: bright light, a full-length and hand mirror, two chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body map, and pencil.

 

But first, you may have to map the changes, and we've made it easy with The Skin Cancer Foundation printable Body Mapping Chart.

 

  1. Examine your face, especially your nose, lips, mouth, and ears — front and back. Use one or both mirrors for a clear view.
  2. Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Ask someone to help, if possible.
  3. Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers, and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both the front and back of your forearms.
  4. Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don't forget the underarms.
  5. Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the undersides.
  6. With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.
  7. Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
  8. Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes, and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels.