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By Coastal Dermatology
September 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin care   Swim  

Woman at the pool in summerGive your skin the TLC it needs while still enjoying your pool days.

If the swimming pool is a second home to you, then you may definitely label yourself a swimmer. Swimming is a wonderful and refreshing workout that can help us lose weight, maximize muscle and strengthen our core; however, whether you choose to swim in a chlorinated pool or natural water, all that time in the water can certainly take its toll on your skin. It’s important to know just how to care for your skin the next time you jump into the pool for your refreshing workout.

Shower Right Away

This is the most important rule you can follow after you take a dip in the pool. You need to wash the irritants of the pool or water from your body using warm water and soap. Chlorine found in the majority of pools sticks to your skin and can cause rashes and other skin problems. To minimize irritation, you will want to jump into a shower right away.

The same goes for those who swim in the ocean or lake. Saltwater, algae and bacteria from natural bodies of water can cause redness, rashes, and other irritation.

Wash Your Bathing Suit

Besides just washing your body, you’ll also want to wash your bathing suit with soap to remove any possible contaminants from the pool or seawater. Don’t wear the same bathing suit twice unless the suit has been thoroughly washed and is completely dry.

Apply a Moisturizer

The chlorine in pools is meant to kill bacteria to prevent infection; however, these pool chemicals can also dry out your skin. To combat this, we highly recommend using a thick, cream­based moisturizer after your shower to keep dryness away. Most swimmers can get away with using an over­the­counter moisturizer from their local drugstore; however, talk to your dermatologist if you need a stronger moisturizer to take on your pool dryness.

Hydrate Yourself

Sure you just spend a lot of time in the water, but how much water are you actually consuming each day? Working out alone takes water out of our bodies, so it’s important to replenish as much as possible. Furthermore, drinking water is a great purifier for our skin and it keeps our skin moist. Drinking more water will also help flush out pool toxins and keep you hydrated.

To learn more about how to take care of your skin, call your dermatologist today!

By Coastal Dermatology
June 18, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin care  

Your habits and daily routine could be impacting the health of your care

We all want healthy, radiant skin, and I think we can agree that most people also want to be able to prevent lines and wrinkles for as long as possible. Of course, this also means giving your skin the proper care it needs to look and feel its best. We know that skin care dos and don’ts can often feel daunting. Our Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Sanjiva Goyal, is here to provide some helpful and easy tips for maintaining healthy skin.

Sun Protection is Vital

Sun damage can happen to anyone, regardless of age. In fact, childhood sunburns can lead to long-term skin problems in the future and increase the likelihood of skin cancer. This is why everyone needs to lather on the sunscreen about 20 minutes before heading outside. Make sure you are using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (that protect against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30. Also, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after being in the water.

Avoid Smoking

We all know just how bad smoking can be for your health, but did you know that your skin can also experience some pretty nasty effects from smoking? Unfortunately, smoking leads to premature lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth. Furthermore, since smoking constricts the blood vessels it means that less blood is flowing to your skin, which also means that tissues aren’t getting the proper nutrients they need. As if this wasn’t reason enough to quit, smoking also hurts both collagen and elastin, which are responsible for keeping your skin smooth, tight, and firm.

Be Gentle on Your Skin

You don’t need to scrub and scrub your skin to get it clean. Using a gentle cleanser and carefully washing your face twice a day is all you need to do to remove bacteria and dead skin from the surface of the skin. Other ways you can be kind to your skin include avoiding certain products with harsh chemicals and soaps, opting for warm instead of hot showers, and moisturizing your skin daily.

Your Dermatologist Can Help

Your skin care regimen really depends on the type of skin you have and whether you are prone to certain problems such as eczema, dermatitis, or acne. If you aren’t sure what products are safe to use on your skin this is where our Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville skin doctor can help. We can provide a variety of tips, recommendations and even treatments to handle a plethora of skin care issues. Let us help you feel confident in your skin.

We believe that it’s important to have a dermatologist that you can trust whenever you are dealing with issues that you can’t seem to get under control. Coastal Dermatology & Medspa offers two convenient locations in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, to serve you better. Call us today!