Aging of the skin is a natural process affected by genetic factors, diet, environment and lifestyle choices. However many of us want to ensure that our skin doesn’t feel (or show) the effects!

To help ensure your skin stays healthy for the rest of the summer and year-round, here are our top tips:

1 – Sleep, eat and drink (water!) Keep hydrated to help plump up your skin cells. Avoid smoking, excessive alcohol and excessive caffeine intake. Ensure you get enough sleep and try lying on your back to avoid creases in your face (and the breakdown of fat that occurs with constant pressure in one position). An antioxidant-rich diet can also be beneficial at the cellular level.

2 – Stay active. Regular exercise aids in circulation of blood and maintenance of healthy, glowing skin!

3 – Slap on the sunscreen. Liberal and frequent application of sunblock (SPF 30 or higher) can prevent harmful UV rays year-round (even on cloudy days). Avoid long periods outdoors during peak UV exposure times (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), or wear a hat and long sleeves.

4 – Say no to tanning beds. Self-tanning beds release harmful UV radiation and increase your risk of melanoma by 75 per cent – especially if you’re using them before the age of 35.

5 – Talk to your doctor. Numerous cosmeceuticals on the market have anti-aging benefits, such as those containing antioxidants like vitamin C. Your physician will be able to help you decide which ones are right for you!

Go ahead and have fun in the sun while it lasts, but be smart about it! If you have concerns about spots on your body, irregular moles, or other skin issues, be sure to get in touch with your healthcare practitioner.


Dr. Angela Nguan,

Family Physician at Copeman Healthcare


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