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Skin care fundamentals: exfoliate, nourish, protect

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects, regulates temperature, and senses touch. It also takes a beating on a daily basis. The sun, weather, and free radicals threaten the skin’s health every day. It is important to help your skin stay healthy for glowing, younger-looking skin.


Skin cells are shed all day, every day. The dead cells do not always fall off and can build up, preventing new growth and dulling the skin. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new cells. It detoxes the skin and improves circulation.

Try using a dry, soft-bristle brush for a simple and effective method. Before bathing, start at the feet and rub the brush on the skin in small circular motions. Work towards the heart, and then exfoliate the extremities.


Skin health begins from the inside out. Healthy food put in the body will produce healthy skin on the outside.

Nourish the skin by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Make a point to consume foods that contain antioxidants, which protects the skin from damage by free radicals and the sun.

Examples include

  • apples,
  • leafy green vegetables, and
  • berries.

The essential nutrient omega-3 fatty acid keeps the skin moisturized and decreases inflammation and can be found in:

  • fatty fish,
  • avocados, and
  • olive oil.


Sun damage is a major cause of pre-mature aging and skin cancer. It also causes dry, irritated, and red skin. Protect the skin by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 protection. Apply the sunscreen on a daily basis, whenever going out, even if it is not sunny. The harmful rays can penetrate the clouds and still cause damage.

The basics of skin care are not complicated and take only a few minutes. Healthy skin will resist the signs of aging and stay young, firm, and toned.

Need help with your skincare routine? The professionals at Ahwatukee Skin & Laser are here to help.  Schedule your consultation today! Call us at 480-582-1121.