Follow these easy steps to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

• Bathe in warm — not hot — water using mild cleansers that don’t irritate. Wash gently. Don’t scrub.

• Keep skin from drying out by drinking plenty of water and using gentle moisturizers, lotions or creams.

• Practice sun safety to prevent skin cancer, whatever your skin color or ethnicity. Limit exposure to the midday sun. Wear protective clothing, such as widebrimmed hats and long sleeves. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and with both UVA and UVB protection. Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths.

• Check your skin for sun damage. Tell your doctor about changes on the skin, such as a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal or a change in an old growth. Ask your doctor how often you should have a clinical skin exam.

Source: Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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