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Did you know your skin will turn over from bottom to top hundreds of times in your lifetime? Your body’s largest organ is your skin, and even though it may not be obvious that anything’s happening it’s always there working for you. Growing new skin cells and shedding the old ones in a non-stop effort to protect you against the outside world.
It’s important for you to remember to take care of it now so that you’ll have healthy skin down the road.
#1: Take it easy
Did you know that stress can make your skin more sensitive, reactive, and inflamed? Not only can it ruin your complexion, but stress may also weaken your skin’s ability to fight off irritants, allergens, or microorganisms leading to sensitive skin or infections.
Whenever you’re feeling stressed out, take a few deep cleansing breaths. Get a massage, go for a walk or meditate. Whatever you can do to relax may make you feel better and improve the quality of your skin too.
#2: Block it out
Spending time outdoors in the sun has wonderful benefits for your mind and body. The sun is a major source of vitamin D. However, you need to block out the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Many sunscreens are actually far less effective than what’s advertised. That is because most people have been found to apply only a quarter to a half of the recommended amount.
If we’re not applying sunscreen evenly or thoroughly, or reapplying after swimming or sweating, we’re getting far less SPF than what the product contains.
As a basic rule, we should be applying about two tablespoons of sunscreen to all the exposed areas of the face and body. For the face alone, apply about a nickel-sized amount.
Blocking out the sun also means covering up with a hat. So buy a few hats. Especially ones with wide brims.
Furthermore, to protect yourself against damage from the sun’s rays, it is essential to avoid the sun between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
# 3: Give up smoking
Smoking can prematurely age your skin. Leading it to become saggy and baggy. Smoking damages the collagen fibers in your skin, which ordinarily make it firm and strong. The more you puff, the more your skin gets rough.
Smoking constricts blood vessels which prevent blood flow and oxygen from reaching skin cells, causing skin aging. The related skin damage can cause sagging skin in other parts of the body as well. Specifically, the upper arms and breasts.
#4: Fight free-radicals
Free radicals from the sun can quickly age the skin. Keep in mind that a healthy, well-balanced diet can help build the foundation for healthy skin. So take a multivitamin every day and load up on brightly colored fruits and vegetables. And don’t neglect to drink plenty of water, because severe dehydration can lead to poor skin elasticity.
#5: Cleanse and moisturize
Stick with a gentle fragrance-free soap or cleanser that won’t dry out your skin’s natural oils. Avoid long hot showers and use warm water instead. Limit your shower to no more than ten minutes a day.
Once complete, apply a lotion or cream while your skin is still moist. Moisturizers seal in moisture while keeping the uppermost layers of skin cells hydrated. Look for moisturizers with vitamin-C, vitamin-E, retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids, and antioxidants.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and the first line of defense between our bodies and the external world. It’s constantly working to protect us from pollution, viruses, bacteria, and harmful substances we face every day.
Many of the internal elements such as aging, genetics, and hormones are out of our control. However, there are some external factors that we can influence which can positively impact healthy skin. These include lifestyle habits such as diet, exercise, sleep, and skincare regimen.
You can work with a dermatologist to assess your skin health today and implement ways to ensure healthy skin tomorrow,