KEEPING YOUR SKIN SAFE AND HEALTHY

Your skin plays an extremely important role in your life. It protects you from the elements, it helps regulate your body temperature, and it plays a crucial role in preventing dehydration, among many other things. Your skin is also one of the first things other people notice about you, so having healthy skin isn’t only important for your physical well-being, but for your overall appearance and self-confidence, too. As a result, you should be sure to take proper care of your skin. If you already are taking steps to protect your skin, that’s great, but there are always additional ways to improve skin health. On the other hand, if you haven’t paid much mind to your skin’s health and appearance, try to work on developing a good skin care routine and sticking with it. Even though summer is coming to a close, you still need to be diligent when it comes to protecting your skin. Below are four simple ways you can work toward maintaining healthier and younger-looking skin year-round.

Cover Up

The absolute best way to protect your skin is to limit exposure to the sun, and the best way to do that is to stay out of the sun entirely! Of course, that’s not very practical (who doesn’t love a day at the beach?), but there are still things you can do to stay safe in the sun. If you’re planning to be outdoors for an extended period of time, dress appropriately. Wear long pants and long sleeves if possible, and a hat to protect your face. If it’s too hot to cover up, try to limit prolonged sun exposure and seek out the shade. Also, don’t be fooled by cloud cover — harmful UV rays from the sun can still damage or burn your skin even on a cloudy day, so cover up regardless of the forecast.

Always Wear Sunscreen

In addition to dressing appropriately, always apply sunscreen if you expect to be outdoors for more than a few minutes at a time. Try to use a product with an SPF30 rating, or higher. If all you have at your disposal is a lower-rated SPF, it’s better than nothing, but you’ll get better protection from products of SPF30 and higher.

During the cooler months of the year, sthe un still poses a threat to your skin. Whether you’re taking your dog on a walk or heading to the stadium to watch your favorite football team on a cool Sunday afternoon, the sun is still going to be shining on your skin, despite the fact that doesn’t feel hot out. Even in the snow, it’s important to wear sunscreen, especially because the sunlight easily reflects off of white snow-cover. Regardless of the time of year, don’t give those rays a chance to damage your skin; always wear sunscreen.

Use a Daily Moisturizer

In order to maintain firm, youthful skin, be sure to apply moisturizer. This should be done daily — not just when you start to notice your skin drying out. Moisturizer will lock water into your skin and keep it hydrated. Failure to moisturize regularly can result in cracking, flaking, or leathery skin.

The best time to apply moisturizer is after you’ve showered or washed your face. Do so while your skin is still slightly damp to ensure you’re allowing the moisturizer the opportunity to trap that water in your skin. Maintaining this routine will also help stave off wrinkles and age more gracefully.

Eat Right

The obvious connection between unhealthy eating habits and the toll that bad food wreaks on your body is weight gain, but your diet also impacts your skin. Don’t pay any mind to the old wives tale that eating greasy foods like chips can make your skin greasy — that’s not the case unless you rub your face with your greasy hand. However, there are certain foods, like milk and ice cream, for example, that can cause acne or inflammation.

Eat foods with a high water content to keep your body and your skin hydrated, as well as foods that are high in antioxidants, like certain fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help keep away molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals play a key role in the oxidation process, which damages skin. If you aren’t quite sure what oxidation is or why it’s bad for your skin, one common example of oxidation is a peeled apple turning brown. You don’t want your skin undergoing similar damage.

Conclusion

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