We just returned from a long overdue vacation and like many, we came back wishing for a healthier lifestyle after overindulging in food and fun. What does Staying Healthy mean to you?
Despite the obesity rate in America, there is a continually-widening segment of our society making a real effort to eat healthier. Among others, ideas such as reducing processed food consumption, drinking herbal teas, and choosing organic fruits and vegetables are indeed gaining traction. That’s great news, too. Because the more you do to protect your body’s internal systems and organs, the better it can, and will, protect you.
Some may not realize that our body’s largest organ isn’t inside of us; it’s outside. And it’s just as important to keep it-our skin-as healthy as the rest of us. Skin isn’t like an expensive cover bought to keep a new car safe from bad weather; it’s as vital as the “car” itself is.
Our skin is responsible for protecting everything that it envelopes. It’s a shield; one that we literally could not live without. In order to properly do its job, it needs to be be maintained with the same reverence we show to the rest of our bodies.
How to Keep Your Skin Healthy
We came across an article published by the Mayo Clinic that concisely outlined five ways to keep your skin up to par. Some of them you may have already read on this blog or elsewhere. Some are common sense, and some may be new to you. In any case, they’re very much worth going over again.
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? We’ve all heard the key to real estate. Well, similarly, the key to effective UV ray protection is Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Wear it whenever you’re outside or driving, and re-apply it frequently; especially after swimming or sweating. And remember, water-resistant is one thing, but no matter what you may read there’s no such thing as “waterproof” sunblock.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, shoes and sunglasses whenever you can. Incidentally, you’ll be happy to learn that apparel companies are now placing a greater emphasis on integrating UV ray protection into their fabrics. That is great news.
As much as possible, stay in the shade. Particularly during the sun’s 10a.m. to 4p.m. peak hours.
At times, taking steps to help your skin will also provide the rest of your body with health benefits, too. This one is obvious: don’t smoke.
There are few things to which you could ever subject yourself that are worse than smoking. As this is a skin health care blog though, we won’t take up time discussing what it does to your insides; which you almost certainly have an idea of already.
Smoking leads to permanent wrinkles and weathered-looking, prematurely-aged skin. I’d suggest asking the iconic Marlboro Man how smoking ultimately repaid him for his loyalty; except you can’t, because he’s no longer with us.
The great outdoors takes enough of a toll on our skin as it is, so go easy while cleaning yours. The Mayo Clinic specifically suggests shortening your warm (not hot) showers, using mild soap and patting yourself dry. Before shaving make sure your skin is properly lubricated, and change dull blades quickly.
Hold the Fries
As stated earlier, some of these tips are wholly beneficial to you. Maintaining a good diet is another one of them. Of course, it does make sense that eating well will be a great help to your overall health.
Take it Easy
Glenn Frey and The Eagles were right; take it easy. Stress can lead to myriad skin issues. And if you’re already genetically predisposed to it, may even trigger vitiligo. Managing stress isn’t easy, of course. But the more you’re able to the better off you’ll be.
*Source article credits: Mayoclinic.org
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