Skin Care: 5 Tips for Healthy Skin

Victoria Bell

Good skin care, including sun protection and gentle cleansing, can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come!

Are you pressed for time and not able to have an intense skin care regimen? That's okay, you can still pamper yourself with basic steps. Remember, a good skin care regimen and healthy lifestyle, can help delay (and sometimes prevent) the natural aging process. As well as, the prevention of various skin issues (concerns, problems). Here are 5 tips:

1. Protect yourself from the sun - One of the most important ways to take care of your skin, is to protect it from the sun YEAR ROUND! Exposure to the sun and it's radiation, can cause age spots, wrinkles, dryness, inflammation and much more. Also, it can increase the risk of skin cancer.

* For the most complete sun protection, use SUNSCREEN. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply generously and repeat every 2 hours - or more if you're swimming and/or perspiring.

* Seek shade - Avoid the sun during peak hours of the day (10 am - 2 pm) during warmer weather. The sun's rays are strongest during these hours.

* Wear protective clothing - Protect your skin with cotton long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide brimmed hats. Also, consider laundry additives, which gives your clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection.

2. Don't smoke - Smoking ages your skin in appearance and contributes to premature wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients, that are to the health of your skin.

Smoking also damages the collagen and elastin, the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. Also, the facial expressions (squinting of the eyes to keep smoke out & pursuing the lips when inhaling/exhaling) made when smoking, can also, contribute to wrinkles.

3. Treat your skin gently - Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

* Limit bath time. Hot water & long showers/baths removes the natural oils from the skin. Limit your bath/shower and use either lukewarm or warm, rather than hot water.

* Avoid strong soaps - Strong detergents & soaps will also rid your skin of it's natural oils. Instead, opt for mild cleansers.

* Shave carefully. To protect & lubricate the skin, apply a natural gel, lotion or shaving cream, before shaving. For those, who like a close shave, use a clean, new razor. When shaving, do so, in the direction the hair grows, not against it.

* Pat dry. After you've taken a bath/shower, gently pat your skin dry or blot. By doing either, this helps to retain the moisture on your skin.

* Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer, that fits your skin type. This should be done daily. Also, consider using a moisturizer, that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet - A healthy diet helps you to look & feel great, your best. Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean proteins. Exercise 3 -4 times a week. And drink plenty of water.

5. Manage stress. Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin and healthy state of mind...take  steps to manage stress

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