Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and the most often overlooked. Composed of nearly 90% water, the skin needs plenty of hydration and preventive care. With medical and health advice blaring, and often conflicting, from nearly every major media outlet on the latest wellness and medical recommendations, it can be tremendously overwhelming. Get back to the basics and follow these straight forward recommendations from the respected Dermatologist to develop healthy skin care tips. There’s no better time than today to get started.
Because the skin is primarily composed of water, continuous hydration is critical. Develop a habit of drinking three or four glasses of water flavored with lemon or lime slices each day. Alcohol and coffee are actually dehydration and should be kept to a minimum. Sugary sodas do not hydrate the skin but they do invite a host of other skin ailments. Acne, bloating and rashes can be attributed to excess sugar consumption from copious amounts of soda. Our bodies are simply not designed to metabolize volumes of added sugars. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink; this often means your skin, and body, are already experiencing a degree of dehydration.
In addition to continuous hydration, the skin should be moisturized – more so as we age. There are a great many moisturizing products on the market today. The new trend on the market are in-shower moisturizers which eliminate that added step of apply full-body moisturizer after the shower. Check out the great deals available from Groupon and make a selection from the variety of moisturizers offered at Nordstrom. The skin surrounding the eyes is not only very thin, but also requires a specialized moisturizer.
Finally, protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This is just as important in the winter months as in the summer months. Apply a high SFP factor sun screen each morning. Again, special sun screens should be purchased to protect the sensitive skin surrounding the eyes. Plan to wear hats or caps with visors as well as sunglasses when outdoors. Many manufacturers are now offering specialty clothing with SFP woven into the fabric. Lastly, make an annual appointment with your Dermatologist for a full body skin check. Take proper care of your skin and it will remain in good shape for decades.