12 May Be Head-to-Toe Skin Smart: Tips for Skin Health
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and if you haven’t noticed, it covers more than just your face. We live in an era where having an unlined, clear and pimple-free face is fashionable; however, it is easy to forget about the rest of the skin on your body. Be skin smart about all of your skin with these tips for skin health.
It shields your body from infections and diseases.
It protects your body’s delicate tissues underneath, such as internal organs, bones and muscles.
It mends itself when damaged.
It allows your body to regulate its temperature.
Now that you know what your skin does to protect you, we need to be sure to keep both your face plus the rest of your skin healthy. We’ve got you covered with these skin smart protection tips:
This is one of the most important steps to take when trying to maintain healthy skin. The sun, no matter where you are or what you are doing outside, is always a threat. Your epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, is extremely vulnerable to the UV rays that are put out by the sun. Too much exposure to these rays could lead to various types of skin cancers, wrinkles, sun spots and moles.
TIP: Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin before going outside. SunSheer™ SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer includes multi-action antioxidants and licorice root to help boost hydration while protecting you from harmful rays.
No matter what skin type you are, throughout your life, you will have to deal with dry skin. You’ll often find dry skin on your knees, elbows and feet. Some people are cursed with naturally dry skin and have to moisturize more frequently than others. Dry skin can often be caused by overexposure to hot or chlorinated water, dehydration, or by living in exceedingly dry climates. By implementing a moisturizer into your day-to-day routine, you can almost entirely eliminate dry, irritating and flaky skin from your life. 🙂
TIP: Avoid applying products that contain alcohol to your skin. When applied topically, alcohol breaks down your skin’s protective barrier that would otherwise keep your skin looking healthier for a longer period of time. Try HydroMilk Hyaluronic Lotion or HydroBalm™ Moisturizer for superior hydration.
The appearance of your skin can tell someone a lot about your diet and lifestyle. When trying to maintain clear and healthy skin, it is imperative that you embrace a healthy diet. Eating greasy fast food will often leave your skin feeling oily to the touch (this is most obvious on the face but can also be felt elsewhere) as well as not providing your body with a sustainable amount of energy. By eating healthier, non-processed foods, you can almost guarantee that your skin will look and feel better.
TIP: Aim for clean eating 80% of the time. Snack on carrots, which contain Vitamin A, known to help treat sun damage and cellulite.
Staying properly hydrated is one of the most underrated aspects of skin health. When your body is dehydrated, one of the first organs that begins to shut down is the skin. When the skin is dehydrated, it starts to feel rough and it begins to tighten and lose its elasticity.
Tip: Avoid alcoholic beverages which can dehydrate, leaving the skin dull, dry and puffy. If enjoying alcoholic beverages, be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after.