Healthy skin is
Your skin is beautiful and amazing. It allows you to experience and respond to the world around you, protects you from the elements and is an integral part of your immune system. Yep, there’s no doubt about it – your skin plays a major role in protecting and keeping your body healthy. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re taking good care of your skin and paying attention to clues it provides that something may be off with your health. Let’s take a look at some simple things you can do to prioritize skin health today.
5 tips for healthy skin
1. Protect your skin
Enjoy spending time outdoors? Ultraviolet (UV) radiation – and the skin cancer risk that comes with it – isn’t just a thing during the summer. UV exposure is a concern year-round. And, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, an estimated 20% of people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Take steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays by limiting sun exposure, covering skin with clothing and wearing sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30.
When skin issues like cuts, bug bites, blisters and scrapes make an appearance, it’s time to play defense. Protect the injured area and prevent infection by applying a thin layer of topical antibiotic cream and covering with a bandage.
2. Moisturize your skin
Skin that’s dewy and supple is always in style. And making sure you’re well hydrated both inside and out is key to getting that healthy glow. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day and more on days when it’s hot or you’re active. To prevent skin from drying out, take warm (not hot), five-minute showers and slather on a thick and gentle moisturizer like Eucerin® or CeraVe® immediately after patting skin dry to seal in moisture. Prone to skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis? Be extra vigilant and step up your moisturizing routine during the winter months!
3. Watch what you put on your skin
You may not think about it, but that bug spray or perfumed lotion you put on your skin can be absorbed and eventually make its way into your bloodstream and lymph system. Read product labels closely. If you can’t pronounce it, you may want to think twice about putting it on your skin. Steer clear of products that contain irritants, synthetic fragrances and harmful chemicals like parabens and sulfates. When possible, opt for skincare products that are natural and certified organic.
4. Be gentle with your skin
When it comes to caring for the delicate skin on your face, simple is better. Despite what all those slick advertisements tell you, you don’t need a 10-step skincare routine to get glowing skin. All you really need is a gentle cleanser (like Cetaphil® or CeraVe®), sunscreen and moisturizer. Avoid harsh scrubs, chemical peels and picking at your skin. And if you’re dealing with a skin condition like acne, consult with a medical provider who can address your specific skin concerns and determine the most effective products.
Battling breakouts? Keep in mind that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to healing acne, and it can take anywhere from a couple to several months of a consistent skincare routine to start seeing results.
5. Pay attention to your skin
The health and appearance of your skin is a barometer for your overall health. What messages is your body trying to tell you? Rashes, hives, itching and swelling are all common signs of an allergic reaction. It’s also really important to keep an eye on any new moles or changes in the color or shape of existing moles. And bumps, lumps and rashes on the breasts or genitals should always be checked out in person by a provider.
Healthy skin for life
Be kind to yourself and your skin. Take time every day to care for your skin. Drink lots of water, apply sunscreen and pay attention when your skin needs some extra attention and love.
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