November is National Healthy Skin Month. The observance highlights the importance of keeping the skin healthy and young looking. It is essential that people be proactive in protecting their skin. Preventing the occurrence of skin problems is a lot easier than taking corrective actions when the problems already exist. People shouldmake skin care part of their daily routine in order to prevent skin problems such as rough skin, wrinkles, liver spots, and skin cancer.
The way we treat our skin today will have a lasting effect. Genetic and environmental factors cause wear and tear on our skin. This is part of the natural aging process. However, we do not need to sit idly by while our skin gets older. There are measures we can take to prevent premature aging of the skin.
- The food that we eat directly affects our bodies. A poor diet limits the availability of many nutrients that are needed by the skin. Nutritious foods can translate into healthy, vibrant skin.
- Exercise must be an important part of our daily lives. Exercise boosts blood circulation that delivers oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Exercise should be followed by adequate rest. Seven to eight hours of sleep each night will benefit the appearance of our skin.
- Our skin must by be hydrated to keep it healthy. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day. Spread it out in small quantities over the course of the day to allow proper absorption.
- We should protect our skin from the negative effects of the wind, cold, and ultraviolet rays of the sun. Ultraviolet radiation causes irreversible damage and premature aging of the skin. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) before exposing yourself to sun.
- Cleanse the skin regularly with warm water and mild soap. Strong soap may contain harsh chemicals that will be harmful to the skin and may even cause an allergic reaction. Do not bathe or shower for more than 15 minutes as it could lead to dry skin. There is a rebound effect of producing too much oil when the skin gets dry.
The skin may overcompensate for dryness with skin breakouts.
Developing healthy skin care habits can go a long way in helping us look and feel our best.