Woman shielding her eyes from the sun

Quite often, we don't believe that we've erred until the consequences become undeniable. We don't accept that we've made poor lifestyle choices until the evidence is literally, all over our faces. However, there are precautions we can take and dietary changes we can make to ensure that our skin does not bear the burden of our sins.  Here are a few of those:

 

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

The feeling of sun on your skin can be a most welcome sensation, but a lifetime of exposure to the sun can cause age spots, wrinkles and increase the possibility of skin cancer.  For the most thorough protection:

  • Use Sunscreen: To prevent skin damage apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 every two hours, or more if you're perspiring or swimming.
  • Stay in the Shade: Stay away from the sun between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when its rays are most intense.
  • Protective Clothing: The best sun protection wardrobe consists of long pants, tightly woven long sleeved shirts and wide brimmed hats. Laundry additives can also be used to give clothing added ultraviolet protection while some clothing is designed specifically to block ultraviolet rays.

 

No Smoking

Cigarette smoke is among the most common contributors to aging skin.  Smoking constricts the blood vessels in the skin's outermost layer, robbing it of vital nutrients and oxygen.  Smoking is also damaging to collagen and elastin, the fibers responsible for giving your skin elasticity and strength.  Also, the continuous pursing of the lips and squinting of the eyes associated with smoking can cause wrinkles to appear. If you're a smoker, quitting is the best way to protect your skin.

 

Be Gentle

Although cleansing and shaving may be parts of your pampering routine, they can also be rather harsh on your skin.  Here are some tips for keeping skin care gentle.Shorter Bath Time: Long showers under hot water can strip natural oils from your skin.

  • Shower Time: Keep bath and shower time down and use lukewarm water rather than hot.
  • Use Mild Soap: Harsh detergents and soap rob skin of oils. Avoid this by choosing mild cleansers.
  • Shave Carefully: Always prepare skin by applying a lubricating lotion cream or gel prior to shaving.  Use a sharp clean razor and shave in the same direction your hair grows.
  • Pat Dry: Pat skin dry gently with a bowl after bathing, allowing some moisture to remain on your skin.
  • Moisturize: Use a moisturizer tailored to your skin type; consider one which incorporates an SPF for daily use.

 

Eat Well
Although a link between a diet and acne has yet to be found, research suggests that a vitamin C rich diet low in refined and processed carbohydrates and low in saturated fats can help skin to maintain a youthful appearance.  Eat a diet of vegetables, whole grains, fruits and lean proteins to keep looking and feeling your best.

 

Stress Management
Stress is a known trigger for skin inflammation and breakout.  Manage stress levels by setting limits on your responsibilities and setting time aside for the things you enjoy.

 

How do you keep relaxed, healthy and beautiful?  We want to know!