Skin is the body’s largest organ. When healthy, its layers work hard to protect us. But when it’s compromised, the skin’s ability to work as an effective barrier is impaired. We have therefore found the best ways to protect your skin.
Here are the 7 helpful tips to protect your skin all year around:
Sunscreen should always be applied to your skin, rain or shine, in winter and summer. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found people who used SPF 30 on a daily basis could protect against both skin aging and skin cancer. Sunscreen containing a physical blocker (ingredients like zinc or titanium) to fully block out harmful ultraviolet (UVA and UVB). It’s important to remember UVA rays can come through windows. Even if it’s cloudy, there is always UV radiation.
2. Eat A Healthful Diet
What you eat is as important as the products that you put on your skin. Your diet could improve your skin health from the inside out, so a clear complexion begins with eating a healthful diet.
Antioxidant-rich foods have a protective effect for the skin.
Consider these skin-friendly foods:
- Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Beans, peas and lentils
- Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
3. Lotion Up
No one wants dry, cracked skin and not properly moisturizing the skin can significantly age a person. Lotion is especially important for those who suffer from dry skin. As we get older, certain areas, like the lower legs, tend to dry out faster.
Moisturizers containing ceramide are the most effective way to rejuvenate dry skin. It’s best to apply moisturizer within two minutes of towel drying the skin.
4. Get Your Beauty Rest
Want to wake up with a radiant glow? Ditch the highlighter and opt for more sleep.
Sleep is extremely important for the skin’s regenerative processes. A good night’s sleep boosts blood flow to our skin and not clocking at least seven to eight hours of nightly rest can cause your complexion to look puffy and lifeless. Sleep deprivation will actually decrease blood flow, resulting in redness and age lines.
5. Cut Down On Alcohol
Cutting your intake of alcohol could lower your risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers. Research uncovered that higher alcohol intake was associated with a higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
Researchers discovered that for each 10-gram increase in consumption of alcohol per day, the risk of basal cell carcinoma rose by 7 percent and the risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma rose by 11 percent.
6. Quit Smoking
Smoking ages facial skin and skin located in other body areas. Smoking narrows the blood vessels found in the outer layer of the skin, which reduces blood flow and exhausts the skin of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to remain healthy.
Furthermore, the repetitive expressions that are made when smoking such as pursing the lips can contribute to wrinkles on the face.
If you currently smoke, the best thing that you can do for your skin health is quit.
7. Keep Stress In Check
Have you ever noticed that right before an important event, an unsightly pimple appears on your face? Well, scientists have identified some links between stress levels and skin problems. The researchers suspect that stress increases the quantity of sebum, which is the oily substance that blocks pores. This leads to greater acne severity.
Reducing your stress levels may lead to clearer skin. If you think that stress is having an impact on your skin, try stress reduction techniques such as tai chi, yoga, or meditation.
Of course, if you are ready to have some help in turning back the effects of aging, you need to experience my BB Glow service! My clients are seeing tremendous results.
Benefits of BB Glow Treatments
- Instant Glowing & Radiant skin complexion
- Hydrated skin
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduction of dark circles under your eyes
- Reduction of blackheads and pores
- Infusion of antioxidants, vitamins, & anti-aging ingredients
- Evens out blemishes and discolorations
- Reduces melanin content in the skin before and after UV exposure
- Covers up redness (rosacea) and broken capillaries
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Amanda Gant, RDH, B.S.