Your skin is the protective covering on your body and the largest organ on your body. Your skin regulates your body temperature through the sweat glands, prevents germs from entering your other organs and helps maintain your immune system.
Keeping your skin healthy and beautiful requires regular care at home and routinely from a skin care professional. In addition, a healthy lifestyle can enhance the appearance of your skin making sure it stays beautiful, supple and radiant as time goes by.
How Much Sun is Too Much Sun?
While the ultraviolet rays in the sun that produce Vitamin D are necessary for our health, it’s easy to overdo a good thing during the summer months. Recently, the Surgeon General issued a warning that because skin cancer is becoming epidemic , we need to do more to protect ourselves from the sun. Incorporating a few things into your daily routine will ensure your skin stays healthy and beautiful.
Wear protective clothing – wearing a wide-brimmed hat will help protect your skin from harmful rays and helps to keep you cooler. Consider adding lightweight clothing made from fabrics that block harmful rays to your summer wardrobe.
Relax in the shade – try to stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most intense.
Use sunscreen – using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of least 15 daily. If you’re in the sun, reapply every two hours or more often if you are swimming or perspiring. At SeaMist, we can recommend an appropriate solution for your skin from our three complete lines of skin care products, including Biophora® , Environ® and SkinMedica® . We will teach how to apply sunscreen for maximum effectiveness.
Eat Your Way to Vibrant Skin
Here are 10 skin-enriching foods to include in your diet for a beautiful, healthy and youthful complexion:
1. Green, Orange and Red Vegetables – no matter what you’ve been told, when it comes to your skin corn is not a vegetable. Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and leafy vegetables are full of beta-carotene and Vitamin A which helps your skin produce new cells and get rid of the old ones.
2. Water – “eating” your water in the form of raw fruits and vegetables ensures that your skin not only gets the moisture it needs, but at the same time provides nutrients your complexion needs to stay healthy and youthful.
3. Citrus Fruits – the tastiest source of Vitamin C is easily added to our diets. Vitamin C is essential to our health and aids in your body’s production of collagen. Try to eat the fruit rather than drink juice – fiber and water content in whole fruit is higher and healthier and you’ll consume fewer calories.
4. Oatmeal – eating oatmeal provides for heart and skin health, but is also low in calories.
5. Honey – nature’s moisture attractor helps lock in moisture to keep your skin soft and is an antibacterial agent. Add to your bath or your oatmeal.
6. Whole Grains –processed (refined) grains can cause an insulin spike, which may in turn aggravate acne. Try buckwheat and other whole grains which contain the antioxidant, rutin which combats inflammation and B-Vitamin biotin which helps the skin cells process fat.
7. Seafood – rich in omega-3 fatty acids, additional seafood in your diet improves circulation which is essential to healthy skin. Zinc in fish fights acne and assists with new skin cell production
8. Eggs – an important source of Vitamin A, eggs help your skin renew itself.
9. Nuts – contain a rich supply of antioxidants and Vitamin E, especially almonds. Vitamin E helps your skin to hold in moisture and protect it from UV-rays from the sun.
10. Milk – not only contains calcium to keep your bones strong but protects our skin from bacteria and helps maintain a health PH balance in our skin.
Add some steps, improve your skin health. Even five to 15 minutes of exercise per day not only benefits your overall health, but improves circulation to your skin bringing nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells efficiently. When you exercise, perspiration cleanses your skin of toxins. Get a beautiful natural glow that lasts. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/exercise
Stay Away From Smoke – If You Smoke, Quit
Our experience has shown that nothing contributes more to poor skin texture and color, than smoking. Smoking depletes the oxygen in our blood vessels and damages the collagen and elastin you need to keep your skin strong and resilient. Also, we have found that the physical activity of smoking, pursing of the lips to inhale can cause premature wrinkles around the mouth. Quitting smoking not only improves your skin, but also your general health and overall looks.