5 Skin Care Basics

It is a good thing to care for our skin. When we do so we can face everyday with a healthy and fresh look. After all, in a sense, our skin is that part of us which interacts directly with the world around us.

Here are some skin care basics which I think are very helpful to all of us, regardless of age or gender:

1. Watch your time with the sun. Yes, we get good Vitamin D from the sun but be careful about the time you spend exposed under it. According to an article in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch: “Under the right circumstances, 10 to 15 minutes of sun on the arms and legs a few times a week can generate nearly all the vitamin D we need.” Other health experts also say that you should not spend more than 30 minutes under the sun.

2. Go for sunscreen. There are 2 types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA and UVB. They damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the chief culprit behind sunburn is UVB while UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply. UVA is associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging. UVA rays also “exacerbate the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays, and increasingly are being seen as a cause of skin cancer on their own.”   Use sunscreens with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher to protect your skin from those harmful rays.

3. Wear sun protective clothing. If you have to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time in the day due to work or other events, wear something to protect yourself from too much sun exposure.

4. Drop that cigarette. And drop it for good. According to Jonette Keri, MD, of the University of Miami Miller School of medicine: smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. Collagen and elastin are the fibers that give our skin its strength and elasticity. The chemicals found in tobacco smoke (more than 4,000 chemicals!) cause the destruction of both elastin and collagen. This simply means a smoker will end up with “sagging skin and deeper wrinkles.”

5. Apply some moisturizer. Moisturizers increase the skin’s hydration or water content by reducing evaporation. They thus prevent dry skin as well as protect sensitive skin. Moisturizers can also improve skin tone and texture.

Taking note of these skin care basics, I hope, will help us towards having and keeping healthy skin.

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