Raise your hand, who doesn’t want fresh, clean skin? Spend a little extra time to develop new healthy skin habits during the long days of summer, and get used to feeling good when you look in the mirror and see smoother, softer, healthier looking skin.
Your skin, especially on your face, is a canvas that shows a painting of your life; yes your genetic heritage is there, but also your lifestyle. The many full-body health essentials shine through, such as how much you sleep, how stressed you are, whether you exercise, if you use sunscreen, if you smoke, what you eat, and how much water you drink. But your skin also shows how you choose to care for it. And that’s where things can get overwhelming if you’re not paying close attention.
The skin care industry is huge--estimated at 43 billion dollars a year in America--and showing no signs of slowing down. You could start a library with all the books full of skin tips--some practical, some silly, and some outrageous. It seems the more outlandish the skin care technique or product is, the more people believe in it. For instance, have you ever heard of putting snail slime on your skin to cure acne, or getting a pricey facial with guanine (bat and sea bird droppings)? But for all the mysterious, or just plain gross ideas out there, a few tried-and-true tips keep showing up:
1. Keep your skin hydrated by avoiding long, hot showers. Yes, they feel great, but hot water dries your skin. Be kind to your skin with shorter, warm showers.
2. Don’t use regular soap on your body or face. Soaps are alkaline, and can dry your skin and cause rashes. Instead, use an extra-mild sensitive skin soap, or use a shower gel with natural oils in it.
3. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face. The oils, dirt, and bacteria on unwashed hands can cause breakouts and even minor infections on your face.
4. Use a good cream or ointment instead of a lotion to keep your skin moisturized. Lotions feel great for a few minutes, but they don’t lock in moisture, and soon your skin is as dry as ever.
5. To clean and shrink those nose pores, look into using an over-the-counter salicylic acid solution (but not if you’re pregnant).
These tips are just a start in building a healthy foundation so that your skin can thrive. That special glowing skin that everyone wants isn’t found in a jar or a tube. Your skin will glow best when we’re taking care of our bodies and feeling great. It’s just another reason to do our best to stay energized, positive and hopeful about the world! Are there any special skin care tips you can recommend for other readers?
Sun Care Tip: Although a little sun every day is good for you and provides needed vitamin D, don’t forget to wear sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection every time you go outside, even if it’s cloudy.