How to Take Good Care of Your Skin
The skin is the body's largest organ and a vital barrier that protects the inner workings of the body from the outside environment. Healthy skin provides a protective barrier against toxic substances, prevents bacteria from entering the body and provides a thermostat that maintains proper body temperature, according to University Health Services at Princeton University. Take good care of your skin and it will remain healthy and vibrant well into old age.
Apply sunscreen every morning to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that cause the skin to age prematurely, and in some cases, eventually lead to skin cancer. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, even on cloudy days, advises University Health Services at Princeton University. Seek the shade as much as possible and wear sunglasses and a sun hat.
Keep your skin clean and bathe or shower daily, using a mild moisturizing soap. Avoid heavily perfumed soaps, which can be harsh. Avoid bathing or showering in hot water and opt for warm water that is healthier for the skin, sponsored by Nemours Children's Clinic. Rinse your skin thoroughly and dry with a clean, soft towel.
Wash your face twice daily, using a washcloth and a mild cleanser suitable for your skin type, advises The Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University. Blot your face dry with a soft towel. Apply a facial moisturizer containing a sunscreen. Specialists at Columbia University note that facial moisturizers should be used not only by women, but by men and children as well.
Avoid second-hand smoke and if you smoke, stop at soon as possible. University Health Services at Princeton University note that the chemicals in smoke damage the skin, which is also affected by squinting and lip-pursing that cause wrinkles. Also, avoid yo-yo dieting, which causes the skin to lose natural elasticity and contribute to eventual sagging and wrinkling.
Watch for suspicious sores or new skin growths and see your medical provider if you notice anything unusual. Experts at Columbia University note that most forms of skin cancer are treatable if they are diagnosed early.
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