Tricks to healthy skin

Tricks to healthy skin

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Summer is quickly approaching, and with it are the shorts, dresses and skirts, or any type of apparel that reveals a lot of skin.  Summer is the manifestation of sunburns and eventually…skin cancer. Skin is the largest organ of your body and the most obvious if it’s not taken care of. We’ve all heard about the risks of too much sun and tanning beds, but avoiding these things isn’t the only way to assure that you have a healthy dermis.

            As previously mentioned in the past posts, a good diet is a key factor in the well-being of your skin. A Reader’s Digest article suggests eating fish and soy milk. It also said tea, garlic and oats are beneficial to eat.

            For most of us, it’s been a long time since we’ve used baby powder. But as the sun gets hotter, we sweat more and places where skin touches skin can develop intertrigo, or bacteria growing in skin folds. Baby powder prevents this, but it’s probably a good idea to get unscented to avoid smelling like an infant.

            It’s hard to think about getting wrinkles when you’re in the prime of your life, but eventually they’ll show up. However, when they do, it’ll be obvious who took precautions to avoid getting wrinkles when they were younger. Staying out of the sun, or wearing sunscreen, is probably the most obvious answer. Remember when your mom told you not to make a face, or it’ll freeze like that? In a way, she was right. Contorting your face in unusual positions can create creases, so be sure to use reading glasses instead of squinting, and keep both eyes open when looking through a single eye piece.  Even sleeping on your back will decrease your chances of “sleep lines.”

            The supermarket is full of moisturizers and face creams, but the most useful product for your skin is sunscreen. Even a low SPF is beneficial and will prevent skin cancer. Stay out of the sun and eat healthy food and you’ll be on your way to being an OLAY model!