Skin Care Tips

Skin care: Tips for healthy skin

Good skin care — includes sun protection and good cleansing habits — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for many years.

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and help prevent many skin problems. Read on to get started with just 2 no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect your skin from the sun

The most important way to take care of your skin is to shield it from the sun. A lifetime of unprotected sun exposure can cause premature wrinkles, freckles, age spots and rough, dry skin. Not to mention destroying collagen. Unprotected sun exposure can and will also cause more-serious problems, such as skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:

  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. if at all possible… this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest and do the most serious damage.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts( light colored clothing reflects the suns rays and helps keep you cool), long pants and wide-brimmed hats. You might also check out special sun-protective clothing, which is specially designed to block ultraviolet rays while keeping you cool and comfortable.( I use this clothing when I golf and it does work).
  • Use a good sunscreen when you’re in the sun. Apply generous amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours, after heavy sweating or after being in water. SPF of 30 minimum and up to 85 in full sun activity.

2. Don’t smoke

Smoking ages your skin and contributes to wrinkles(especially around the lips). Smoking constricts the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes and deprives the skin of necessary oxygen and vital nutrients, that are important to overall good skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin  fibers that give your skin its fullness, strength and elasticity. Also, the repetitive facial expressions made when smoking —  pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke —  contribute to wrinkles.

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