Your skin is the biggest organ in your body, but despite that, it is often overlooked when it comes time for some TLC. While everyone’s skin is different, and as such has different needs, there are some simple, baseline things you can do to improve your skin’s health, and to keep it smooth and beautiful for years to come. These tips are brought to you courtesy of WebMD and the Mayo Clinic.
Tip #1: Stay Out of The Sun
The sun is one of the biggest obstacles your skin is going to have to overcome. You see, while laying out in the sun to turn yourself into a bronze god might seem like a great way to spend the summer, sunlight is full of harmful radiation. While you can protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, it’s also a good idea to wear protective clothing, and to keep a careful eye on how much sun you’ve gotten on a given day. While you shouldn’t hide inside like a vampire, if you’ve spent half an hour or so at the pool or stretched out at the beach, it might be time to find some shade for a bit.
Tip #2: Garbage In, Garbage Out
There are all kinds of beauty routine bogeymen lurking in your fridge. Chocolate, sugar, and even coffee have all been blamed for bad skin at one time or another. However, when it comes to what you eat, what affects your skin is really the sum of your diet’s parts. That means if you tend to eat greasy food, low-quality food, or if you tend to binge, then that is going to show up on your skin like a color change on a litmus test. The occasional cheeseburger or extra slice of cake won’t kill you, but remember that it’s important to maintain a healthy diet if you want healthy skin.
Tip #3: Don’t Smoke
This one is pretty straightforward. Smoking is a terrible habit, and among all the other downsides it offers, it ages your skin. In addition to not smoking, it’s important to avoid places where you’re likely to be surrounded by smoke just to be safe. Fortunately, that’s become easier and easier as smoking bans have grown in popularity.
Tip #4: Be Easy On Your Skin
While a hot bath or a long shower might seem like the most amazing thing in the world at the end of the day, those things can take a toll on your skin. Warm water won’t be as hard on your skin, and while a deep cleanse is important, your skin needs to keep certain oils in balance in order to remain healthy. In addition to not submerging yourself in scalding water for long periods of time, remember to pat your skin dry instead of roughly toweling off, and if you’re going to shave, do so carefully to avoid skin irritation.
Tip #5: Manage Your Stress
Stress is a terrible thing. Stress robs you of sleep, it stops your brain from cooling down, and it can leave your muscles tight and painful. Stress is also bad for your skin, and chances are good you’ve noticed it. If you find yourself getting breakouts or rashes whenever you’ve got a review coming at work, or you haven’t had any time to yourself, then you need to put roadblocks in to stop your stress levels from climbing too high. That might mean instituting a workout regimen (which is good for your stress and your skin), spending some time in the sauna, or just blocking out an hour after work to lay on the couch and not think about the day’s problems.
Your skin will thank you.
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