Self-care is admirable, but busy schedules and the inconvenient impromptus of life can easily get in the way. While you look to the future and put thought towards what is and what isn't important, remember to devote time and attention to your body's largest organ - your skin!
Our skin is constantly at work, protecting our bodies from external factors such as bacteria, chemicals, and temperature. How can you protect your skin? There are five basic ways you can ensure your skin receives the care it deserves. Do your best to implement them into your daily routines. Start small to ensure your skincare becomes a habit you can keep.
1. GOOD DAY SUNSHINE
Mid-winter, sunscreen may be that last thing you think of, but have you ever noticed that the coldest of days are bright and sunny? While you may not be tanning or feel you are protected by the windows of your car or office, the truth is your skin is still in danger of sun damage.
There are two types of UV radiations (UltraViolet rays) to consider. UVB (UltraViolet B radiation) is responsible for sunburns. In general, we are used to the idea of applying sunscreen to protect ourselves from this type of UV in the summer. However, UVA (UltraViolet A radiation) actually has a longer wavelength than UVB and is directly associated with skin aging.
"UVA is everywhere. UVA accounts for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the earth. These rays maintain the same level of strength during daylight hours throughout the year. This means that during a lifetime, we are all exposed to a high level of UVA rays." - SkinCancer.org
While panes of glass block UVB, they do not block UVA. In short, applying sunscreen everyday is an essential step in protecting the health of your skin - rain or shine...or snow.
2. THINK INSIDE OUT
It's important to remember that skincare begins on the inside. The protective barrier that seals moisture into the skin requires the right nutrition to maintain healthy levels of collagen. "To maintain healthy skin, you need a wide variety of nutrients, including glucose, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals." - EastonDermatology.com
Make small, manageable changes to your diet to increase your intake of Vitamins A, C, D, and E, Zinc, Selenium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. You don't need to radically change the way you eat. Just add what you can to your meals in support of your skins health. For example, add tuna, flax, or edamame to your salads for Omega-3. Citrus, strawberries, and kiwis offer plenty of vitamin C. A little dark chocolate provides Polyphenol to keep your skin smooth and protect against the sun.
3. CHILL OUT
Did you know that stress wreaks havoc on your skin? "Cortisol, also known as stress hormone, can be a risk for our skin if we produce it in excess over a long period as it can make our skin glands segregate more sebum, increase the blood flow leading to redness, break down elastin and collagen, etc." - innoaesthetics.com
What is an easy way to reduce stress? You've heard it many times before, but sleep is a major player in reducing stress. Our cells regenerate while we sleep and our bodies boosts collagen production. Try increasing your sleep time by 30 minutes. Small changes are easier to maintain.
Adopting a short routine of deep breathing, stretching, and exercising (as little as 10 minutes a day) will have a positive affect on your stress levels.
4. PAMPER YOUR SKIN
Moisturizing every day is vital for glowing, healthy skin. When it comes to your preferred moisturizer, quality is everything. Natural, basic ingredients will balance your skin and deliver the hydration you need.
For example, Golden Jojoba oil is a fantastic base for skin products, as it moisturizes without clogging your pores in support of a balanced skin tone. In addition to these benefits, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria (the kind responsible for blackheads and acne breakouts) within the pores of your face, lending to blemish-free skin.
Shea butter is not only a natural emollient, leaving your skin moisturised to perfection, but it also contains many anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help ease redness and puffy-looking skin when properly applied.
A whipped body butter offers long lasting, deep hydration and can be used sparingly. Body butters are best applied right after a shower or bath, locking in moisture.
As an extra step, exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin and bring a natural glow to your skin.
5. DRINK UP BUTTERCUP
Without enough hydration your skin loses elasticity and becomes rough. Ensuring you are well hydrated will help your body provide the moisture necessary to keep skin smooth and plump.
Try starting with a glass of water before bed and when you first wake up. If you can, switch to a tisane instead of coffee as the day goes on. Do what you can in small intervals to ensure a lasting habit.
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