Taking care of your skin in the Sun, it is not just for summer months anymore.
Did anyone else lay on tin foil with baby oil smothered on them in high school? Lemon juice or “sun-in” slathered in your hair?
Well…Growing up on the Gulf Coast in Florida, if you say you did not, your nose may begin to grow any second now. My loving step-father made a habit of leaving the occasionalof skin cancer pamphlets on my pillow. Ew!
Well, this summer I am tanner than I have been in a long time. And I noticed a nice new brown spot pop up on my arm. It is different than back in High School. Now I pay attention! We all have to!!
How many of us layer sunscreen on our kids like we are icing a cake and when we get to us, the bottle is empty or we just don’t get the coverage we need. Well….I will have this lovely new brown spot checked out, make sure I have more sunscreen to go around and in the mean time, I am reviewing the tips for 'Taking care of your Skin'.
The Mayo Clinic knows their stuff…Read on my bronze friends, read on…
Taking care of your skin goes beyond the sun...
Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin
Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.
Don't have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.
1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you're outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring.
Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
2. Don't smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn't clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Source: Mayo Clinic
NOW here are some ideas on how to save your skin...
Clothing with SPF
Sephoria has 162 moisturizers with SPF in them ranging in price from under $10 to over $100.
These are for Men and Women, the sun is not a gender based offender.
We picked our favorites and wanted to share…
And don’t forget your lips. That is a terrible place to have a sunburn!
The hat defines the Man, or the Women or whatever....keeps the sun off our face all together
Milan Hat from 'Sunday Afternoon'
Enjoy the Sun and Take care of your Skin!!