The skin is the body's largest organ. It protects against a variety of environmental harms--which is why it's so important to take good care of it. Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated are two of the best ways to promote overall skin health. According to the Mayo Clinic, foods that are good for the skin include fruits, vegetables, beans, fish, nuts and olive oil. Also, drinking eight glasses of water per day will keep skin hydrated and flush toxins from the body.
Maintain Your Beautiful Skin Through The Summer After a long, cold winter, many people look forward to getting out of the house and enjoying the summer weather. Summer climates can be terribly for the health of your skin if you do not take steps to care for it properly. The following advice is provided to assist you in learning the best skin care for summer climates. Do not skip the sunscreen. Even if you are just getting out of the house for an hour or so, apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. It does not take long for the sun to damage exposed skin. Exfoliating will help to remove the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin and assist the new ones in producing. Do not exfoliate more than once a week to avoid drying your skin out. Do not forget to protect your lips. Apply lip balm that is formulated to protect against the sun. Some lipsticks have SPF ratings that will be enough to protect your lips while others do nothing but provide you color. Be selective when choosing your lip products to be sure they have a high SPF rating. Using lotions with antioxidants or foods that contain them will help save your skin from rapid aging throughout the summer months. Antioxidants protect and repair damaged skin quickly. Instead of baking your skin in the sun or in a tanning bed, try self-tanner instead. If you are unsure that you will be able to get it applied correctly, have a spray tan done professionally. It costs more than doing it yourself at home, but the results are wonderful. If you choose to attempt to do it yourself, be sure to find a product that is easy to apply and will not streak, turn you orange or run as you are applying it. Wash your face two or three times a day. Your skin will produce oils much faster during the hot and humid summer months. It is important that you remove the oil from your face throughout the day. Be sure that you choose a cleanser that is mild enough for repeated use and that you moisturize your face upon completion. Do not forget to drink your water. This is more important through the summer months than any other. You are going to sweat out a lot of the fluids that your body needs to stay healthy. Your eyes need protection from the sun. Find sunglasses that offer SPF and UV protection. Many of the less expensive sunglasses will not keep the harmful rays from entering your eye and damaging it. They simply make things appear less bright. Take short showers that are not hot. Run the water at a temperature that is cooler than usual. Hot water will dry your skin out quickly. Once out of the shower, do not rub the towel across your skin. Gently pat your skin dry and follow with a quality moisturizing lotion. Summer weather can be a lot of fun, but the elements of summer can be very damaging to your skin. Use these tips to protect your skin and get out and enjoy the weather while it's here!
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