Did you know your skin is an organ? It is true! As the body’s largest organ, the skin has the awesome responsibility of keeping us free from damage and disease and helping to regulate our body temperature. It only makes sense that we take care of this vital organ to maintain optimal health. Here are three simple skin care tips to consider in keeping your skin at its best.
1. Protect it from the sun! (Including indoor tanning beds.)
Sunburn is absolutely no fun, but you don’t need to have sunburn in order to have skin damage. The skin can become damaged in as little as 15 minutes in the sun. The Centers for Disease Control offer several tips for sun protection. Clothing and hats are a first line of defense against the damaging UV rays. Seek shade and avoid going out in the sun during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are most intense, and don’t forget sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater. Even with sunscreen, you should limit your sun exposure when possible. Artificial sunlight in tanning beds is not a safe alternative, either. In fact, tanning beds can cause more damage to the skin in a shorter amount of time than sun exposure. Stay away from them.
2. Keep Skin Clean and Moisturized
In order to maintain flexibility and health, the skin needs to be free from damage and kept moisturized. Wash with warm water and cleanser every day, being mindful to remove make up if you wear it. Pat dry to avoid causing skin damage by rubbing. Follow up with a moisturizer that meets your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturizing. You can select from a wide variety of cleansers, moisturizers, and creams, or you can use some home remedies for keeping your skin in tip-top shape. Did you know coconut oil is good for your skin? So is honey.
3. Take care of it from the inside.
The nicest thing you can do for your skin is nourish it from the inside out. Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated with fresh, clean water. Balanced meals include fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, lean proteins, and a limit on processed and sugary foods whose ingredients are as bad for your skin as they are for the rest of your body. Water will help your skin look and feel fresh and maintain the right balance of moisture and flexibility.
Taking care of your skin does not have to be complicated. Protecting it from the sun, cleaning and moisturizing it, and nourishing it from the inside are all habits you can build into your daily routine.