Keep it Soft as A Baby's Butt

May 23, 2012

Extensive skin care is like a full time job!   Pamper yourself with every-day basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging

process and prevent many skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

The most important way to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause
wrinkles, freckles, age spots and rough, dry skin. Sun exposure can also cause more-serious problems, such as skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:

  • Always avoid the sun between the hours of
    10 am and 4 pm.  That’s when the sun is
    the strongest and can burn your skin.
  • If you know you are going to be out all day
    in the sun, wear protective clothing to avoid getting over-exposed to the
    rays.
  • Always wear a sunscreen of 30 SPF when you
    are out in the sun.  Be sure to reapply
    it every 2 hours as needed.

2. Don’t smoke

Did you know that smoking makes your skin look older and age faster?  It depletes the skin of Vitamin A and healthy nutrients your skin needs.   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 — may contribute to wrinkles.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin, so keep it gentle:

  • Be sure to use warm water when bathing or
    showering.  Hot water dries out your
    skin.
  • Avoid using soaps that are made with strong
    ingredients.  It is always best to clean
    your body with natural soaps which can be found in the body-care isle of your
    grocery store.
  • Shave carefully!  Always shave in the direction your hair grows
    not against it.  Be sure your razor is
    not dull and use some kind of shaving cream to lather up before shaving.
  • Pat your skin dry.  Never rub all the water off your body.  You want to leave some moisture in your skin.
  • Moisturize your skin with a product that is
    made with natural and organic ingredients.
    Your skin will soak it up…

4. Eat a healthy diet

Eats lot’s of fruits and veggies.   Same old story but no one ever does it.  Give your body lean protein and whole grain.  If you take care of your body itwill take care of you!

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 — takes 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 may be more dramatic than you expect.

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