5 Skin Care Tips for a Healthier Skin
By Dr. Maria Ana Castañeda-Lee
- Avoid basking too much under the sun
Too much exposure to the sun’s harmful rays causes premature wrinkles, sunburn, pigmentations, skin texture changes, rashes, and skin cancer. Stay away from the sun especially from 10a.m. to 3p.m. where the sun is at its hottest. Use well-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing to shield you from the harsh effects of the sun.
Sun sends out ultraviolet radiation that is harmful to the skin. UVA causes tanning and wrinkles, UVB causes sunburn, and both UVA and UVB suppresses the immune system.
Use a broad spectrum sunblock that blocks UVA and UVB to all exposed skin. A sunscreen with SPF 30 and above is preferable. Apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure. Re-application may be done every hour.
Because of the heat, water content of the upper layer of the skin may fall below 10 percent. The skin might become dry, less flexible, and prone to damage. To help prevent water loss, apply a light and fast-absorbing moisturizer that would help seal the water and slow down the natural water loss cycle. To know which the best moisturizers are, read the article What Should You Look for in your Moisturizer?
Apply the moisturizer right after you take your shower to seal in the moisture.
- Drink plenty of water
It is recommended to drink eight to nine glasses of water. This does not only replace the humidity lost to heat but also helps take away toxins out of the body and keep the skin’s glow.
Skin cells shed every minute of the day. Build up of the skin cells make the skin dry and dull. Thus, there is a need to exfoliate to keep the skin glowing and achieve a pink flush. Look for an exfoliant that contains sugar and salt. Gently rub the exfoliant in a circular motion to stimulate circulation. Rinse after.
- Drink your daily dose of vitamins
A daily dose of vitamins A, C, E, and zinc helps keep your skin and hair healthy.
***This article was originally published in Zen Health Magazine, May-July 2009 issue. Minor edits have been made by the editors.