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Eight Essential Steps to Healthy Skin

Did you know our skin renews itself every month? Find out what you can do to protect your skin and to keep it healthy for years to come!

November 12, 2019 | HF Healthy Living Team

November is National Healthy Skin Month, and we’ve got some tips on how you can keep your skin youthful and well.

The skin is the body’s largest organ—it can reveal a lot about your health. As the first line of defense between our bodies and the outside world, the skin works tirelessly to protect us from bacteria and viruses, as well as from everyday pollution. Many factors affect skin health, such as hormones, and even specific conditions like diabetes.

Learn when to check your skin, how to treat common problems, and more below.

1) Know Your Skin Well

It’s important to keep a close eye on your skin, especially with regard to changes that develop over time. If you have any moles, beauty marks, or dark discoloration spots that have changed size, color, or shape, be sure to visit a dermatologist. You can also see your doctor to treat skin conditions, heal scars, and more.

2) Keep up with the Seasons

As the weather gets colder, it can be tricky to find the right skin care regimen. It’s normal for your routine to change based on the temperature due to over drying and sensitive skin reactions. It can be beneficial to switch to a thicker moisturizer and swap it for a non-drying cleanser during the colder months to keep your skin hydrated all day.

3) Cut Back on Refined Sugar

A British study found that eating sugar produces molecules that can cause aging skin. Damage to those skin cells can trigger an attack on the body’s antioxidants, which can lead to sun damage and can contribute to acne. One study found that eating added sugars increased the risk of acne by 30%. Find out how to spot hidden sugar here.

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4) Remember to Hydrate

Hydration nourishes skin cells and promotes regrowth and healing, all of which are necessary for optimal skin health. Hydration helps to diminish the risk of sunken eyes and to give your skin elasticity. Drinking water can also lead to better habits, such as drinking less sugary juices and sodas. Find out if you’re drinking enough water daily here.

2) Bring on the Fruits and Veggies

Nutrient-rich foods are necessary for optimal skin health and overall wellbeing. Many studies have proven that certain fruits and vegetables can greatly impact your skin. Avocados, nuts, seeds, sweet potatoes, green cruciferous vegetables, and more are especially high in key vitamins and minerals that can benefit skin health.

6) Apply Sunscreen Year-Round

Although UVB rays lessen in the winter, UVA is still a risk that can lead to skin aging and skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The snow, sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays. Stay protected with an SPF of at least 30 or higher if you’re outside.

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7) Take Time to Relax

Did you know too much stress can cause skin issues like breakouts, blemishes, and even wrinkles? Long-term stress can negatively affect your health in many ways. Remember to de-stress as much as possible to prevent flare-ups with your skin. Try these easy relaxation techniques.

8) Practice Good Hygiene

Skin issues can be controlled if you practice good hygiene. Try not to touch your face, and make sure to always wash your hands and face when necessary. Also, wash your pillowcases often to prevent oil build-up. Dermatologists even recommend silk pillowcases to help the skin keep its moisture. Plus, silk pillowcases can also be gentler on your hair.

 

©2019 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies.

This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“Sunscreen FAQs,” American Academy of Dermatology. Accessed October 7, 2019.
https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs

“Skin Care for Every Season,” American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Accessed October 8, 2019.
https://www.asds.net/skin-experts/skin-care/skin-care-for-every-season

“Slow the Signs of Aging,” American Academy of Dermatology. March 3, 2017.
https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/aging-and-sun-protection

“Acne: presence and relationship…” National Institutes of Health. December 2012.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22070422

“Association of Dietary Fat, Vegetables…” National Institutes of Health. May 2010.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20085665

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