Spring Skin: Why Healthy Skin Reflects a Healthy Lifestyle
While we often focus on healthy eating for our heart and blood pressure, avoid smoking and smoke for our lungs, and consider various cleanses for our liver, many of us do not put the same effort into tending to our skin—but we should! After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ.
Keeping our skin healthy is not only vital to our appearance, but it is essential to our overall well being and longevity. Our skin is our first barrier to blocking toxins and pollutants from entering our body. It also protects us from excessive water loss and dehydration. In short, it is our first line of defense for staying healthy.
Let’s talk about a few tips for keeping our skin – and ourselves – healthy and in shape.
Healthy Skin Tip #1: Wear Sunscreen
When the temperature starts to rise in the spring, the first thing we want to do is get outside and let the sunshine hit our skin. But remember: the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be dangerous for our skin – and deadly for our health. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays can cause sun spots, patches of discoloration and even skin cancer. So wear sunscreen, not just for a day of tanning on the beach, but on any day when you will be outdoors (yes, even in winter!).
Choose a moisturizer with a built-in SPF. For most of us, an SPF 15 will be enough to protect us as we go about our daily routine. Of course, if you are going to be outdoors enjoying a gorgeous spring day, you may want a heavier sun protection factor.
Also, consider trying NeedCrystals microdermabrasion facial scrub with vitamin C. It contains powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage and slough away dead skin cells that cause uneven and rough skin texture.
Healthy Skin Tip #2: Drink Lots of Water
We’ve all heard the “drink eight glasses of water a day” rule. Truth is, that’s probably not enough. Coffee, for instance, while perking you up will also dehydrate you. So for those of us who like our two or three cups of Starbucks a day, more glasses of water are necessary.
Do you like to go for a jog and work up a sweat once the springtime weather arrives? You’ll need to replace those fluids. An active adult needs 10 glasses of water or more each and every day.
Healthy Skin Tip #3: Mind the Stress
Chronic stress can lead to all sorts of health issues for our skin. For example, when we are under duress, our body releases more cortisol, which triggers glands under our skin to produce more oil, which leads to the dreaded acne breakouts. But there’s also the lines and wrinkles from our furrowed brows and constant worrying. Of course, stress can also trigger eczema and psoriasis.
If acne breakouts and scarring are a problem for you, why not try an exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid? It can put you in control of your breakouts and help you regain a bright and youthful skin complexion.
Healthy Skin Tip #4: Get Enough Sleep
Though experts generally recommend getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night, many of us may require more hours of sleep – and that’s just fine. Indeed, some recent studies suggest that nine hours of sleep may be the ideal number.
If you heavy lift at the gym, your body repairs itself and generates muscle while you sleep. So don’t deny yourself a few extra winks. If you are recovering from illness or an especially stressful time – let your body sleep it off.
We all know the telltale signs from not getting enough sleep. Dark circles under our eyes, blotchy skin, the sudden appearance of lines and wrinkles. To counter those fine lines, try using NeedCrystals microdermabrasion before going to bed. The one-two punch of a regular microdermabrasion regime with plenty of sleep can drastically improve the appearance of your skin.
Healthy Skin Tip #5: Eat Healthy
A healthy, nutritious diet is vital for healthy skin. First, mind the sugar and sweets. That will cut down on acne and even rashes. But are you taking in enough fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants? Remember: antioxidants are a key ingredient for healthy skin. They reduce inflammation and redness and protect us from the damage of free radicals.
Also, consider trying an all-natural microdermabrasion facial scrub with vitamin C. It contains powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage and slough away dead skin cells that cause uneven and rough skin texture.
Healthy Skin Tip #6: Be Mindful of Indoor Pollution
Pollutants in our home, such as those emitted by fireplaces, stoves and even foam insulation, can have profoundly negative effects on our skin, causing dryness, rashes and other irritations. You can combat these common pollutants with improved ventilation, making the effort to let in fresh outdoor air and being mindful of indoor humidity.
Healthy Skin Tip #7: Visit a Dermatologist
We see our doctor not just when we aren’t feeling well, but for regular checkups. We visit a dentist not just for taking care of that cavity, but for regular teeth cleaning. But how often do we drop by the dermatologist’s office?
As part of a healthy lifestyle, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Let them check you out, advise you on skin care and give your skin a clean bill of health. When visiting with your dermatologist, discuss your specific skin type and ask for his or her recommendation for which NeedCrystals microdermabrasion product would be most beneficial for your skin.