Summertime, Aaaahhhhh, the beach, boating, family holidays, gardening, . . . . The list goes on and on. As warm weather approaches and the summer days get longer and longer, we find ourselves spending more and more time outdoors. Many of us become more conscious of the sunscreens we use, insect repellents and amount of sun exposure we actually receive. Although this is good, it is important to remember that skincare is important YEAR round, not just during summer.
Basics of Skincare:
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, weighing approximately 10 pounds and covering an area of about 16 square feet.¹ It is a symbol of our health status and age. Our skin is our front door – it glows when we’re feeling well and looks colorless and lifeless when we’re ill. It’s pores help us detoxify pollutants and chemicals that we take in and protects our inner organs from the outside world. It’s our appearance to the world, showing more details, such as fine lines, discoloration and wrinkles as we age. As we all strive to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance, it is no surprise that the skincare industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, with lots of products and advice!
Skincare regimens can be complicated or simple. You can decide the amount of time, money and products you prefer to use, but Hoye’s Pharmacy believes that following a simple routine is a good foundation for maintaining that healthy glow. The following is a list of simple, easy to follow skincare tips can be used by male or female, young or old – try incorporating them into your daily routine!
- Avoid the following as they can increase the aging process: Heavy sun exposure, cigarette smoke, excess alcohol consumption, stress, harsh soaps and detergents, environmental toxins, lack of sleep and poor diet.
- Drink plenty of clean water. 8 8ounce glasses is the minimum recommendation. Water hydrates the skin and helps flush toxins from the body. Water can reduce or eliminate constipation, which also helps detoxify and cleanse the body and skin.
- Eat foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits, greens, vegetables and seeds. Avoid fatty, fried foods – they can clog pores and cause skin break outs.
- Take a basic multi vitamin with a good amount of A, C, E, selenium, and zinc. These antioxidants can provide protection against damaging free radicals and can help to repair, renew and revitalize skin.
- Wear a good sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Both UVA and UVB rays from the sun penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers. UV radiation is considered the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC), including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent. They are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year, and can penetrate clouds and glass. For more information on the UVA and UVB rays, visit the Skincare Foundation website.
- Use a mud mask or exfoliation product at least once a week to help cleanse the skin and exfoliate dead skin. Use a clean loofah at least once weekly to help rid old flaky skin from the entire body.
- Cleanse the skin at least once daily. Use a high quality skin cleanser, facial toner (if you have oily skin) and moisturizer daily. Select products that have the ingredients clearly listed and don’t include parabens, petrochemicals, heavy fragrance and food colors or dye agents. If you don’t know what the ingredients are, you probably don’t want to put it on your skin. Look for products that contain healthy antioxidants, such as C, CoQ10, DMAE and Alpha-Lipoic Acid. These supplements as great for the skin and are available in many products. Avoid heavy creams around the eye area, as this skin is more fragile and thin.
- Select make up that is from natural sources, such as the popular mineral make up. Avoid heavy make up that can clog pores and require heavy make up remover. Read labels and make sure you can identify the ingredients.
- Smile and laugh as often as possible. The facial muscles used in a smile are important to maintaining that healthy glow and a great attitude.
Hoye’s Pharmacy carries a great selection of skincare products that are safe to use and good for everyone. Stop in today to see our selection. Mention this article and receive 15% off any skincare product purchased!
Skincare can be easy and a basic regimen is all you need to restore and maintain a healthy glow!
1 Life Extension Disease Prevention & Treatment, 4th Edition, Life Extension Media, pg 1515