If you go to Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Key Largo, or Montego Bay just remember the tips included in this post on how to care for your skin. Enjoy the kokomo as you read!
Welcome back to the series on wellness that was started some months ago. So far we have looked at different dimensions of health:
I have discussed the importance of knowing your body and taking personal responsibility for your health by adopting and adapting the following into your health regime:
• positive thinking
• exercise at least 30 minutes for at least three times per week
• sleep between 6 to 8 hours at night
• skin care: follow a daily routine
• hydration (drinking water and/or electrolytes)
In previous posts I have touched on positive thinking, exercise and sleep or rest. Today I will discuss the need to look after the largest organ in your body – your skin. For success in any endeavor is the need for consistency and perseverance. You have to develop a daily skin care routine, especially suited for your particular skin type. If your routine is not properly aligned with your skin type then you may be laboring in vain ( no pun intended). Caring for your skin is important aesthetically as well as for protection against sun damage, natural aging and other skin problems.
Whatever your age, ethnicity or skin type, regardless of the season depending on your location, there are a few fundamental recommended daily steps to achieving great looking and healthy skin:
Additionally all of us whether we live in the tropics or not, need to protect our skin from the damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Prolonged exposure to rays of sunlight may induce wrinkling, age spots, skin cancer and other problems. We can protect our skin from the sun’s rays by
• Use of sunblock or sunscreen.
Literature recommends that we use an SPF factor of at least 15. I use as high as 70. Unfortunately I only started using sunblock a few years ago, after the damage had already been done. As a result today I am battling with some dark spots on my cheeks. Due to a new skin care routine and new products, I am beginning to see those spots fade away.
• Avoiding the sun as much as possible, particularly during the most vulnerable times (about 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon). If you have to be out wear long sleeves, long pants or skirt, a wide-brimmed hat or cap and shades (tested of course).
They say beauty is skin deep. We need to keep our skin beautiful and healthy from the inside out so that cleansing and sun protection are necessary but are not exclusive. For truly glowing skin a healthy, balanced diet is essential; nutritionists advise that we eat lots of fruit, vegetables, lean meats and peas and beans.
It is also important that our Vitamin C intake is boosted as this along with other factors has been linked to younger looking skin. A reduction in fatty foods and refined carbohydrates and, in some individuals, chocolate and alcohol consumption also aids in improving the skin’s texture, health and appearance.
Equally important to what we eat is what we drink. More water means more hydration which translates into greater rigidity in the skin- this is desirable because it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, it moisturizes internally and acts as a detoxifier. How much water is enough varies but it is worth noting that dehydration may already have set in by the time one feels thirsty. For many years it has been recommended that approximately two liters of water is to be consumed daily.
While water consumption is high on the list for skin care, taking care to limit the number of times per day the skin is washed is also of importance. Too much washing, scrubbing, use of harsh soaps and use of hot water appears to negatively impact the health of the skin. These procedures strip the skin of essential oils and reduce moisture levels. After washing the skin, it is suggested that patting with a towel should be done as opposed to wiping to remove excess water.
Physical stress such as wiping is harmful to the skin; but so too is emotional stress. In fact research has shown that there is a multifaceted link between stress and skin problems or the skin-psyche connection. Stress causes the skin to produce neuropeptides which in turn create inflammation and may trigger sensations such as tingling, itching and sensitivity.
To promote the health of skin then stress needs to be avoided or at least managed through positive thinking (see post on positive thinking). Conditions such as psoriasis, acne and dermatitis are exacerbated when an individual is under stress.
Do you have a consistent skin care routine?
Drop me a line to tell me about your secret skin care tip that has your skin glowing and youthful. I would really like to hear from you!