May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention Month. Not by coincidence, it’s also the time when the sun starts shining longer and stronger as summer approaches. So there’s no better time to brush up on skin health strategies.
Having healthy skin is your first line of defense against skin-related diseases. 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US each year, making it the country’s most common form of cancer. The good news? With the regular use of sunscreen, skin cancer is highly preventable.
Why is having healthy skin important?
Our skin is our bodies’ first line of defense against a daily onslaught of viruses and bacteria. It also shields the rest of our tissue, organs, and cells from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. In addition, the skin produces vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun, an important part of many essential body functions.
How can you keep your skin healthy?
Vitamin A helps to regulate oil glands which can assist with lessening acne flare-ups. It also plays a key role in supporting the production of new cells, which helps skin age less rapidly. Good sources: egg, oily fish, yogurt
Vitamin D is one of the most beneficial vitamins for your skin. It helps with cell growth and repair. It also helps your immune system fight free radicals that can contribute to premature aging. Good sources: egg yolk, salmon, mushroom, milk
Vitamin C could be called the collagen synthesizer, because of its role in building healthy skin. It also can be a powerful tool in making sunscreen use more effective while helping to prevent dry skin. Good sources: chilli pepper, kale, kiwi
A healthy skincare routine don’t have to be complicated, in fact, generally it only requires four steps :
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Although there are thousands of products on the market that claim to remove wrinkles and prevent aging, it’s important to look at the ingredients and understand what some of the most popular active ingredients do for the skin.
Wash your face twice a day. Aim for a happy medium between over-washing and underwashing, both of which can have negative impacts on the skin. What’s a good frequency? Usually, cleansing just twice a day. Nighttime washing is especially important for removing makeup that can clog pores overnight.
Eat a balanced and healthy diet. Thankfully, the key dietary recommendations for healthy skin are the same as for other parts of the body: lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The nutrients in whole foods can actually help in preventing skin cancer and aging.
Get clean after a workout. Exercise is awesome for the skin (and the body of course) because it helps improve circulation and blood flow. Showering and washing your face after a rigorous workout helps cut down on bacteria from sweat lingering on the skin and potentially clogging pores.
Use an oil-free moisturizer. Moisturizers are a great tool for helping to prevent the damage dryness can cause the skin. But sometimes moisturizers can clog pores and cause pimples. To prevent this, opt for lightweight, oil-free options designed for oily skin.
Don’t skip the sunscreen. Of course the most important reason to use sunscreen is to help prevent skin cancer, which can be deadly. But there’s other benefits too. UV rays can damage the skin and cause wrinkles. The drying effects of the sun can also cause your body to overproduce oil, which can lead to breakouts. A wide variety of sunscreens are on the market, including tinted and those designed just for the face.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing properties. But using coconut oil on your face may not work for every skin type, especially those prone to excess oil and breakouts..
Aloe vera is known for its skin healing properties, but it may also stimulate new cell growth. It also soothes and moisturizes without clogging pores. Applying aloe vera to your freshly washed face is an easy way to achieve a natural glow.
Water is one of the most basic and inexpensive ways to nourish the skin, drinking 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water a day is a super easy way to nourish your skin and help to keep it hydrated..
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, staying away from processed foods, and keeping hydrated are easy ways to ensure your skin stays healthy and ages less rapidly. Adding sunscreen to your daily routine is a simple habit that can have lifesaving benefits.