Beyond it having an esthetic characteristic, the function of the skin is to protect the body from external elements such as bacteria, temperature and contaminants. Caring for it is essential in order for the body to have good general health up through old age.
Sunspots, dry skin, premature aging, loss of elasticity and wrinkles as well as specific diseases and skin cancer can be prevented with simple daily practices, that fortunately, depend on oneself.
The skin’s worst enemy is the sun. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), while sunlight is necessary in order for bones to develop, excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause severe or irreversible damage, especially among those with light skin, blue or green eyes, and blond or red hair, or among those who have a previous family history of skin cancer.
To keep your skin healthy, keep the following tips in mind:
- Drink plenty of water. Being well hydrated improves he skin’s flexibility and resistance.
- Avoid being exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
- Refrain from smoking or from exposing yourself to second-hand smoke.
- Hydrate the skin with skin lotion, especially if you are frequently in spaces that have air conditioning.
- Be aware of possible changes in the skin’s appearance and in birthmarks, sunspots and moles. Pay attention to damaged skin, irritations, growths, and any changes in color or texture on your skin.
- Avoid the use of tanning beds.
In the morning and towards the middle of the day, use a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more. Read about more recommendations on this topic with the article, Sunscreen: The importance of reapplication