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Maintaining proper skin care is essential for not only graceful aging, but staying healthy. Our skin is the largest organ in the human body. It serves as the protective barrier between the internal organs and the rest of the world. Not only does healthy skin help regulate body temperature, it heals faster and fights off potential diseases than damaged skin.

While there are millions of products on the market that suggest they are the best for proper skin care, these five steps are inexpensive and simple ways to protect your skin.

 

 

  • Drink water

 

Our body is made up of 60% water. When you are not adequately hydrated, you are not able to function at your full potential. We require water for our cells to transport nutrients and minerals through our bodies and also to help eliminate wastes and toxins. The extra toxins in the skin can cause dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, and premature wrinkling.

 

  • Limit sun exposure

 

While sun exposure can be good for our skin by providing vitamins D, too much can have adverse effects. Long-term sun exposure is known to be associated with the development of skin cancer, skin aging, immune suppression, and eye diseases like cataracts.

 

  • Eat food with antioxidants

 

Antioxidants are the best resource your body has for fighting diseases. These superfood supplements also help reduce signs of aging and inflammation. Some of the best sources are blueberries, acai berries, goji berries, spinach, and raspberries.   

 

  • Choose a reputable skin lotion

 

What you are putting on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body. Choose a lotion that is free of irritating fragrances and chemicals. One of the best creams on the market is Coloplast’s Sween 24 Cream. Apply once daily to protect and relieve dry skin.

 

  • Sleep

 

Last but definitely not least, sleep. If you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep, you are subjecting yourself to an increased level of cortisol. This stress hormone leads to inflammation in the body, acne, and psoriasis.

 

Follow these simple steps to make sure you are feeling and looking great everyday.