Love Your Skin – Valentine’s Day health tips for skin

Show your skin a little love this month through healthy living.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this time of year is all about love and that includes loving your skin. Expensive skin care products and fancy packaging may look appealing, but dermatologists know the best way to truly love your skin is by taking care of yourself and your body. Here are some

Stay away from UV rays

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in this country and most cases occur because of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun is the biggest source of UV rays, which can lead to wrinkles, age spots and premature aging of the skin. Indoor tanning also exposes the skin to damaging UV rays.

Love your skin by avoiding the midday sun – between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day. Wear hats and protective clothing and steer clear of indoor tanning beds and lamps.

Lights out

Smoking is not only harmful to your overall health, it can be very damaging to skin. Tobacco destroys the skin’s collagen and elastin causing sagging and deep wrinkles. Smokers often develop a dull, sallow complexion and under eye bags.

Squelch the squint

Repetitive facial expressions such as squinting and frowning can cause permanent lines. Pay attention to facial movements and wear sunglasses to prevent squint.

Fuel your body with healthy food

Some scientific studies have shown excessive junk foods can contribute to skin aging, while fresh fruits and vegetables may prevent skin damage. Keep skin glowing and youthful by following a healthful diet.

Stay active

Exercise increases circulation and boosts immunity. Love your skin by hitting the treadmill or biking through the neighborhood for 30 minutes most days of the week.

Bye bye to booze

Alcohol causes dehydration and, eventually, skin damage. It can also exacerbate certain skin conditions such as rosacea. Limit alcohol intake and keep skin hydrated by increasing water intake when you do drink.

This month and all year long, remember to love your skin with a healthy lifestyle. If you suffer from skin breakouts or premature aging, talk with your dermatologist about steps you can take to improve the condition of your skin.

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