How to be Comfortable and Healthy In Your Own Skin
I write a lot about fitness products – and people are honestly surprised when I ask them to name the most important muscle in their body. Many will guess the core, the triceps, or the biceps – but the most important muscle we have is the Heart. Yes, the heart is a muscle, and, that’s one reason why cardio exercise is so important.
Now – do you know what body organ is the largest? It’s your skin, and adults carry some 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it. So, how do you care for your largest organ, what many call your “body’s coat?” Here’s what the American Academy of Dermatology has to recommend:
- Sunscreen really is the true fountain of youth. No matter what your skin type – dry, oily, sensitive, or combination – everyone should wear a sunscreen or lotion with a minimum SPF of 15 to 30 daily. I live in Minnesota, and used to think I didn’t need sunscreen in the winter months – wrong! The sun’s rays can still be damaging as it reflects off the snow. Fantasia Aesthetician Saba recommends investing in a moisturizer with sunscreen, so one step will both protect and nourish your skin.
- Cleanse your face twice a day –preferably in the morning and evening. Your face and hands are probably the most exposed parts of your skin, and are bombarded everyday with pollutants, harsh sun rays, acid rain, and environmental debris. Use a cleanser designed for your skin type, and never go to bed with your makeup on (it can clog your pores and lead to breakouts). If you’re not sure what your skin type is – make an appointment with our Fantasia aesthetician for a facial and a personalized daily skincare routine.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Your body is always making new skin cells and getting rid of old ones, up to 40,000 old skin cells every day. The skin you see now – will be gone in the next 30 days. Dead skin cells sit on top, known as the dermis, and include 18 to 23 layers of just dead cells. When old skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. Use a weekly face mask and while you’re at it, use the same mask on your hands. Many women say they first notice their aging skin on their hands – so pamper them as well with a monthly manicure and pedicure! Fantasia Aesthetician Saba suggests a monthly facial, to clear your pores, make note of any skin changes, and provide a blank canvas for those new, healthier skin cells.
- Start using anti-aging products in your 20’s. It may sound extreme to use anti-aging products while you’re still fighting pimples, but during ages 25 – 34, your skin undergoes a myriad of changes, many of them hormonal. Using an anti-aging night cream, moisturizer, or facial mask can help your skin adapt to these changes, while staving off wrinkles and sun damage. Anti-aging products can help rebuild your collagen and elastin levels, which can greatly improve the visible appearance of your skin.
- Don’t forget to moisturize the rest of your body, too. Get into the habit of applying moisturizing cream or body lotion to your arms and legs when you first step out of the shower in the morning. Skin can become dehydrated anytime of year, and results in dry, flaky, irritated skin, and can increase your risk for fine lines and wrinkles. Fantasia Nail Technician Marni, who is OPI-certified, says that a monthly mani/pedi will slough off dead cells, and keep newer, healthier skin cells hydrated and nourished.