People tend to focus on skin health during summer, but your skin faces a daily battle against the sun and dry weather. We moms need all the help we can get when it comes to keeping our face and body in tip top shape, especially to distract from the bags under our eyes! Follow these five tips to keep your skin healthy throughout the year.
1. Moisturize Daily
Many things that people face in daily life can cause dry skin. Even something as simple as the aging process can make skin dry. Over time, skin gets thinner and dryer, making it necessary for many people to use a daily moisturizer by the time they enter their 40s. Look for moisturizers that contain:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Glycerin (glycerol)
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good results. Just make sure the moisturizer you choose has helpful ingredients.
2. Use a Humidifier
Dry air is a leading cause of skin problems. The problem often worsens during winter, when hot furnaces pull moisture from the air. Adding a humidifier to your furnace is one of the simplest ways that you can improve your home’s air quality. It’s a relatively simple job for professionals who have already done plenty of installations. You can also get a simple room humidifier that will pay for itself in a manner of weeks! Instead of suffering with dry, itchy skin, use a humidifier to replace the moisture that has been removed from the air.
3. Always Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for going to the beach. Your skin gets exposed to harmful rays every day, even when it is cloudy. In fact, research shows that about 80 percent of UV rays can penetrate cloud coverage. Don’t skimp on sunscreen during winter, either. You’re probably not outside as much during the winter months, but you can actually get heftier doses of UV rays because snow reflects it (if you happen to live in a colder climate). That means UV rays are bombarding you from above and below. If you aren’t in the habit of wearing sunscreen, post a note on your bathroom mirror. Eventually, putting on a thin layer of sunscreen will become a part of your morning routine.
4. Wear Protective Clothing
Sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing hats and long-sleeved shirts can also help. Some companies make shirts and pants that are specially designed to block UV rays. They cost a little more than other clothes, but the extra expense is worth it. When choosing a hat, look for designs with wide brims. They offer more protection for the skin on your face.
5. Avoid Tobacco Smoke
Smoking has been linked to several skin ailments, including psoriasis. Researchers think that tobacco smoke causes these problems by reducing the amount of Vitamin A and moisture, affecting skin elasticity, and narrowing blood vessels that deliver nutrients to skin. If the health effects aren’t enough to convince you, then just think about the way tobacco smokes contributes to signs of premature aging. Smoking, however, isn’t the only way that people get exposed. Simply being near cigarette smoke is enough to cause damage, especially if you are exposed to it regularly.
Keeping your skin healthy isn’t difficult as long as you know the right steps to take. A little prevention can go a long way!!
Jennifer Monahan is a freelance writer and a mom of 2 fantastic kids out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When she’s not working around the house and cleaning up after her husband, she likes to keep up and write about the newest fashion trends. You can follow her on twitter @Jenmonahan76