Dr. Donnica's Top Ten Tips for Healthy Skin
Did you know that the average adult skin weighs around 7lb (3.2 kg) and has
approximately 300 million skin cells?!! Your skin is the largest organ in your
body. Having healthy looking skin is not only a cosmetic concern: when skin
looks healthy, it's generally because it IS healthy!
- The most important thing you can do to protect your skin is to stop smoking
or never to start. Smoking is terrible for many organs, but also can cause
premature aging and yellowing of the skin. The tobacco smoke released into
the air dries out your skin, while the smoke you inhale constricts blood vessels,
and therefore, the amount of blood and flowing to the skin, robbing your skin
of essential nutrients.
- Keep well hydrated. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day will help
keep your skin moist and supple, thus less likely to wrinkle.
- Protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure: avoid being
out during peak sun times, wear a hat, wear sunglasses, and be generous with
moisturizers with an SPF of 15 or higher on exposed areas. Wind and cold
can also be particularly harsh to exposed areas, especially the lips. While
Chap stick™ and other lip protection lubricants with an SPF ingredient are
helpful, chapped lips can also indicate dehydration.
- Your outside reflects what's inside: eat a healthy, well balanced diet
with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Be sure to remove your make-up thoroughly before bedtime. Clean skin is
healthy skin. However: don't overdo it! Excessive washing depletes the surface
oils in the outer layers of the skin and may provoke dermatitis or worsen
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Applying moisturizer after a warm shower
is particularly beneficial, but a good rule of thumb is to moisturize your
face after each cleansing (ideally, morning and night).
- Sleep deprivation wreaks havoc on your body in general, but particularly
on your face. The best way to get rid of those tired looking bags under your
eyes may be to get a better-and longer-night's sleep on a regular basis.
- Exercise is also good for your whole body, but particularly for your skin.
Exercise can help increase skin tone and maintain elasticity. Exercise can
also increase the blood flow to your skin and give it a healthy glow.
- Vitamins and minerals are important for most organs and the skin is no exception.
As a minimum, consider taking a daily multivitamin with antioxidants.
- If you have skin problems-such as itching, dryness, suspicious moles or
rashes-consult your physician. As with most medical problems, these are best
discovered and treated sooner rather than later.
Created: 1/9/2004  - Donnica Moore, M.D.