Healthy Skin Tips
Did you know that the average adult's 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 just a cosmetic concern. When skin
looks healthy, that's generally because it IS healthy! Here are Dr. Donnica's
Top 10 Tips for Healthy Skin:
- The most important thing you can do to protect your skin is to stop smoking
-or better yet - never start. Smoking is terrible for many organs and 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 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, and 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. But 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. Consider taking a daily multivitamin with anti-oxidants.
- If you have skin problems such as itching, dryness, suspicious moles or
rashes consult your physician. As with most medical problems, these are best
diagnosed and treated sooner rather than later.
Created: 12/4/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.