The world seems to be obsessed with youth and when it comes down to it, youth is something most determined by our skinâ€™s appearance.Â However, healthy skin is about more than looks; itâ€™s about our bodiesâ€™ health as well.Â Skin is the human bodyâ€™s largest organ.Â It serves as protection from outside elements and is our first defense against harmful substances, germs, etc. in the outside world.Â It regulates our bodyâ€™s temperature, which means that skin is vital to every organ in our body.
[box type=”note”]Keeping skin healthy isnâ€™t just about now, however; as we age, our skin thins and loses elasticity, both of which can make it harder for skin to do as it should. Given the importance of our skin to our health, here are some vital tips for ensuring your skin is healthy and stays healthy.[/box]
Drink Lots of Water
Our bodies are made up of almost 90 percent water.Â Because our skin is so vital to our entire bodies health, it is important that you work hard to replenish it.Â In the short-term, not doing so means dry skin; in the long-term, repeatedly dehydrated skin will lead to the quickened deterioration of our skin.Â And considering that an aging body begins to lose important strength, sees a lowered immune system, a thinning of the skin, etc., it is imperative that we keep our skin as hydrated as possible to keep our protective barrier in tip-top shape.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
It only takes about 15 minutes in the sun for your body to sustain irreversible skin damage.Â For those counting at home, we spend less time driving to work in the morning, and the sun definitely shines through our car windows.Â This makes it essential that you wear sunscreen every, single day.Â Not doing so could mean something as serious as skin cancer or as simple as prematurely aged skin.
As is stated above, as we get older our skin becomes thinner and less elastic, which means that it isnâ€™t capable of providing our bodies with the protection and regulation as well as it used to.Â Not wearing sunscreen can add to and quicken the process of aging skin, making sunscreen a necessity to our everyday health.
Wear the Right Sunscreen
We all want tan skin, but those using a sunscreen with spf 5 protection are kidding themselves if they think that theyâ€™re being protected from the sun.Â As a matter of fact, the government recently began requiring that sunscreen producers state on sunscreen products with less than 15 spf protection that such sunscreens have not been proven to prevent premature aging or skin cancers.
Always use a sunscreen of between 30 and 45 spf (anything higher hasnâ€™t been proven to protect skin any more so than 45 or below) labeled as â€œbroad-spectrumâ€ (i.e. provides UVA and UVB protection), and reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hour that youâ€™re in the sun.