3 Simple Tips for Extraordinarily Healthy Skin

Cynthia Dermody

close up of skinYou can spend thousands on creams, lotions, and other products designed to give you beautiful skin, but the fact is, if you don't take good care of your skin holistically, on the most basic level that you do for every other part of your body, it's a fruitless effort and a lot of money wasted.

Take it from someone who's fraternized with dermatologists for years, healthy skin is a pretty easy concept and so attainable if you follow a few basic rules. And it's not just about your face -- though that's the part we think of most when we hear the word "skin" because that's the part that people see, that reveals whether we look young or old, and, you know, that thing about your soul.

If you want your skin to be healthier, and thereby look younger, all you really need to do is follow these 3 simple tips for great skin:

1. Stay out of the sun.

How. Many. Times. Can. This. Be. Said. ? Not enough because so so SO many people still don't get that it's the sun's harmful rays, that radiation hindering your collagen and elastin production, that always get you in the end. Sun damage is responsible for 90 percent of all the wrinkles and sags you see now on your face, the dark spots on your arms, and the crapey skin around your ankles. Yep, if everyone would only stay out of the sun, we'd all look 30 and face lifts wouldn't even exist. Topical creams can help to lessen the effects of years of sun abuse, but you'll never reverse those deep-down damages. Start young and resist, resist, resist.

2. Feed your skin.

Again, easy peasy. Anything you put into your body through your mouth manifests its effects not only on the internal organs of your body but on your body's external organ -- the body's largest organ -- too. That's right -- skin is an organ because it can breathe and absorb things. So, do you honestly think that cigarette smoke you are inhaling or that alcohol you are drinking is only wreaking havoc on your lungs and liver? Pa-shaw. It's making your skin a sallow, dehydrated, red, and blotchy mess -- and paving the way for you to age at warp speed.

Feed it good things through your body -- plenty of water, fruits, and veggies packed with free radical busting antioxidants, which protect skin from time's ravages and may reverse some earlier UV damage. Feed it good things topically, too -- invest in a good quality moisturizer to soothe it from the elements, and above and beyond all things good and holy in this world -- GET A GOOD SUNBLOCK. And wear it. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Yes, even when it's cloudy.

3. Treat your skin.

While the healthiest skin is skin that's cared for from the inside and through smart lifestyle habits, it does respond happily to a little pampering. One of which many skin experts say falls more in the category of necessity rather than luxury: exfoliation. You should do this once a week with a good scrub or a gentle pad. Removing that dead outer layer of your skin reveals the fresh, lovely, youthful cells underneath and stimulates collagen production. If you can splurge once in a while, treat yourself to an even more intensive exfoliation, like microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.

Your skin will positively glow with appreciation.

Do you follow these three basic rules for good skin?


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