Healthy Lifestyle Choices

October 26, 2018

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:
Use sunscreen. 
Seek shade. 
Wear protective clothing.

2. Don't smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles by narrowing the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3.Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin.
Avoid strong soaps. 
Shave carefully. 
Pat dry. 
Moisturize dry skin..

4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress
To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Healthy living is an emphasis at Lake Prince Woods. Exercise classes, discussions on healthy eating, presentations by health care professionals, as well as opportunities to nurture the mind and spirit are offered. Contact Tammy Garrett, 757-923-5504, [email protected], or Trish Alt, 757-923-5559, [email protected] to schedule your visit to our community.