Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tuesday Tips -Healthy Skin

Here are some great tips on ways to keep your skin healthy and prevent sun damage.

Daily Preventive Skin Care

The following are some daily measures for skin protection:

  • Don't wash your face too often with tap water. (Once a day is enough.) It strips the skin of oil and moisture. In addition, chlorinated water, particularly at high temperatures, poses special risks for wrinkles.
  • Wash your face with a mild soap that contains moisturizers. Avoid alkaline soaps, especially with deodorant.
  • Pat the skin dry and immediately apply a water-based moisturizer.
  • Always apply sunscreen, even if going outdoors for short periods.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. Alcohol increases the risk for leaks in the capillaries, which allows more water in and causes sagging and puffiness. Capillary leakage increases when one is lying down.
  • Lie on the back when sleeping. This helps offset the effects of gravity.

Avoid Sun Exposure

One of the most important ways to prevent skin damage is to avoid episodes of excessive sun exposure. The following are some specific guidelines:

  • Use sunscreens that block out both UVA and UVB radiation. However, do not rely only on sunscreen for sun protection. Wear protective clothing and sunglasses in addition.
  • Avoid exposure particularly during the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, when sunlight pours down 80% of its daily UV dose.
  • Avoid reflective surfaces, such as water, sand, concrete, and white-painted areas. Clouds and haze are not protective and in some cases may intensify UVB rays.
  • Ultraviolet intensity depends on the angle of the sun, not heat or brightness. So the dangers are greater the closer to the summer-start date. For example, in the Northern Hemisphere, UV intensity in April (two months before summer starts) is equal to that in August (two months after summer begins).
  • The higher the altitude the quicker one sunburns. One study suggested, for example, that an average complexion burns in 6 minutes at an altitude of 11,000 feet at noon, compared with 25 minutes at sea level in a temperate climate.
  • Avoid sun lamps and tanning beds or salons. They provide mostly high-output UVA rays. Some experts believe that 15 - 30 minutes at a tanning salon is as dangerous as a day spent in the sun. People should not be misled by advertising claims of "safe" tanning or promotions offering unlimited tanning.
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Karma by Morgan said...

great tips!

picciolo said...

wow I didn't know that about the angle of the sun, how interesting! Thanks for sharing these tips with us, very useful
: )

Anonymous said...

Good advise. Thanks for posting this. The sun is just starting to make an appearance in my corner of the world!

Mary Richmond said...

good tips--nice blog! came over from etsy forum....

Rosebud Collection said...

Thanks for all the great tips..


Even more reason to stay out of the sun. I love it but now I know better! Thanks

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tips
just starting to get sunny out here