National Healthy Skin Month
November is National Healthy Skin Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness about keeping skin healthy all year long─to prevent sun damage, reduce signs of aging, and safeguard one of the most vital organs we have.
What’s the most important factor in protecting that pretty face? You guessed it, sunscreen. You might be surprised to learn that up to 90% of the changes we associate with aging─such as lines, wrinkles, and discoloration can be attributed to past sun exposure. The American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation offer these tips to help reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer:
- Minimize your sun exposure between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
- Apply sunscreen even on cloudy days, and after swimming or perspiring.
- Wear protective clothing, and hats that shade your face and neck.
- Avoid exposure to UV radiation from sunlamps or tanning parlors.
- Protect your children from too much sun between 10:00am and 3:00pm, and apply sunscreen frequently to children 6 months of age and older.
Beautiful, healthy skin is an inside job too. A whole foods diet rich in fresh produce will help you maintain that healthy glow. Your skin, hair and nails all contain proteinssuch as collagen, elastin, and keratin which respond to key nutrients. For example:
- Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene help protect skin cells from free radical damage.
- Vitamin C helps fight wrinkles, since it partners with zinc to help the body make collagen.
- Zinc also supports the tissue-rebuilding action of Vitamin A.
- Selenium enhances the absorption of Vitamin E and may reduce skin cancer risk.
- The entire B-Complex family helps tissues regenerate and fights the effects of stress by supporting healthy adrenal function.
A lifestyle that promotes healthy skin also supports overall wellness. Take care of your skin, and it will take care of you!