Health Tips for Overall Well-being from Hope Wellness Clinic
Okay, so, if you’re like me you’re more than ready for the summer weather since Kansas can’t seem to make up its mind and Spring never really got the memo to show up. Suns out, guns out, right? Woah, slow your role, guy. First, let’s talk about the importance of skin health and the potential dangers of being out in the blazing hot sun too long and what you can do to protect yourself.
What could potentially happen if we neglect skin health and spend a lot of time out in the sun? The main two that almost everyone thinks of is sunburn and skin cancer and indeed they are the most common effects both short and long-term of being out in the sun too long while neglecting skin health. But being out in the sun too long can also cause damage to the retinas of our eyes and believe it or not, being out in sun too long can cause the skin to wrinkle at a much earlier age because of the UV light of the sun.
So, what are some ways that you can protect your skin health but also still be sure to go out and have some fun in the sun?
- Use a natural sunscreen and apply before going outside in the heat. You can find these at a natural grocery store or on the EWG’s website. EWG stands for Environmental Working Group and is an organization dedicated to helping consumers find healthy and natural products to use such as cosmetics, food, and in this case sunscreen or skin care products. You can review and find which sunscreen is right for you by accessing this link: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/#.Wvr5IGbMyL8.
- Exfoliate the skin using a skin brush which you can find in most cosmetic sections of Target, Walmart, natural grocery stores, etc.
- Keep your skin hydrated with aloe vera. Especially if the sunburn gets you!
- Be sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water! The best way to ensure that you’re staying hydrated is to take your body weight (in lbs.), divide it in two and voila! That is the number in oz. of water you should drink daily. Another good rule of thumb is to drink no more than 4-6 oz. of water every 10 minutes.
Look, we all want to go out to the lake or the beach and/or get that nice bronze tan but let’s be sure to protect ourselves and our skin health first and then go out for some fun in the sun because let’s face it, who likes getting burnt and getting slapped by friends and family and the shower water hitting your skin and feeling like it’s hydrochloric acid slowly peeling it away? Not this guy.
So, do yourself a favor take care of your skin health and your family’s as well!
Here’s to letting your light shine within and your skin glowing on the outside!