November is National Skin Care Month

Our skin plays an important role in our health; it’s
actually our body’s largest organ. Skin helps keep body
temperature even, protects our organs and provides a
pretty package for our body parts. Unfortunately much
of the time we don’t take care of our skin the way we
should, especially in the coming winter months, when
skin can become dried out, itchy and uncomfortable.
Here are some tips on keeping your skin healthy and
feeling and looking great.
1. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
Before stepping into the shower, brush your dry skin with your loofah,
body brush or exfoliating gloves to help remove the loose skin and
prepare your skin for the exfoliating process. Begin with the soles of your
feet, working your way up your body.
While in the shower scrub your body in a circular motion with a natural
exfoliant made from sea salt or sugar. You can purchase this, or make
it yourself. When you reach the bikini area, don’t scrub too hard
because the skin is very sensitive. You can use a body brush to exfoliate
your back and other hard-to-reach places. Be gentle on your face,
particularly around your eyes and mouth, use an exfoliating product
especially formulated for the face. Don’t forget about your hands and
feet, you want them to look and feel soft and smooth too! Rinse your
body with lukewarm water; follow by the coldest water you can stand.
2. Moisturize every day
After stepping out of the shower, apply a moisturizing body lotion all
over. Make sure that its free of chemicals and dyes and if its scented
make sure it’s from a natural source. Or better yet, buy unscented and
put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in it to personalize your
scent. Keep the lotion out on your counter to encourage use whenever
you feel you need it. If you’re worried about aesthetics, find a pretty
decanter to keep it in.
3. Wash your face at night
All day long our face is exposed to dirt, toxins, and oils from the air,
telephones, fingers etc. Even if you don’t wear makeup, be kind to your
face and wash it before bed. As we sleep our skin repairs itself, washing
and moisturizing provides a perfect pallet for renewal. You will notice a
difference in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines just by making
sure your face is clean at night.
4. Drink plenty of water
Water is an essential part of eliminating toxins from your body, without
enough of it toxins can build up in our skin causing breakouts and other
skin problems.
5. Eat a healthy diet The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall
health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the
largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the good nutrition.
6. Exercise regularly
By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and
keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells
throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen,
blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals,
from working cells in the skin.

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