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How Do You Treat Your Skin?

By Tom Herrin

Some of us are concerned about our skin, and some never seem to give it a second thought.  Historically, many of us have thought that women spent more time and worry with it than men.  As they worked to preserve natural beauty, they generally used a variety of things to help keep it looking and feeling as young as possible.  In today's world, many men have more concern about it as well.  All of this may be for good reason.  The skin not only projects appearance, but it also protects us from infection.  While there are all kinds of things that may support healthy skin, we list a few here.

Use a Good Sunscreen

When I was younger, I had never heard of sunscreen.  It is now a near necessity.  For a variety of reasons, we may be more prone to serious problems with skin.  Skin cancer is all too common.  It is usually suggested that we use sunscreen any time we spend any amount of time out in the sun.  Some feel that a good one should be mineral-based.  Active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are preferred.  While there is not always agreement  on SPF, it is usually believed that it should be at least a 30.

Use Skin Care Products at the Right Time

When using products for the skin, it is important to use then when they will do the most good.  Applying them immediately after a bath of shower.  This allows it to act as a sort of sealer to help keep the moisture in and prevent drying.  While many of these have much to offer, they will not have as much success in trying to repair skin that has already been damaged as opposed to trying to preserve skin that is still somewhat fresh.

Rest Is Important

In order to keep the skin appearing younger, getting enough sleep is a big deal.  It is pretty easy to test that by looking into a mirror anytime you have had a rough night.  An adequate amount of sleep allows our body to repair itself.  There may not be a perfect number of hours required for the best results, but something near eight hours is usually a safe bet.  Sleep is always a good investment either way.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, Colo.

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