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Keeping Your Skin Healthy and Protected

By Stephen R. Farris

There's nothing more refreshing than spending some quality time outdoors. Fresh air, sunshine, a gentle breeze brushing across your skin. What more could anyone ask for? Well, as nice as all that seems, there are -- as with most anything these days -- some risk factors. Risk factors such as sunburns, dry skin conditions and if your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays for too long of a period, there's a chance of developing certain types of skin cancer.

Exposed skin can cause it to become leather-like too. But there are ways you can protect your skin, both outdoors and in. 

Keep It Covered

Have you ever seen someone working outside wearing long sleeved shirts and a hat that looks as if they just enlisted in the French Foreign Legion? After all, it's 102 degrees out here. Aren't they burning up? Not exactly. Most clothing will allow your skin to breathe, even in hot conditions. The sweat from your body acts as a cooling agent and can help keep your core temperature cooler. With your skin covered while doing outdoor chores around the house or at work, or play, you reduce the damage UV rays can cause as well. So covering up is not such a bad idea after all. And, by all means, use sunscreen if covering up is not an option.

Believe It or Not, Diet Can Help Save Your Skin

What you eat and drink can keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Drinks such as Green Tea, along with natural foods and sweeteners like Manuka Honey, for instance, are both heavily fortified with strong antioxidants that can attack damaging free radicals in the body and actually help to reduce their numbers. Cucumbers are another good source to choose from, and since they are 96 percent water, they can act as a hydration booster. Throw in a few tomatoes, sweet potatoes, salmon and some berries in the mix and you have a variety of skin healthy foods with much needed nutrients and minerals to keep it that way.

You can also consult with your local chiropractor as well. They not only treat joint and back pain, but can help with your nutritional and exercise needs as well by offering suggestions and advice, so you can start and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

So make sure when going outdoors, keep covered, use sunscreen, eat wisely and do your part to keep your skin healthy and younger looking for as long as you live. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Taylors, S.C. 

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